As noted by the BC Ministry of Education, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ English Language Learner (ELL) – a student whose primary language (or languages) at home is not English. Some of these students require additional support, but not all require the same type of support. Because English Language Learners come from varying linguistic and cultural backgrounds with a wide variety of life experiences, they enrich our schools and enhance learning for all students.

At NWSS, ELL courses assist English Language Learners by focusing language learning on the content and language skills that are necessary for success in secondary school classes. ELL teachers differentiate instruction to meet the individual needs of all students.

Students will be evaluated based on rubrics created by the Ministry of Education for Reading, Writing, and Oral Language. Students will be placed in the appropriate courses (ELL1, ELL2, ELL3, ELL 4 or ELD) according to their overall level.