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Celebrating English Language Learners

Another highlight from our 2012/2013 school year – celebrating our English Language Learners.

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We thank Ms. Forster for this reflection

We are very proud of the diverse background of languages spoken by our students at Lorna Jackson Public School.  Approximately 21 different languages are spoken by our students and we have a total of 86 English Language Learners (ELL’s).  While all students are learning English at school, ELL’s are defined as students whose first language is a language other than English, or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the variety used for instruction in Ontario’s schools.  These students may be Canadian born or recently arrived from other countries.  Teachers track the progress of the ELL’s in their class as they acquire English.  Stage 1 and 2 students are generally working on conversational proficiency while Stage 3 and 4 students are working on acquiring vocabulary and more complex language structures within the academic context.  Our ELL’s are faced with the…

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Celebrating English Language Learners

We thank Ms. Forster for this reflection

We are very proud of the diverse background of languages spoken by our students at Lorna Jackson Public School.  Approximately 21 different languages are spoken by our students and we have a total of 86 English Language Learners (ELL’s).  While all students are learning English at school, ELL’s are defined as students whose first language is a language other than English, or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the variety used for instruction in Ontario’s schools.  These students may be Canadian born or recently arrived from other countries.  Teachers track the progress of the ELL’s in their class as they acquire English.  Stage 1 and 2 students are generally working on conversational proficiency while Stage 3 and 4 students are working on acquiring vocabulary and more complex language structures within the academic context.  Our ELL’s are faced with the challenge of learning English, the language of instruction, at the same time as they are having to meet the curricular expectations.  Depending on the stage that the student is at learning English and developing their literacy skills, some students require program adaptations (such as modified expectations, instructional and assessment accommodations, and a variety of learning resources) in order to be successful in all subject areas.