ELL/International Program at Queen Elizabeth School
Queen Elizabeth Senior High School has a growing ELL/International Student program designed to meet the needs of approximately 150 ELL students, with 48 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.
Our ESL Staff includes two full-time teachers and a part-time assistant.
- Ms. M. Norcross (teacher): ext. 3037, email: email@example.com
- Ms. P. Keillor (teacher): ext. 3028, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms. A. Walker (assistant)
We currently offer the following courses for our ESL students:
- Level 1 Tutorial classes for our Junior and Senior High stduents
- Level 2 Language and Vocabulary Instruction, (two semesters)
- Level 3 Language Instruction and Expository 15, (two semesters)
- Level 4 Language Instruction and Expository 25, (two semesters)
- Introduction to Canadian Studies,
Students’ level of English proficiency is determined through an assessment at Kingsland School, recommendations of teachers at the student’s previous school and/or by the results of tests conducted upon arrival to Queen Elizabeth Senior High School.
The chart gives some information about the background and English proficiency level of ESL students.
- little or no formal experience with English prior to arriving in Alberta schools
- age-appropriate level of literacy in at least one language other than English
- have wide range of knowledge and skills from previous schooling
- may be in an intensive ELL program - 50 to 75 per cent of their time
- may move relatively quickly into curriculum areas in which they have the knowledge background ex. mathematics and sciences
- have acquired some competence in English, either in Canada or elsewhere
- may be in ELL settings for 50 per cent of their time
- ELL classes may include science, social studies and English language arts focused courses designed to prepare students for senior high school courses.
- students have basic English language competency and need to acquire the language skills necessary to further their learning in a variety of subject areas.
- need instruction and practice in language skills that will help them learn successfully
- comprehend instruction in most senior high school courses
- may have difficulties in social studies and English language arts (require wider vocabulary, and more cultural and background knowledge)
- success in these courses may depend on students’ previous knowledge in the area of study and on sufficient assistance with language learning
The CBE's International Bureau
Visit the CBE's Global Connections website for more information and links