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ELL Support Resources Website for parents, students, and teachers

Our English Language Learning classes are designed to ensure our students have the support they need to become more proficient in reading, writing and communicating in English.  Each language skill is assessed on a five level scale following the new BC Curriculum Guide. The five levels include Beginning (1), Developing (2), Expanding (3), Consolidating (4), and Bridging (5).

All ELL students will be tested in the Spring to make sure they are placed in the right ELL support level for the following September. They will be assessed on their comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills.  At that time, a student may test out of the ELL program based on their score for the combined ELL tests given. ELL students are not required to take all of the ELL courses listed below.  Each student is assessed independently through the ELL testing procedure as well as on their performance in their regular classes. The ELL program is a placement program; students will be enrolled in the classes that best support his or her educational needs. Each student will be assessed on their individual effort.

At Walnut Grove Secondary ELL students receive specific level support through the Beginner (1) to Consolidating (4) levels.

The Beginner (Level 1) student uses basic vocabulary and simple sentences to engage in communication. This student uses their own language and culture to comprehend simple text on familiar topics. Instructional scaffolding will be provided using high interest/low vocabulary resources. Senior ELL mentors are available to provide extra language support during classroom time and with reading and homework help after school. This student will be enrolled in the following four ELL classes:

  • Basic Communication in English
  • Basic Communication in Social Studies
  • Basic Science Concepts
  • Oral Language Development

The Developing (Level 2) student uses practical vocabulary and simple sentences to enhance social interaction and academic experiences. This student is strengthening pronunciation and understanding of social and academic vocabulary. This student uses re-reading, predicting and word recognition to comprehend text on familiar topics. Instructional scaffolding will be provided using high interest/modified resources. Senior ELL mentors are available to provide extra language support during classroom time and with reading and homework help after school. This student will be enrolled in the following four ELL classes:

  • Basic Communication in English
  • Basic Communication in Social Studies
  • Basic Science Concepts
  • Oral Language Development

The Expanding (Level 3) student uses simple academic vocabulary and a variety of sentence structures to accomplish academic tasks. This student is using predicting, inferencing and context clues to aid in comprehension of unfamiliar text. Instructional scaffolding will be provided using high interest/abridged and original resources. Senior ELL mentors are available to provide extra language support during classroom time and with reading and homework help after school. This student will be enrolled in four ELL classes:

  • Introduction to Academic Language (English)
  • Strategies for Academic Success (Social Studies)
  • Introduction to Science 10 Concepts OR   Regular Science 8 or 9 (depending on grade level)
  • Oral Language Development

Also, if this student is in grade 10 they will be enrolled in ELL Life Education 10

The Consolidating (Level 4) student uses a broadening scope of vocabulary more typical for grade level academic tasks. This student is using predicting, inferencing, synthesizing, context clues, and word analysis to aid in comprehension of unfamiliar text. Instructional scaffolding will be provided using high interest resources with more complex and specific language.  This student will be enrolled in one ELL class:

  • English Language Development 8/9 OR English Language Development 11

Additional ELL classes available for grade 10 students in the Consolidating (Level 4) program:

  • ELL Language Arts 10 Spoken Language/Composition combined with English Language Development 10 to provide Grade 10 English Language Arts instruction every day for a full year.

 Additional ELL classes available for Grade 12 students in the Consolidating (Level 4) or Bridging (Level 5) program:

  • English Language Arts 11 (Composition) and English Studies 12 Semester program. These classes meet every day for the whole year to complete ELA 11 by January and ELA 12 by June for graduation.

DESCRIPTIONS OF ELL COURSES

Beginner (Level 1) and Developing (Level 2)

BASIC COMMUNICATION IN ENGLISH

This course is designed to introduce ELL students to the four main English language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.  It also encourages the viewing and representation of materials.  The course focuses on developing strategies needed to read, write and extract information successfully in English.

BASIC COMMUNICATION IN SOCIAL STUDIES

This course is designed to introduce ELL students to the skills required for success in academic classes.  It is designed to extend a student’s ability to use various learning strategies in order to meet the learning outcomes and core competencies in content-based courses such as English, Social Studies, Science and/or Mathematics.

BASIC SCIENCE CONCEPTS

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about major fields of science with language adaptations. Students will look at the characteristics of life, cellular respiration, climate change, atomic theory and the basic building blocks of matter the fascinating dual nature of light and major geological events. While exploring these big ideas, students will learn the science skills of questioning, predicting, and analyzing data to prepare students for regular grade level Science classes.  Topics such as biology, chemistry and physics will be adapted from the regular Grades 8 and 9 Science courses.

ORAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

The ELL Oral Language Development courses prepare English Language Learners for daily conversations and oral presentations in the classroom.  Speaking English takes practice and many ELL students are nervous about speaking in public because of errors in pronunciation.  This class addresses pronunciation and provides much needed opportunities to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable environment.

 

Expanding (Level 3)

INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC LANGUAGE – ENGLISH

This course is designed to enable ELL students to extend the four main English language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in content areas.  The focus is on expanding the strategies needed to read, research, and write successfully in English for academic success.

STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN SOCIAL STUDIES

This course is designed to familiarize and extend a student’s abilities to use various learning strategies to meet the Curricular and Core Competencies in content-based courses such as Social Studies. Emphasis will be on the comprehension of important concepts, linking current information to prior knowledge and the application of strategies and skills necessary for academic success in Canada.

INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE 10 CONCEPTS

This course prepares students for regular Science 10 classes.  The focus is on developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills related to science content.  Topics such as biology, chemistry and physics will be adapted from the regular Grade 10 Science courses.  Upon completion, the teacher may decide the student is strong enough to receive Science 10 credit.

ORAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

The ELL Oral Language Development courses prepare English Language Learners for daily conversations and oral presentations in the classroom.  Speaking English takes practice and many ELL students are nervous about speaking in public because of errors in pronunciation.  This class addresses pronunciation and provides much needed opportunities to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable environment.

ELL LIFE EDUCATION 10

Life Education is a required course that recognizes three major phases of career development—Foundation and Awareness, Exploration, and Experience and Application.  As students move through Grade 10, they will refine their understanding of the links between personal development and their career decisions. Through the LE course, students will also learn about their Capstone Project, which they will complete in Grade 12 and is required for graduation.

 

Consolidating (Level 4)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 8/9

This course is designed for Grade 8 and 9 ELL students who are enrolled in regular academic courses, but require further academic support.  It is designed to improve student’s knowledge base and increase comprehension and writing skills needed to become fluent in the English language.  Emphasis will be on the use of study strategies, building on key academic concepts, and increasing the foundation of reading and writing skills.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 11

This course is designed for Grade 10 and 11 ELL students who are enrolled in regular academic courses, but require further academic support.  It is designed to improve student’s knowledge base and increase comprehension and writing skills needed to become fluent in the English language.  Emphasis will be on the use of study strategies, building on key academic concepts, and increasing the foundation of reading and writing skills.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10 – SPOKEN LANGUAGE/COMPOSITION COMBINED WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 10

Spoken Language 10 gives students the opportunity to study, create, and use language to produce and perform original pieces in a variety of ways.  This course will help students improve their verbal communication and presentation skills.  Possible areas of focus:  spoken word/slam poetry, poetry recitation, oral storytelling, readers’ theatre, radio/podcasts, video posts.  Composition 10 is designed to develop students’ skills in written communication in a variety of contexts.  The course provides students with opportunities to think critically as they explore, extend, and refine their writing.  Students will develop their writing skills through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising their writing for a range of situations.  Possible areas of focus:  narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces; writing for specific audiences and disciplines; evaluating and citing sources; considering the credibility of evidence.  This course is designed to combine two instruction blocks so that grade 10 ELL students receive English Language Arts instruction every day for a full year.

ELL LIFE EDUCATION 10

Life Education is a required course that recognizes three major phases of career development—Foundation and Awareness, Exploration, and Experience and Application.  As students move through Grade 10, they will refine their understanding of the links between personal development and their career decisions. Through the LE course students will also learn about their Capstone Project, which they will complete in Grade 12 and is required for graduation.

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS COMPOSITION 11 and ENGLISH STUDIES 12

These two semester courses cover the curriculum and core competencies of ELA 11 in the first half of the year and ELA 12 in the second half of the year.  This course is designed to combine two instruction blocks so that grade 12 ELL students receive English Language Arts instruction every day for a full year.  Students must successfully complete ELA 11 in order to continue in ELA 12.  The focus will be on developing and refining communication and English language skills for success in post-secondary education and life in Canada.

SECOND LANGUAGE CREDIT INFORMATION

A number of Canadian post-secondary institutions require students to have completed a ‘second language’ to the Grade 11 level.  Students need to check the specific requirements of the post-secondary institutions they are considering attending.  For international students, there are several options to consider and discuss with the International Coordinator or school counsellor.

  1. a) Language Equivalency

Students can receive credit for language study if their first language is one of French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, or Spanish.

Students who have completed studies in their home countries to a certain grade can receive language credit in Canada when they show their Grade 7-9 report cards.  Students will receive course credits with marks (%) that count towards the 80 credits required for BC graduation.  If a percentage cannot be determined, the student’s transcript will show TS (Transfer Standing).  These courses can be used as one of the four recognized academic courses for SFU or UBC admissions.

Grade in Home CountryLanguage Credit in CanadaExampleSample Mark
Gr. 7 completedGr. 10 Language Credit (4 credits)Mandarin 1085%
Gr. 8 completedGr. 11 Language Credit (4 credits)Mandarin 1182%
Gr. 9 completedGr. 12 Language Credit (4 credits)Mandarin 1284%

It is also possible to get language equivalency credit for American Sign Language, Arabic, Italian, Korean and Russian.  However, these courses cannot be used as one of the top four recognized academic courses for SFU or UBC admissions.

  1. b) External Language Credit

Students who do not meet the criteria for Language Equivalency will be considered for “external language credit”.  This is for students whose primary language of instruction in their home country is not in the main list of languages, e.g. Cantonese.  The grade completed in the home country determines the language credit.  The student’s transcript will show TS (Transfer Standing), not a mark.  The External Language Credits count towards the 80 credits required for BC graduation, but cannot be used to help the overall percentage required for university entrance.

Grade in Home CountryLanguage Credit in CanadaExampleSample Mark
Gr. 7 completedGr. 10 Language Credit (4 credits)UXLC 10ATS
Gr. 8 completedGr. 11 Language Credit (4 credits)UXLC 11ATS
Gr. 9 completedGr. 12 Language Credit (4 credits)UXLC 12ATS
  1. c) Language Challenge Exam

Students who came to Canada before completing Grade 9 and who cannot claim Grade 12 Language Credit are encouraged to consider taking the Language Challenge Exam.

Delta School District offers students the opportunity to write Language Challenge Exams.  Information and application forms are available online in September of each school year.  Applications need to be turned in to the WGSS Counselling Centre in early October.  The test is written in January in Delta, BC.  Students should be in Grade 11 or 12 when they write the exam.  Any student considering the exam should discuss their options with a counsellor or international coordinator and read the “Frequently Asked Questions” section at the Delta website:   http://web.deltasd.bc.ca/schools/secondary/challenge-exams

Please Note:

Korean 12 is not a recognized academic course. It meets the language requirement for both SFU and UBC but it cannot be used as one of the recognized academic courses for SFU or UBC admissions in the calculation of admission averages.

  1. d) Studying an Additional Language

Students who arrive in Canada before or during Grade 7 or who wish to study an additional language should consider gaining language credits by studying French or Spanish at WGSS.

 UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE INFORMATION

Each post-secondary institution has General Entrance Requirements and English Language Entrance Requirements that are specific to their institution.  General information can be found on the grid on page 21.  Consult the International Student Coordinator or a counsellor with questions about specific institutions.

English Entrance Requirements – UBC

Students must meet one of these requirements:

  1. Complete four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC.
  2. Achieve a grade of 70% or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or English Literature 12 or the equivalent.
  3. Achieve the required scores in listening, reading, speaking, and writing on one of the tests of English language proficiency.
IELTSInternational English Language Testing System (Academic)6.5 with no part less than 6.0
TOEFLInternet-based testOverall score:  90

Reading & Listening:  22

Writing & Speaking:  21

TOEFLPaper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English)55 each for Reading, Listening, and Writing (4.0 on TWE)

English Entrance Requirements – SFU

Students must meet one of these requirements:

  1. Completion of the last four years of full-time secondary education in English in Canada or another country where the principal language of instruction is English. A minimum blended grade of 60% in English Studies 12 is required. A final, blended mark of 75% will permit enrollment in a writing-intensive (W) course.
  1. Achieve the required scores in listening, reading, speaking, and writing on one of the tests of English language proficiency.
IELTSInternational English Language Testing System (Academic)6.5 with no part less than 6.0
TOEFLInternet-based testOverall score:  88 or better

Minimum score of 20 in each of the four components: listening, speaking, writing, reading

Walnut Grove Secondary

8919 Walnut Grove Drive, Langley, BC
V1M 2N7
Phone: 604-882-0220
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