English Language Learning
English Language Learning programs are offered to help students develop fluency and literacy in English so that they will be able to function in the social and academic environment of mainstream classes.
Goals and Objectives
- Social and communicative proficiency (the language of social interaction) in everyday life.
- Academic communicative proficiency (the language of academic instruction) in school life.
- Learning strategies, study skills, and problem solving skills pertaining to school and everyday life.
- Canadian citizenship.
- Speaking, listening, reading, writing and English grammar.
There are five levels of ELL instruction offered at Richmond Secondary School.
ELL 1 and ELL 2 (Beginner ELL and Lower Intermediate ELL)
These courses will develop English language ability through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be introduced to the multicultural aspects of Canadian society and the basic features of Canadian geography and government. Preparation for integration into mainstream courses will include introduction to science vocabulary, processes and language support for electives where possible. Field study experiences are also integrated into the curriculum.
ELL 3 and ADVANCED LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 4 (Upper Intermediate and Advanced ELL)
These courses will develop and extend English language ability. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature and genres or writing, such as research papers and formal essays. The program will include learning strategies and critical thinking skills. Language through content will be emphasized.
ADVANCED LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 5
Exit to mainstream
Students must take eight blocks of required courses and electives. Students will receive ELL support in their English classes.
On-going student evaluation is done by the ELL teacher. At the end of the school year, the ELL department determines placement based on evaluation and school and district testing.
Success in ELL
A positive attitude, perseverance and immersion into English speaking activities contribute to the overall success of the student’s language acquisition. Communication between parents/guardians and the school is also an essential aspect of student success.
ELL 1 Composition
ELL 1 Literature
ELL 1 Communication
ELL 2 Composition
ELL 2 Literature
ELL 2 Science/Socials
ELL 3 Composition
ELL 3 Literature