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ESL / ELD
​​Welcome to ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERACY DEVELOPMENT

ESL/ELD TEACHER:  Ms M. Chessell (on leave) / Ms T. Frelih

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.

Pine Ridge Secondary School offers credit courses in five levels of ESL and five levels of ELD. Three of these courses can replace compulsory English credit courses, but students must also take a mainstream English credit course at the grade 12 level. Extra ESL or ELD courses count as optional or elective credits.

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.

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For more information check the Newcomers' Guide to Secondary School (Public School Board) on the Settlement.org website at www.settlement.org.

This guide can be translated into 20 different languages.