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English Language Learner

The English Language Learners program strives to achieve the following goals:  to develop students' English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading comprehension and writing. ELL courses support student progress through the stages of language development, from beginning English language acquisition to transitioning into English 9-12 classes.



ELL COMMUNICATIONS LEVEL 1                                                         XLDCE10C01

ELL COMMUNICATIONS LEVEL 2                                                         XLDCE10C02

The aim of these multi-level courses is to prepare students from integration into the mainstream academic program with regards to oral competency, reading comprehension and writing skills.  Students will practice grammar and reading comprehension strategies and skills, and will also focus on developing speaking and listening comprehension in a variety of contexts. With an emphasis on oral fluency, students engage in activities such as role-play, oral presentations, interviews, and dramatic presentations in a cooperative and supportive setting. Students are also encouraged to practice pronunciation, stress and intonation to increase confidence and to promote functional competence in English for academic purposes across many disciplines.  Through all forms of communication, they will increase their knowledge of global cultures and cross-cultural intelligence.


ELL ENGLISH LEVEL 1                                                                              XLDCE10EN1

ELL ENGLISH LEVEL 2                                                                              XLDCE10EN2

These multi-level courses are designed to develop students' English proficiency in all areas of language focusing on grammar, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and the appreciation of literature written in English.  Students learn and practice the skills and vocabulary specific to the study of academic English and will begin to develop different phases of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, peer response, revising, editing and publishing.  A variety of appropriately challenging literature, is used to develop academic understanding and to help students to relate reading to writing.  Students will also learn writing styles specific to English classes, such as Literary paragraphs and analysis, creative stories, poetry, scripts, and personal writing.


ENGLISH LEARNING ENTRE                                                                    XLDCE10ELC

The aim of ELC is to continue to develop skills learned in ELL Communications and to assist students to improve and become more proficient in their use and understanding of the English language as they transition into English 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12. Students will work on developing their skills, and expressing themselves, in a variety of situations and forms, particularly in speaking and writing. Students will be given the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth through speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing. The goal of ELC is for students to reach a level of English language proficiency that will help them meet the expected learning outcomes of the Provincial Curriculum.

Throughout the year, students will be studying, practicing, and improving their vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and usage, capitalization, punctuation, summarizing texts in their own words, note-taking, paragraph and essay structure, reading comprehension, as well as their oral speaking skills. Please note: All ELL students will be expected to complete at least one year of ELC to improve their language skills once they transition out of ELL English and Communications classes. 


ENGLISH 10 TRANSITIONAL                                                                    MEN- -10TRN

This is a course for students making the transition from ELL English to regular English.  English 10 Transitional is designed to assist ELL learners in developing their reading comprehension, and oral language skills, and to support them in developing and refining their skills in written communication in a variety of contexts. Through the study of appropriately challenging texts, students will improve comprehension and will learn to think critically as they explore, extend, and refine their writing, and for opportunities for performance and public speaking. Within a supportive community, students will individually and collaboratively study, create and use language to explore and create coherent, purposeful compositions in a variety of modes. They will develop their craft through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to build a body of work that demonstrates breadth, depth, and evidence of writing for a range of situations.  They will further develop the spoken language skills that are increasingly necessary in everyday, educational, and professional contexts.

This 4 credit ELL course is designed to prepare and support transitional ELL students in developing the foundational skills needed for the academic rigor of grade 11 and 12 English Language Arts courses.  Students who are successful in this course will receive credit for English 10.  Students must be placed in this course by the ELL and English departments based on English proficiency observed in ELL Communications level 2 and ELL English level 2.



ELL SOCIAL STUDIES LEVEL 1                                                                   XLDCE10SS1

ELL SOCIAL STUDIES LEVEL 2                                                                   XLDCE10SS2

This course is designed to help students learn the content of Grade 8/9 Social Studies as well as the skills and vocabulary required for successful entry into grade level Social Studies courses. Topics include Canadian and European history, geography, and the cultural composition of Cana­dian society.


SOCIAL STUDIES 10 TRANSITIONAL                                                       MSS- -10TRN

This is a course for students making the transition from ELL Socials to Socials 11.  The course will follow the Socials 10 curriculum. This course is eligible for Socials 10 credits. 


ELL SCIENCE                                                                                                XLDCE10SC

Students will study scientific concepts in topics including biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. The emphasis will be to learn the science laboratory skills and to develop English Language skills required for grade level Science courses.


ELL PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9                                                                    MPE- -09ELL           

ELL PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10                                                                  MPE- -10ELL

For the reception level ELL student.  This course is designed to allow skills and health related components of PE to be practiced in a safe and encouraging way while allowing students to acquire the “language” of Physical Education. 

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