English as a Second Language (ESL)

To assist students who are not native speakers, Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 has established the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. It is designed to develop the students English proficiency, providing them with both the skills and confidence they need to participate fully in school and the community. The ESL program is supported by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.

All K-12 English language learners must be assessed annually for English proficiency growth (Title III) and academic progress (Title I). Beginning in FY 2005-06, the Illinois State Board of Education provided districts with a language proficiency assessment for all English Language Learner (ELL) students, called ACCESS for ELLs™. NCLB regulations require this new English language proficiency test to be administered to all Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Illinois State Board of Education also made available to all districts the W-APT (the Screener) , which is an assessment tool available year-round to district staff to identify English Language Learners for the purpose of program placement. As a district with a TPI/TBE and LIP/LEP program, our staff has been trained on the English Language Proficiency Standards, the ACCESS for ELLs™ assessment, and the W-APT.

W-APT (the Screener)

The Screener is the assessment tool that districts will now use to identify new students as LEP.
Under the Illinois School Code, all students whose parents have indicated on a Home Language Survey (HLS) that a language other than English is spoken in the home or by the student, must take an English language proficiency test to determine program placement.

Students who are assessed with the Screener for placement will also be required to participate in the ACCESS for ELLs™ annual assessment.

Referral Process

Step 1:  Home Language Survey

Step 2:  Request for TPI Testing form/Interview Student, Parent

Step 3:  Access Screener/Educational History

Step 4:  Eligibility Determination

Our ELL/ESL teachers and paraprofessionals work in collaboration with the classroom teachers to effectively teach English Language Learners. Elementary ELL students participate in mainstream classes as well as scheduled ESL instruction based on each student’s proficiency level and grade level. Small group instruction is provided by the ESL teacher or paraprofessional and is designed to develop listening, speaking, writing and reading skills in English.

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC)

The Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) consists of parents who have a child in one of Oak Lawn-Hometown 123’s  Shelter, Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) or Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) programs. Schools with State Mandated Transitional Bilingual programs are required to establish a Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC).

The mission of the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee is for parents, staff, and the district to work together in order to meet the needs of all multilingual students and their families.


  • Promote parent participation in the District
  • Establish a collaborative voice between our bilingual families and District 123
  • Develop the capacity of our parents to support their children with their academic work
  • Provide educational workshops for families to increase student achievement of our Bilingual Students

Contact Dr. Patricia Gonzalez, Director of English Learners, if you are interested in attending our meetings and events.
Office: (708) 423-0150

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meetings

November 2nd- Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
Time: 6:00 pm-7:30
Location: Hometown Elementary School, 8870 S. Duffy Ave., Hometown
December 6th- Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
Time: 6:00 pm-7:30
Location: Hannum Elementary School, 9800 S. Tripp Ave., Oak Lawn
November Minutes

February 1st- Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
Time: 6:00 pm-7:30
Location: Kolmar Elementary School, 10425 Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn
December Minutes

April 11th- Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
Time: 6:00 pm-7:30
Location: Sward Elementary School, 9830 Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn

Bilingual Parents and district 123 staff members are encouraged to attend the meetings virtually or in-person!

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