English Language Learners

Forest Lawn offers English Language Learners (ELL) courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels.  After assessment at Kingsland, students are placed in an appropriate program.  Students from junior or other senior high schools are placed in the courses based on recommendations from their previous schools and testing completed by the ELL teachers at Forest Lawn.

ELL – Lead Program (No credit)

Students in this program develop English skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in many subject areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, drama and computers.  Class activities build and enhance background knowledge.  Students at this level have significant gaps in their education and limited or no first-language literacy. (LEAD students are in classes for 7 out of the 8 periods that comprise the two semesters of the school year.)

ELL – Level 2

Students in this course develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  This is intended for students with little or no experience in English. 

  • ELL Drama 10 (5 credits)
  • ELL Language 2A
  • ELL Language 2B (Students receive 5 credits when they successfully complete Level 2B)
  • ELL Introduction to Science 15 (5 credits)
  • ELL Introduction to Canadian Studies 15 (5 credits)
  • *ELL Introduction to Math 15 (Upgrading) (5 credits) – for students with no secondary math skills (Level 2 students are in ELL classes 4 or 5 out of the 8 periods)

ELL - Level 3

Students continue to extend their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and representing. To be in Level 3 courses, students must demonstrate English language proficiency at an intermediate level.

  • ELL Expository English 15 (5 credits)  Course content emphasizes expository language.
  • ELL Innovative Technology (up to 6 credits)
  • ELL Language 3 (5 credits)  Course content focuses on literature.
  • ELL Enriched Science 14 (5 credits)
  • ELL Introduction to Canadian Studies 25 (5 credits)
  • ELL Enriched Social Studies 10-2 (5 credits)
  • (Level 3 students are in ELL courses 4 out of the 8 periods)

ELL - Level 4

This course is intended to meet the communication needs of advanced students.

  • ELL Expository English 25 (5 credits) - course content focuses on expository language.
  • ELL Language 4 (5 credits) - course content focuses on literature.
  • (Level 4 students are in ELL courses 2 out of the 8 periods)

ELL - Level 5

Academic Communication 5 (5 credits)

This course is offered as an adjunct class, in partnership with English 10-2.  It provides background knowledge and enrichment in the areas of oral communication, vocabulary development, reading strategies, and writing skills needed to be more successful not only in English 10-2, but also as a possible pathway to the academic English 10-1 stream.  This course is highly recommended for students planning to do post-secondary courses.

(Level 5 students are in ELL courses 1 out of the 8 periods.)


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