Transitional English instruction builds on students’ experiential and academic knowledge to develop skills in reading, critical thinking and analysis, and writing that will enhance their success in college-level courses across majors and career pathways while aligning with the Illinois Learning Standards.

To support the implementation of Transitional English, a Statewide Advisory Group has been established in partnership with ISBE, ICCB, and IBHE that is comprised of secondary and postsecondary representatives that advise on the approach for professional development, curricular resources needed, and a review of materials currently in use by communities implementing Transitional English.

Through the collaboration and efforts of this group, resources have been created and community resources have been vetted that align with the Statewide Course Parameters, Competencies, and Policies document to support new and established Transitional English courses to meet the requirements to apply for statewide portability. Please utilize, repurpose, and share the following resources within your community as you look to enhance or design a Transitional English course.

Statewide Transitional English Resources

For more information on Transitional English, please access the following materials for an overview of the Statewide Transitional English course parameters, competencies, and policies:

Resources Developed by the Statewide Advisory Group

Sample Unit Plans

These examples are in process and represent the best thinking of communities. They will continue to be iterated based on feedback and student outcome.

College of Lake County* / Grant Community High School District 124
* Approved for statewide portability
Transitional English Content Competencies
Transitional English Syllabus
For detailed unit plans and associated resources, please access the links included in the syllabus.
Partnership Agreement
Homewood-Flossmoor High School Regional Office of Education 47
Transitional English Course Overview Transitional English Isolation Unit
Transitional English Course Map Transitional English Medical Ethics Unit
Transitional English Unit 1 Transitional English Success Unit
Transitional English Unit 2  
District 100 District 211
Transitional English: Global Awareness Course Overview Transitional English: Introduction to Rhetoric Course Overview
Transitional English: Global Awareness Planning Calendar Transitional English: Introduction to Rhetoric Planning Calendar

Starting the Journey: Professional Learning Workshops

The first session features an overview of the PWR Act, Transitional English philosophy, and Statewide Transitional English Course Parameters, Competencies, and Policies document.

Download the Session 1 presentation

The second session highlights community college partnerships and the approval process and documentation for Transitional English.

Download the Session 2 presentation

The third session highlights instructional shifts for Transitional English.

Download the Session 3 presentation

Additional Resources

At the 2022 Equity First conference, hosted by the Illinois Education and Career Success Network, Melvin Harrison, Director for Academic Affairs at Illinois Community College Board, presented on Transitional English course implementation and how the courses can build bridges for student access. Then, Anji Garza, Director of Professional Learning & Educational Services at ROE #47, shared resources and insights on developing or enhancing Transitional English. Download the presentation.