ESL Level 1 – 2
This beginner ESL course is designed to help students who are new to Canada or the English language improve basic English skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with emphasis on oral communication skills. In this course, students will also be introduced to Canada and Canadian culture. Students will be required to enrol in ESL support / tutorial classes while taking this course.
ESL Level 3 – 4
This intermediate ESL course is designed not only to help students improve their basic competency in English, but also introduce students to using English academically. The course will help students to develop in the essential areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with emphasis given to vocabulary development, and complex sentence and short paragraph writing. Students are required to demonstrate a Level 3+ proficiency in English before being recommended for ESL Skills 10 or ESL Canadian Studies 10. Students will be required to enrol in ESL support / tutorial classes while taking this course.
ESL Skills 10
This course enables advanced ESL students to explore literature and to use language with confidence through exploration, response and practice in reading, writing, speaking, listening and cooperative learning. Exposure to various genres and literary terminology covered in this course prepares students for English 10. Students will be required to enrol in ESL support / tutorial classes while taking this course.
ESL Canadian Studies 10
While developing their proficiency in English, ESL Canadian Studies 10 acquaints students new to Canada with Canadian geography, history, government, law, culture, customs and current events. In addition, this course allows students to explore Canada’s role in the global community. Students will develop their skills in reading comprehension as well as speaking and writing descriptively and analytically, to formulate theses, to express their opinions and demonstrate an understanding of concepts in increasingly complex writing. The strategies, concepts, and language skills which will be taught are as important as the content. Key vocabulary, visuals, and concepts are covered in this course to ensure success in Social Studies 10. Students will be required to access additional services as outlined by the ESL teacher.
ESL Skills 11
This course is a continuation of ESL Skills 10. It prepares the advanced ESL student for English 11. Students registering for this course should be able to write compound and complex sentences, develop a paragraph, and have some knowledge of literary terms and their applications. Students will examine literature and practice using language through exploration. The four main English language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will be refined.
ESL Support / Tutorial
This non-credit class is intended to provide language, social, and academic support across the curriculum. This class is designed for advanced ESL students who are now enrolled in regular English and Social Studies classes and require assistance with language-based assignments. This class is also offered to students who are new to the country and will provide a setting for academic and social interaction. Held outside the regular school schedule, this class does not replace any of the other core or elective courses. Students are encouraged to discuss and seek help on parts of homework that they have tried and cannot do or understand. This class aims to help students be successful at school and to be connected with other students.
ESL Composition 11
Composition 11 is an intensive writing course designed to provide ESL students with additional writing skills and practice necessary for academic writing. Students will write with compound and complex sentences and develop paragraphs and essays in response to literary texts. Students will be required to access additional services as outlined by the ESL teacher.