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English Language Learner

ELL COMMUNICATIONS                                                        

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                                                                                                                                   

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.


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. 


** 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. 



ELL English 10 - Composition and Spoken Language is a transitional English class designed to assist ELL learners in developing their oral language skills, and to support them in developing and refining their skills in written communication in a variety of contexts.   Using a variety of texts as models, students will: 

  • learn to think critically 
  • explore, extend, and refine their writing 
  • practice oral language through performance and public speaking
  • draft, reflect, and revise writing to build a body of work that demonstrates breadth and depth
  • develop the spoken language skills that are necessary in everyday, educational, and professional contexts
  • improve reading and oral comprehension skills through study of a wide variety of texts 

 Core competencies include personal and social awareness of cultural identity and strengths as an English speaker, creative and critical thinking about English texts (both oral and written) and communicating effectively in written and spoken forms.

 This bundled 4 credit courses is designed to support transitional ELL students in developing the foundational skills needed for the academic rigor of grade 11 and 12 English courses.   Students who are successful in this course will receive 4 credits for English 10 - 2 credits for Composition, and 2 credits for Spoken Language.  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                                                                                                                                         

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 explores Canada’s role in the modern world with special attention paid to: the major wars of the 20th century, global and environmental issues, as well as Canada’s electoral and legal system. The emphasis in this transitional course is placed equally on acquiring academic language skills and developing an understanding of designated core content in Social Studies 10.


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.


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