English Language Learning

English Language Learning (ELL)

Students who do not have English as their first language must acquire the learning outcomes of Levels One to Three in the ELL program before commencing the regular English program.  Students in Level Three can take their regular Social Studies course concurrently with Intermediate ELL.  Students in Level Four can take their regular English course concurrently with ELL English.  Students will receive the following number of blocks of support per year for each level:               

                  Level 1 - 3 Blocks

                  Level 2 - 3 Blocks

                  Level 3 - 2 Blocks

                  Level 4 - 1 Block

                  Level 5 – non-enrolling

BEGINNER ELL (LEVELS 1 AND 2)     

This course is for students with emergent English skills.  It focuses on learning basic grammar, improving the four key language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), and adapting to the school and Canadian culture.  Students will have the opportunity to explore non-fiction, short stories, novels, poetry, Canadian history, and Canadian and world geography.  Students will also study science safety, materials, and vocabulary, as well as fundamental math terminology.  An ELL workbook may be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in this book will be charged up to $45.00.  It is strongly recommended that students bring a bilingual dictionary/translator to each class. 

Our ELL students are assessed on an ongoing basis.  This assessment includes Richmond School District level testing.  ELL 1 & 2 students will be given a final letter grade/percentage on the June report card.  A progress report will be included as an attachment to each report card.

INTERMEDIATE ELL (LEVEL 3)            

In this course, students continue to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Students will also study Social Studies in one ELL 3 block, with a focus on Canadian geography, history, and government.  In the second block, students are introduced to more complex poetry, short stories, novels, and drama.  Level 3 students can take regular Social Studies.  An ELL workbook may be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in this book will be charged up to $45.00.  It is strongly recommended that students bring a bilingual dictionary/translator to each class. 

Our ELL students are assessed on an ongoing basis.  This assessment includes Richmond School District level testing.

ELL ENGLISH (LEVEL 4)                          

In this course, students continue to strengthen their four language skills. Students will read and interpret a variety of literary genres (poetry, short stories, novels, drama), employ a variety of writing styles, expand their vocabulary, and further hone their grammar skills.  Level 4 students can take a regular English course.  An ELL workbook may be used in this course.  Students wishing to write in this book will be charged upto $45.00.  It is strongly recommended that students bring a bilingual dictionary/translator to each class. 

Our ELL students are assessed on an ongoing basis.  This assessment includes Richmond School District level testing.

LEVEL 5 ELL

Level 5 students who have received ELL support for fewer than five years are eligible for support from an ELL teacher in the following ways: in-class support, small-group pullout, and individual tutoring.  Students are most commonly supported in courses such as English and Social Studies.