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English As A Second Language (ESL)
Edmonton Catholic Schools has experienced a significant increase of ESL students in the district over the past few years. The needs and trends within this population have changed and as a district we must respond to:
Trends over the past four years indicate the growing need for instructional support for our beginner level English language learner. Research indicates it will take 5-7 years for these children to acquire the language skills required to successfully complete grade level appropriate learner outcomes (J. Cummins, 2001). Concern is with the growing trend of intermediate level students not advancing to the next stage of literacy development. This has implications on student achievement.
Our challenge in ECS for the next three years is to provide innovative programming that develops literacy skills in all content area learning for the intermediate students as well as BICS (basic interpersonal communication skills) as quickly as possible. Through professional development and on going first language support from the Liaison workers as a team, we can promote increased literacy and fluency enabling our English language learners to reach the highest level of English literacy.
Build instructional capacity, district wide in the delivery of responsive effective programs for ESL learners.
Access and monitor the level of ESL support international
students are receiving district wide.
Establish district intake protocol for the admission of all ESL students:
Provide equitable support for Immigration Children and their families.