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English as a Second Language

St. Mary's is proud of the diversity within our school community!

 

Refer to the ESL Pathways Chart as a guide to ESL programming.

In addition, we offer several other courses that have been adapted
to meet the needs of English language learners.

 

Beginning Literacy, ELD Level 1 ELDAOI
This course is intended for English language learners who have had limited access to schooling and thus have significant gaps in their first-language literacy skills. Students will use basic listening and speaking skills to communicate in English for everyday purposes; develop readiness skills for reading and writing; begin to read highly structured texts for everyday and school-related purposes; and use basic English language structures and sentence patterns in speaking and writing. The course will also help students become familiar with school routines and begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
ESL Level 1 - Beginning Communication in English ESLAOI
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ESL CourseGRADE: 9
Basic Literacy Skills, ELD Level 2 ELDBOI
This course is intended for English language learners who have had limited access to schooling and thus have gaps in their first-language literacy skills. Students will use their developing listening and speaking skills to communicate in English for a variety of purposes; develop reading strategies to understand a variety of simple texts; produce simple forms of writing; apply increasing knowledge of English grammatical structures in speaking and writing; expand their vocabulary; and develop fundamental study skills. The course will also provide opportunities for students to become familiar with and use school and community resources and to build their knowledge of Canada and diversity.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: ELDAOI - Beginning Literacy, ELD Level 1
ESL Level 2 - English in Daily Life ESLBOI
This course extends students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners; expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to compose paragraphs. The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new province and country.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ESL CourseGRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: ESL Level 1 or equivalent
Literacy in Daily Life, ELD Level 3 ELDCOI
This course builds on students’ growing literacy and language skills and extends their ability to communicate in English about familiar and school-related topics. Students will make brief oral presentations; improve their literacy skills through a variety of contextualized and supported reading and writing tasks; distinguish between fact and opinion in short written and oral texts; complete short guided-research projects; and engage in a variety of cooperative learning activities. The course will also enable students to strengthen and extend their study skills and personal-management strategies and to broaden their understanding of Canadian diversity and citizenship.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ELDBOI - Basic Literacy Skills, ELD Level 2
ESL Level 3 - English for School and Work ESLCOI
This course further extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ESL CourseGRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ESL Level 2 or equivalent
Literacy for School and Work, ELD Level 4 ELDDOI
This course prepares students to participate in the educational program that will allow them to continue their education, seek employment, and participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will acquire a wide variety of literacy skills and learning strategies through guided reading and writing tasks, the use of a range of media resources in guided research projects, and opportunities to communicate in a variety of formal and informal situations.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ELDCOI - Literacy in Daily Life, ELD Level 3
Bridge to Literacy, ELD Level 5 ELDEOI
This course provides students with skills and strategies that will allow them to continue their education successfully and pursue pathways to employment that may involve apprenticeship and/or cooperative education programs. Students will communicate orally and in writing on a variety of topics; perform a variety of independent reading and writing tasks; interpret and create media texts; and use a range of media and community resources. This course also expands the critical thinking skills students will need in order to contribute to Canadian society as informed citizens.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ESL CourseGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ELD Level 4 or equivalent
ESL Level 4 - Study Skills in English ESLDOI
This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions 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.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ESL CourseGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ESL Level 3 or equivalent
ESL Level 5 - Bridge to English ESLEOI
This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literary 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 and media texts.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ESL CourseGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: ESL Level 4 or equivalent