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Language Acquisition Programs

A notification template for local educational agencies to use and modify for the purpose of alerting parents of language acquisition program options.

We are required to provide a Structured English Immersion (SEI) program option. If you choose this option your child will be placed in a classroom that uses mostly English for instruction. (Refer to the desciption of program options and goals below.)

[Note to District: Insert all language acquisition programs provided.]

[e.g. Our school(s) also offer a Developmental Bilingual program that you may choose for your child. If you choose this option your child will be placed in a classroom that uses English and another language for instruction. (Refer to the desciption of program options and goals below.).]1

Requesting a Language Acquisition Program

Language acquisition programs are educational programs designed to ensure English acquisition occurs as rapidly and effectively as possible, and provides instruction to English learners based on the state-adopted academic content standards, including English language development (ELD) standards. (EC Section 306[c])

Description of Program Options and Goals for English Learners

[District modifies the language acquisition program description, according to the program options provided.]1

A description of the language acquisition programs provided in the [insert district name] are listed below. Please select the program that best suits your child.

  • Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program2: A language acquisition program for English learners in which nearly all classroom instruction is provided in English, but with curriculum and a presentation designed for pupils who are learning English. At minimum, students are offered ELD and access to grade level academic subject matter content.
  • Dual-Language Immersion (DLI) Program1: Also referred to as Two-Way Immersion. A language acquisition program that provides language learning and academic instruction for native speakers of English and native speakers of another language, with the goals of high academic achievement, first and second language proficiency, and cross-cultural understanding. This program begins in Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten (TK/K) and continues to sixth grade.
  • Transitional Bilingual Program1: A language acquisition program for English learners that provides instruction to pupils utilizing English and a pupil’s native language for literacy and academic instruction, enabling an English learner to achieve English proficiency and meet state-adopted academic achievement goals. This program begins in TK/K and continues to third grade where students transition to instruction all in English.
  • Developmental Bilingual Program1: Language acquisition program for English learners that provides instruction to pupils utilizing English and a pupil’s native language for literacy and academic instruction, enabling an English learner to achieve language proficiency and meet state academic achievement goals. This program begins in TK/K and continues with the goal of biliteracy to sixth grade.
  • Heritage Language Program1: Language acquisition program for English learners that provides instruction to pupils utilizing English and a pupil’s native language for literacy and academic instruction, enabling non-English speakers or students who have weak literacy skills in their native language to achieve language proficiency and meet academic achievement goals. This program is designed for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Parents/Guardians may choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child. Schools in which the parents or legal guardians of 30 pupils or more per school or the parents or legal guardians of 20 pupils or more in any grade request a language acquisition program that is designed to provide language instruction shall be required to offer such a program to the extent possible. (EC Section 310[a])3

Parents may provide input regarding language acquisition programs during the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan. If interested in a different program from those listed above, please contact [insert district contact name and information] to ask about the process4.

Parents of English learners have a right to decline or opt their children out of the school district’s language acquisition program or opt out5 of particular English learner service(s) within a language acquisition program. (20 U.S.C Section 6318[c][A][vii]) However, LEAs remain obligated to provide the student meaningful instruction (5 CCR Section 11302) until the student is reclassified, inform the parent when progress is not made, and offer the parent programs and services to consider at that time.


1Districts should edit (add, delete, etc.) to reflect programs offered 

2 SEI must be included as an option for English learner program placement

3This language must be included in this letter or another parent resource (i.e. parent handbook) 

4 This process must be articulated and documented per EC Section 52062(a)(2) External link opens in new window or tab.

5 See Ch. 7 (p. 6) of the U.S. Department of Education Toolkit for the Sample Opt-Out letter

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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