Learning and Leadership Services
Learning and Leadership Services
Curriculum & Instruction - Bilingual Education: An Overview
The purpose of the Bilingual Education Program is to help students with limited English proficiency (LEP) to master the state curriculum.  It also teaches English to all students in the program.  The Bilingual Education Programs serves children who have a language other than English in their homes and need help learning English.  English speaking children may also participate in bilingual education programs to become proficient in two languages. In the Seguin ISD, Bilingual Education Programs are offered to eligible Pre-Kindergarten and elementary school students.  Included below are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions parents have regarding the Bilingual Education Program. How will the Bilingual Education Program help my child?
The Bilingual Program:

  • provides access to the state curriculum;
  • teaches English to LEP students using appropriate methods;
  • help build knowledge and learning of academic subjects in the first language and English; and
  • instills self-assurance, confidence, and cultural pride in students.
Will my child be taught the same subjects and learn the same skills as students in the regular program?

  • YES!   All students in Bilingual Education must receive instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in their native language and English.
  • YES!   Language arts, reading, mathematics, science and social studies are taught as part of the state mandated curriculum.
  • YES!   Music, physical education, health, and art are also part of a balanced curriculum.
Will my child learn English?

  • YES!   The mastery of English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills is required in the program.
  • YES!   English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is an integral part of the bilingual education program.
  • YES!   Academic instruction begins in the student’s first language and transitions into English.
Who is responsible for teaching in a Bilingual Education Program?

  • Teachers must be specially trained to teach in Bilingual Education Programs and meet the same language needs of their students.
How can parents become involved in the Bilingual Education Program?
  • Parental approval is required for students to participate in the program.
  • Parents can volunteer for classroom activities.
  • Parents can encourage their child to achieve, provide a place to study, and show interest in schoolwork.
  • Parents can ask their child’s teacher or principal about becoming a member of the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) that determines how students will be taught.