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English as a Second Language

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English as a Second Language

Who are English Language Learners?

  • English Language Learners (ELLs) are students whose first language is a language other than standard Canadian English
  • These students are newly arrived from other countries or Canadian-born
  • They have diverse cultural backgrounds and school experiences

The Rate of Second Language Acquisition

  • Research shows that it can take between 5-7 years (and sometimes longer) to learn a new language proficiently. Please see Characteristics of ELLs for further information. 


  • Edmonton Catholic Schools supports all diverse learners within an inclusive classroom.
  • Elementary (Grade K-6) and Secondary (Grade 7-12)
  • The classroom teacher and the teacher responsible for ELLs collaborate in the planning, instruction and assessment of grade level curriculum.
  • The classroom teacher provides targeted instruction specific to the needs of the student through differentiated instruction, either individually or in small groups, as needed.
  • Teachers use a yearly assessment (Alberta Education K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks) to guide student learning.
  • Some secondary schools offer additional ESL programming. 
  • All identified ELLs are assessed yearly with the Alberta Education K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks to determine their level of English in order to program for them in the inclusive classroom. 

Parent Resources 

  • EDUCATE - an online resource for parents and students


Please Call to Make an Appointment
One World…One Centre
780 944-2001
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