Calgary Board of Education

English Language Learning (ELL)

ESL Coordinator: Mr. C. Newman

Number of ESL Students: approximately 155
Number of languages spoken in the school: approximately 35
Room: 29
Levels of support taught: 5

Program Overview

ESL stands for English as a Second Language. At Clarence Sansom School, most students who have learned English after learning another language attend ESL. The program is designed to work with students of various levels in a way that best suits their needs. Based on their current level of English Langauge, they are placed in a number of ESL classes. In these classes, they work on reading skills, mechanics of writing, and oral langauge pronunciation. For Beginners and Intermediate 1's, the program is very comprehensive. the students are in several periods of ESL per day. They still participate in regular Math, Lifestyles, Phys Ed, and Options but ar epulled out of a number of their other cores (Humanities, Langauge Arts, Social Studies, and Science). The idea is to fovus on learning the basics in English before attempting regular core curriculum, yet still be occasionally exposed to a regular classroom to allow interaction with other students. This part of the program is designed to help thes tudents adapt towards eventially being full-time in a regular classroom. With the higher level students, the program is not as comprehesnvie. It is designed to assist the mainstreamed students in the cores without affecting their time in regular class. They acquire their ESL support during option time. During a particular block, they would receive ESL help on their already assigned core material as well as obtain additional assignments to enhance their skills in English.

All ESL students benefit from being in this program.

See Bridge Club and Girls' Culture Club for clubs afficlilated with ESL.

Levels of Support

Level 1 - Literacy - Learners are able to recognize letters and simple words. They can use pictures to represent feelings and needs. They are able to respond to familiar questions and commands.

Level 2 - Beginner - Learners can understand simple, connected sentences. They can respond to familiar questions and commands. They can decode new words and understand information by using knowledge of English patterns. They can use models to construct original text.

Level 3 - Low Intermediate - Learners can identify main ideas and details in text and make use of comprehension strategies. They can decode multi syllabic words and use definition clues to understand unfamiliar words. Learners are able to understand analogies. They can elaborate ideas independently and can control word order and simple tenses. They have comprehensible pronunciation and intonation.

Level 4 - High Intermediate - Learners can use inference clues and identify patterns of organization. They speak and write in coherent, well-developed paragraphs. Learners can select accurate vocabulary and generate complex sentences with a variety of tenses. They can respond critically to literature, addressing hypothetical questions and distinguishing between implied and literal meaning. They use a variety of strategies to sustain conversion and speak with comprehensible pronunciation and intonation.

Level 5 - Advanced - Learners have fully operational control over the language with occasional misunderstandings and inaccuracies. They can understand extended discourse on unfamiliar topics. They can spell and write using a variety of sentence structures and grammatical forms. They have command of abstract and specialized vocabulary and can adjust speech and writing for different audiences.