The English as Second Language (ESL) program is a temporary support program for students in grades 1 to 8 whose first language is not English. The ESL program takes place in the student’s homeroom with the classroom teacher, with guidance from a qualified and experienced ESL teacher. After meeting with the parents and the student, the ESL teacher works with the principal and the classroom teacher to decide what kind of support is needed for each student.
Students in the ESL program are working towards the same Ontario curriculum expectations as other students. The ESL program helps students with vocabulary, and reading and writing strategies to help them in all subject areas.
The ESL program is available at all DSBN elementary schools. Students in the beginning stages of learning English are recommended to attend an ESL School. Students may also attend their neighbourhood home school and receive support from an itinerant (travelling) ESL teacher.