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English Language Learner (ELL)

Formerly known as English as a Second Language (ESL).

Success in high school courses, particularly those with demanding language requirements such as English and Social Studies, requires a solid investment in English language development. Our ELL program helps students gain the language competence necessary for them to achieve the success required for post-secondary study.

If students are not sufficiently fluent in English to meet the academic challenges of high school courses, their English language proficiency will be assessed and they will be directed to the appropriate ELL classes to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing.

At Sir Winston Churchill, to help promote English fluency, we focus on the four strands of language acquisition which are: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Student placement and movement within the ELL classes is determined by the Alberta ELL Proficiency Benchmarks.

In the ELL program, we center on the needs of the individual student, and provide programs accordingly.  Some students move through the ELL courses and program very quickly, while others take more time.  Each student is unique and will progress at different rates.  Using the Alberta ELL Proficiency Benchmarks, teachers in the ELL program assess and evaluate student progress throughout the semester.