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Serving English Language Learners . The World in our Classrooms. Building Inclusive Catholic Classrooms. Program Department. Learning for All.

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Serving English Language Learners

The World in our Classrooms

Building Inclusive Catholic Classrooms

Program Department

learning for all
Learning for All
  • The LDCSB welcomes all students and will provide them with the quality education they deserve;

Mission Of the LDCSB:

To serve the Catholic student in a community that nurtures a living faith and provides a quality Catholic education that enables the individual to become a contributing member of the Church and society.

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canadians one and all
Canadians One and All

All of us will strive to help all children and families new to Canada to become an integral part of our school while at the same time celebrating their heritage and ethnicity.

Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them My disciples. Matt26:19

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the english language learner
The English Language Learner
  • In an Ontario school whose first language is a language other than English, or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the variety of English used in our schools

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the ell with limited prior schooling
The ELL with Limited Prior Schooling
  • Has had limited access to schooling
  • Comes from a country in which English is not spoken, or
  • From a country in which the variety of English is different from the English used in our schools
  • Has not had opportunities to develop age-appropriate literacy skills in his/her first language

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success for all
Success for All
  • Success for the English Language Learner means:
  • They will have the means to access the provincial and/or alternative Catholic curriculum in an inclusive setting
  • In the neighbourhood school with additional support from:
    • The ESL teacher
    • The SPST

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factors influencing second language acquisition
Age upon arrival

Effects of possible personal trauma

Length of time in Canada

Stage of acculturation

Previous educational experience

Level of first-language literacy

Previous exposure to English

Language(s) spoken in the home

Presence of learning exceptionalities

Factors Influencing Second Language Acquisition

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second language acquisition
Second Language Acquisition
  • Stage 1: Survival/Beginning English
  • Stage 2: English in familiar and supported contexts
  • Stage 3: English independently

in most context

  • Stage 4: English approaching

the level of first language speakers

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school admission
School Admission

Student Admission (Policy J 1.1)

  • Proof of age
  • Proof of Baptism for Elementary Schools
  • Open Access for Secondary schools
  • School uniforms are required in all secondary schools and some elementary schools
  • Students attend the neighbourhood school unless attending a system Board program; i.e.
    • St. Mary’s Elementary Choir & Orchestra Program
    • CCH – Music, ESL & IBI Program
    • French Immersion at St. Anthony FI, St. John FI, Holy Family FI, Mother Theresa Secondary School

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school registration
School Registration

Board Reception

International students, students on work visas and visitors must be directed to the Board. Please contact Karen Hutchison Supervisor of Admissions and Assessment at [email protected] or by phone at 519 663-2088 Ext 43202.

School Reception

Students with Refugee Protection Claimant Document, Record of Landing or Permanent Resident Card can proceed directly to their neighbourhood school. The secretary will help fill out the Confirmation of Pupil Eligibility Form with information from the Refugee Protection Claimant Document, Record of Landing or Permanent Resident Card (Principal signs form).

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elementary school support
Elementary School Support
  • Six Elementary ESL teachers serve the English Language Learner by:
    • Providing direct intervention for students to assist with their cultural orientation and language learning
    • Providing support for classroom teachers, SPST’s, volunteers, and parents
  • Classroom teachers serve the English Language Learners by:
    • Adjusting the classroom program including assessment to provide both challenge and support

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how is elementary esl teacher support determined
How Is Elementary ESL Teacher Support Determined?

Elementary

Support is given based on priorities:

  • Intermediate students at stage 1 and 2 have the highest priority followed by junior and then primary students. The higher level grades have extensive language based curriculum across all subject areas
  • Schools with large numbers of stage 1 and 2 students will receive the most support

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elementary esl reception process
Elementary ESL Reception Process

The Secretary, Principal/VP, ESL/ELD teachers, SPST, students and where if applicable, Settlement Worker(s) work collaboratively to welcome the newcomers to the school and parish community.

The secretary will contact the ESL teacher & Settlement Worker upon arrival of a newcomer family

They will inform newcomer families of SWIS services and have them fill out the “Consent to Referral” form if they would benefit from this service.

They will inform existing school families of the service and introduce them to the settlement workers.

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Elementary ESL Reception Process

ESL/ELD Teacher Role

  • Access the educational, linguistic and background needs of the student
  • provide academic support for the student and educational information for family

Settlement Worker Role

  • Assist families with first year settlement needs

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secondary school esl programs
Secondary School ESL Programs
  • Two of our Catholic secondary schools offer ESL & ELD programs
  • CCH has offered System ESL & ELD programs since 1988
  • JPII has offered ESL & ELD programs for their school communities since 1991Sufficient numbers of ELL students are required to provide a range of credit bearing courses and support periods

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secondary school program
Secondary School Program
  • Upon arrival students are assessed by the lead ESL teacher and placed according to reading, writing, speaking and listening ability
  • Secondary School Courses:
    • Have continuous intake
    • Are credit courses with a
    • Maximum class size of 17 students
    • Are delivered in 5 levels (Levels A-E)
    • Provide students with appropriate courses per semester, i.e. ESLA semester 1, ESLB semester 2
    • Provide a regular support period for ESL students

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secondary esl staff
Secondary ESL Staff
  • Staffing levels are based on the
    • Number of students taking credit bearing courses
    • Number of students needing regularly scheduled support periods
  • ESL Program teachers offer
    • Credit bearing sections and
    • Support section per semester
    • The ESL lead teacher provides intake assessment for new students

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secondary esl reception process
Secondary ESL Reception Process

The Principal/VP, Guidance Secretary, Guidance Counsellor, & Lead ESL/ELD teacher work collaboratively to welcome the newcomers to the school and parish community.

  • They will inform newcomer families of SWIS services and have them fill out the “Consent to Referral” form if they would benefit from this service.
  • They will inform existing school families of the service and introduce them to the settlement workers.

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secondary esl support roles
Secondary ESL Support Roles

Guidance Secretary Role

  • Provides family with registration and orientation package

Lead ESL/ELD Teacher Role

  • Access educational, linguistic and background student needs
  • Recommend appropriate literacy & numeracy course levels
  • Make course selection recommendations along with the Guidance Counsellor
  • provide academic support for the student and educational information for family

Guidance Counsellor Role

  • Completes Equivalency Credit Form with ESL Lead Teacher is required
  • Approves course selection

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Secondary ESL Support Roles

Settlement Worker Role

  • Assist families with first year settlement needs
  • Provide orientation about settlement needs of newcomers for school staff
  • Link families with school & community resources
  • Present needs & culturally sensitive links to school and service providers

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other staff roles
Other Staff Roles

Other staff members support students by:

  • The SPST is a key member of the School Based Team who supports classroom teachers with students with specal needs by helping developmodifications and/or alternative learning expectations, coordinating the students’ IEPs, completing diagnostic assessments and providing direct instructionto individuals and small groups
  • The Educational Assistant is part of the school team providing services at the school level to assist the teacher by supporting students with special needs in an inclusive Catholic educational environment.
  • The Student Success Teacher is part of the school team who supports secondary students at risk and their teachers in order to achieve academic success and improve achievement.

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Other Staff Roles
  • The Social Worker is responsible for assessment, counselling, consultation, referral and community liaison services to their designated schools
  • The Attendance Counsellor works with students who have an unusually high number of absences. They work with Board staff and community agencies and help with students requiring an alternative placement.
  • The Chaplain is committed to the development and nurturing of a Catholic atmosphere and the facilitation of opportunities for staff and students to live their faith and develop opportunities for ministry within the school community and outwardly in the larger community

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Other Staff Roles
  • Commissionaires are committed to the safety and well being of students. They monitor student activity within the school and assist them with questions and problems which arise.
  • The School Resource Officer is a positive link between the school and London Police Services. They assist the school in dealing with negative student behaviour as well as providing proactive information to students.
  • The School Nurse is a positive link between the school and the Health Unit. She provides assistance to students with health related questions and issues and is a positive resource for staff and students.

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esl website
ESL Website
  • LDCSB web page:
  • www.ldcsb.on.ca
    • Departments
    • Program Dept.
    • Programs & Resources
    • ESL

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swis website
SWIS Website
  • LDCSB web page:
  • www.ldcsb.on.ca
    • Resources
    • Community
    • SWIS

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tips for success
Tips for Success

As a valued team member:

  • Learn about the school board organization
  • Establish positive relationships with staff & families
  • A collaborative team approach is always best
  • Ask if you have questions

Thank you for sharing your gifts and for joining our team to support newcomers to Canada!

Welcome to the LDCSB!

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