Lord Byng ELL Department
Mr. Ben King is the Vice Principal in charge of ELL and Ms. Emy Nakamura is the department head.
Information About Lord Byng's ELL Program
- Students are divided up into three groups: Level 1- beginners and lower intermediates; Level 2/3- upper intermediates and advance, and Level 4 transitional.
All ELL students in Level 1 take ELL Science, ELL Socials Studies, ELL Literature, and ELL Writing, plus an additional four courses at students' grade level: Math, P.E. and 2 electives (Art, Music, Technical Studies, Home Economics, Computer Studies; or Drama). All elective courses listed above at the Gr 10 to 12 level will result in graduation credits upon completion and count towards the high school graduation Dogwood diploma issued by the BC Ministry of Education. Thus, all ELL students can earn credit for graduation as soon as they enter Lord Byng.
Once a student is reading at approximately grade 3.5 reading level, he/she may be integrated into regular Science. For example, an ELL Science student in grade 8 will go into Science 8 within the school year. If he/she does not move within the school year, he/she must succeed in ELL Science in order to enter Science 9 next year.
Once a student is able to read at a grade 5 or 6 level and receives a 2.5-3/6 on the ELL writing assessment , he/she will be consdiered for Transitional courses. If a student has strong reading and writing assessments, he/she will move to both Transitional Socials Studies and Transitional English; however, if a student is weak in assessments and/or in work/learning habits, he/she may not enter Transitional English until a later date.
Students who enter Transitional English will also take an English support block called ELC, which is to help students strengthen their English skills to help them with entering regular English. Students who move but who cannot cope with the level of English required will move to a level which will enable him/her to learn.
Students will enter English 8, 9 or 10 once he/she is either reading at grade level or will be considered for English once he/she is at least 2 grade levels below their grade level. For example, if a grade 8 ELL student enters Lord Byng reading at Grade 7, he/she will be integrated into English 8. ELL students who enter regular English will be given a support block, ELC.
Movement from ELL into Regular
Readiness to leave Transitional: reading level is closer to grade level, 3.5 or 4 out of 6 on cross-grade writing exam, strong pass on final grade 10 exam (for those at the senior level), and strong independent learning work habits. Students also need to be able to have academic discussions and/or give an oral presentations for an extended period of time.
Interims and Report Cards
Interim Reports allow teachers to inform you and your son/ daughter about his/her work habits, absences, and lates. Warnings of students failing or receiving a bad grade are usually given at this time. Interims may be sent home every term. Teachers may also send extra interims at any time.
While each student will receive grades and credit for their regular courses, most ESL courses are non-credit. Instead, parents and students will receive anecdotal and prescriptive feedback about their current reading, writing and oral abilities for their ELL, Transitional and ELC courses.
There are also Parent-Teacher Interviews. Please come and meet all your ELL teachers as well as teachers in your child's other courses such as PE, Math, Planning 10, and electives.
How Parents Can Help
Here are 3 resources for parents that will help you help your child learn the English language.
Fast Facts Parental Assumptions About Learning in a New Language.pdf
Ways to Support Reading in The Home.pdf
Information About Support Classes.pdf