English Language Learning (ELL)
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
ELL 5 is non-enrolling support (i.e. not a scheduled class in student timetables) where students will receive ELL and writing composition support through occasional meetings as well as in their English classes.
Ongoing student assessment will be done by ELL teachers. At the end of the school year, the ELL department determines placement for next year based on in-class, school and district testing and assessments of students' writing, reading, speaking and listening in English. The assessment rubric will be shared with students.
How to Have Success in ELL
English is the language of instruction in our school and research has shown that it takes many years to gain fluency in a new language. We encourage newly arriving students to maintain a positive attitude and demonstrate a willingness to make mistakes and keep trying to speak English every day. The more students read, speak and communicate in English, the stronger their language skills will become. Ongoing communication between parents/guardians and the school is also an essential aspect of student success, as is providing opportunities for students to read and speak English outside of school.
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