English Language Learning (ELL)


Developing English Language Skills for Social and Academic Success

Centered around a student-centered approach to language instruction and development, ELL services aim to provide English language learners with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful in both social and academic contexts, so that they can reach their academic potential, and become successful global citizens. Learners will develop competence in the following areas;

Social and communicative skills

Academic language knowledge and skills

Strategic competency (the ability to use language to clarify meaning, understand, and be understood by others)


ELL support is offered from the second semester of K3 through Grade 6 in a number of ways depending on the age and instructional needs of the learner. In order to support an integrated learning environment that fosters language development ELL teachers will:

Advise and assist homeroom teachers in unit and lesson planning, and adapt resources to meet the language needs of ELLs within the classroom;

Work collaboratively as a teaching partner with homeroom teachers to facilitate a model of inclusion in English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Units of Inquiry (UOI);

Provide language lessons in small groups to develop early communicative and literacy skills.



In the Middle Years Program (MYP), as part of becoming a global citizen, students study two languages in order to develop their linguistic and cultural understanding. English language learners will therefore take Language & Literature in their dominant language, and then study English Language Acquisition, delivered by a specialist ELL teacher. As students increase their proficiency in English they may transition over to English Language & Literature. In addition to specialist instruction, ELL teachers work together with Individuals & Society (I&S), and Science teachers to plan and deliver integrated, differentiated lessons so that all language learners are able to access the content and curriculum.


In the high school grades, students who are still developing higher levels of English language proficiency will take an elective class - English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The EAP class is designed to provide students with deeper knowledge and skills in academic reading and writing. Its focus is on research, analysis, and writing for different purposes, as well as building further on academic vocabulary, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The secondary ELL teachers will also act as consultants for other subject areas so that all learners can access the content and curriculum.



During admissions, each applicant will be assessed to establish what the child knows and can do and what level of support they will need in the classroom. When receiving ELL support, teachers will also conduct a range of on-going assessments to track progress.

Once students have reached a level by which they can actively support their own language and academic learning, and confidently access the content and curriculum, they will no longer require ELL services. The decision to exit students from the ELL program will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by a team of teachers, and school administration.






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