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Ignite Learning
English Language Learners

Who are English Language Learners?

  • English language learners (ELL) are students whose first language is a language other than English or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the English used in Ontario schools
  • these students may be Canadian-born or newcomers from other countries
  • they come from diverse backgrounds and school experiences and have a wide variety of needs
  • English language learners may initially require educational adaptations to assist them develop English language proficiency

Programs for English Language Learners

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are for students who are either new to the country or are Canadian-born, whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the English used in Ontario schools. These students are proficient users of their first language, but have limited facility in English.

English Literacy Development (ELD)
English Literacy Development (ELD) programs are for newcomers whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the English used in Ontario schools. These students have had limited opportunities to develop literacy skills due to interrupted schooling or a lack of access to education. These students have significant gaps in their education and have had limited opportunities to develop literacy skills in any language.


The Rate of Language Acquisition
  • research shows that it takes 5 to 7 years to become proficient in a new language
  • day-to-day language generally develops within the first 2 years, but it takes 5 to 7 years (and sometimes longer) for academic language proficiency

 

Contact Us:
For further information contact the ESL/Itinerant Resource teacher at your school or the Education Officer, Coordinator ESL/ELD at
905-666-6314.

 


 

Adult English as a Second
Language Classes