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The E.S.L. program is designed to offer communication skills to those
students whose first language is not English.  The criteria used to determine a
student’s  placement in the E.S.L. program is based on his/her level of
competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
ESL Level 1, Beginning Communication In English
(Open) ESL AO1
Credit Value: 1
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce the English language and help students adjust to their new cultural environment.  Students will develop the ability to use oral and written English for daily needs, acquire basic conversation skills and vocabulary, and use simple sentence patterns.  Students will also acquire basic orientation information related to their needs as newcomers to Canada.
ESL Level 2, English In Daily Life
(Open) ESL BO1
Credit Value: 1
This course expands students’ essential English communication skills and cultural knowledge and introduces the language of classroom studies. Students will develop oral classroom skills and reading strategies, expand their vocabulary, and use more complex sentence patterns. Students will also learn how to use some school and community resources.
ESL Level 3, English for School And Work
(Open) ESL CO1
Credit Value: 1
This course is designed to improve students’ accuracy in using English in classroom situations, for personal and career planning, and to understand the changing world around them. Students will study and interpret a range of texts and produce a variety of forms of writing. Activities will also help students to develop their oral presentation skills and acquire study skills (such as note taking and summarizing skills) that will enhance their ability to learn in all subjects.
ESL Level 4, Study Skills In English
(Open) ESL DO1
Credit Value: 1
This course prepares students to use English with increasing accuracy in most classroom and social situations and to participate in society as informed citizens. Students will develop the reading, writing, and oral presentation skills required for success in all subjects.  Students will study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts with the teacher’s guidance, develop oral communication skills through participation in informal debates and seminars, and extend their range of research skills.
ESL Level 5, Bridge to English
(Open) ESL EO1
Credit Value: 1
This course prepares students for secondary school English and other courses at the college and university preparation levels.  Students will be encouraged to develop independence in reading literary works and academic texts, in using all stages of the writing process, and in applying learning strategies and research skills effectively.  Students will also learn to respond critically to print and media works.