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English Language Learners (ELL)

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

ELL Introduction (Beginners) - 5 credits

This is a beginner level class offered for our level 1 and 2 students.  In this class, students focus on reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary as well as learning some basic communication skills.  Students enrolled in this class will be working towards completing Alberta ELL Proficiency Benchmarks 1 and 2. 

ELL Introduction to Canadian Studies - 5 credits

This is a Social Studies course designed for students who are new to Canada.  The course teaches Canadian social issues, geography, history, politics and culture.   Students work on their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills while learning about Canada.  This class is for students who are working on completing Alberta ELL Proficiency Benchmarks 1, 2 and 3.

ELL Intermediate (Level 3/4) - 5 credits

This is a low-intermediate/intermediate level English class.  Students will continue to develop their language skills.  There is a strong emphasis on improving writing skills, vocabulary-building and grammar.  This class is for students who are completing Alberta ELL Proficiency Benchmark 3 and 4.

ELL Science Process and Vocabulary - 5 credits

This sheltered science course helps students build the vocabulary, knowledge and process skills required for further science courses. Students learn how to write lab reports and develop investigative and reading skills necessary for science. Students who successfully complete this course and have their teacher's recommendation progress to Science 10. 

Full Year English Class - 10 credits

This course is designed to prepare students for English 10-2 credits and/or English 10-1 credits. At mid-year, students may be able to challenge the English 10-2 final exam or the English 10-1 final exam as determined by the teacher. Teachers will then recommend the next English course: either continue in English 10-2 or English 10-1 in their grade 10 year; or move to English 20-2 or English 20-1 in their grade 11 year.

Students who write the English 10-2 exam in June, and pass, will be awarded credits for both ELL Intermediate and English 10-2.

This class will be recommended to students by administration at Sir Winston Churchill. Students who are working at ELL Benchmark 4 or 5 will be considered for this course.

Exam Accommodations

As of September 2004, some coded ELL students writing diploma examinations may also be allowed to be adaptively accommodated with extra diploma exam writing time. These students must have a Current Exceptional Student Code of either 301 or 406. ELL students should consult with their English/ELL coordinator for more information.