English Language Learning


In a diverse community we often welcome families with children who are new to learning in English. The Newcomer Program is designed to ease the transition into an English environment for both students and families.  Depending on need, students are pulled out of the mainstream classroom to receive intensive, small-group instruction on a daily basis to develop basic communicative language skills and basic literacy skills. When ready, students transition to being fully immersed in the mainstream classroom with planned support to help them access the curriculum.

We value the home-school partnership and meet regularly with parents to nurture those relationships. Our aim is to enable students to function in the mainstream classroom as quickly as possible whilst still feeling supported in their adjustment. We recognize that students are individuals and may need newcomer support for different lengths of time.


The language of the classroom can be complex and students need strong literacy skills to demonstrate their understanding of concepts clearly and purposefully. When language is integrated across all curriculum areas and students are included in the mainstream classroom for literacy, their learning is contextualized. When writing is integrated with the Unit of Inquiry students develop the language skills they need to deepen their understanding across all subject areas. The purpose of the Literacy Inclusion Program is to include English Language Learners (who are proficient in social English) in mainstream literacy lessons with support in place to facilitate language learning. The lessons are co-planned and co-taught by the homeroom and Learning Support Teacher with specific differentiation to enable all students to communicate effectively in more formal, written English.


As English Language Learners move to the secondary school the demands of the curriculum increase and subjects become more complex. Students need to be familiar with subject-specific vocabulary across a wide range of subjects.  The demands of academic writing also increase and students need to develop language skills to communicate in more formal ways, both in Speaking and Writing. The volume of written texts also increases and students need to read for different purposes.

The Secondary ELL After-hours Program provides additional support both within existing school programming and outside school hours to support students with the development of academic language skills thus enabling them to access the mainstream curriculum.