Calgary Board of Education

English Language Learners (ELL) and International Students

Queen Elizabeth High School has a growing ELL/International Student program designed to meet the needs of approximately 150 ELL students, including almost 40 International Students. This program is designed to assist students in grades 7 – 12 whose first language is not English. These students require specific language instruction to improve their English reading, writing speaking and listening skills

ELL and International Student Newcomer's Guide


  • Ms. Melanie Norcross (ELL Learning Leader/International Student Coordinator)
    t | 403-777-6380 ext. 2320 | email:

  • Ms. A. Walker (assistant)


Students’ level of English proficiency is determined through an assessment at Kingsland School, recommendations by teachers at the student’s previous school and/or by the results of tests conducted upon arrival to Queen Elizabeth Senior High School.  The characteristics of English Language Learners are described in this document by Alberta Education.

For the 2013/2014 school year, we offer the following courses:

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 1 & 2 (all grades) ELL Support (with ELL Assistant) ELL Support (with ELL Assistant)
Level 1 & 2 (all grades) Beginner ELL Beginner ELL
Level 2 & 3 (high school only) Canadian Studies 15 & 25  
Level 3 (high school only) Expository English 15 ELL Level 3
Level 4 (high school only) Expository English 25 ELL Level 4

Once students have completed Level 4, they are integrated into regular English Language Arts and Social Studies courses.


» Click here for a website with information on Culture Shock.

» Click here for a website which explains the Characteristics of ELLs throughout the five levels.

» Cick here for a useful website for International Students studying in Calgary.