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English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL Teacher
Christina Paquette
paquettec@hdsb.ca


Milton District HS is an ESL Resource Secondary School.  We offer support to those students who are ESL Levels 4+

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Who is the English Language Learner?

English Language Learners (ELLs) are students whose first language is a language other than English.  This includes a variety of English that is significantly different from the language of instruction in Ontario's schools.

These students may be Canadian born or have arrived here from other countries.  They come from diverse backgrounds and school experiences, and have a wide variety of strengths and needs.  All may require focused educational supports to assist them in attaining proficiency in English.

Courses offered at MD

English as a Second Language, Level D

In this course, students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects.  Students will extend their listening and speaking skills through participation in discussion and seminars, study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts.

English as a Second Language, Level E

In this course, students will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literacy works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively.  Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print & media texts.

Acronyms Defined

"ELL" - English Language Learner: English language learners are students in provincially funded English language schools whose first language is a language other than English, or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the variety used for instruction in Ontario's schools, and who may require focused educational supports to assist them in attaining proficiency in English. 

"ESL" - English as Second Language Programming: These courses are designed for English language learners who have had opportunities to develop language and literacy skills in their own language appropriate to their age or grade level.  Most English language learners are in this group. 

"ELD" - English Literacy Development Programming: These courses are designed for English language learners with limited prior schooling who have not had opportunities to develop age-appropriate literacy skills in any language. These students are from areas of the world where educational opportunities have not been consistently available.