English Language Learners

An English language learner is a student whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English that is significantly different from what is used for instruction in Ontario schools.

We offer two programs:

  1. English as a Second Language (ESL) support is for students who have attended school and can read and write in their first language at an age-appropriate level; and
  2. English Literacy Development (ELD) support is for students who have missed all or some of their schooling or who cannot yet read and write in their first language at an age-appropriate level.

 

How do we support English language learners?

In elementary schools, ESL/ELD teachers work with students in their regular classroom, in a group, or individually. ESL/ELD support programs are developed with the classroom teacher based on each student's needs.

In designated secondary schools, students can take up to five ESL or ELD courses toward a secondary school diploma. Beginner-level students can take courses in different subjects created for English language learners (e.g., Math, Civics, Geography, History, etc.).

 

How do I register and English language learner for school?

Elementary School

You can get information about ESL or ELD support at your local elementary school. After talking with you, the school staff will discuss your child's needs and suggest appropriate program support.

Secondary School

London and Middlesex County: You can get information about ESL or ELD at your local secondary school.

ESL/ELD Programs are available at:

HB Beal Secondary School, London

Montcalm Secondary School, London

Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School, London

Westminster Secondary School, London

All secondary English language learners living in the city of London and Middlesex County must visit the Reception, Orientation & Assessment Centre for an Initial Language Assessment prior to completing a school registration.

Elgin County and Oxford County: All secondary English language learners living in Elgin County are entitled to attend East Elgin Secondary School for ESL/ELD courses. All secondary English language learners living in Oxford County are entitled to attend ESL/ELD courses at Huron Park Secondary School for ESL/ELD courses.

Newcomer students will be assessed at these schools following registration.

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