Templeton Secondary offers an extensive language
support program for students for whom English is a second language. The ELL
program (formerly ELS) has two levels, ELL 1 and ELL2. Students are place in levels based on
standardized reading and writing tests.
Students with minimal expressive English and a
reading level of Grade 4.5 and below are enrolled in English as a Language Learner courses which focus on language acquisition. These early English speakers take
courses in literature, reading, writing and grammar. They also take Science and
Social Studies in the ELL program and use the mainstream curricula to
develop language and study skills required for success in the content areas.
In addition to the two ELL levels, students may
enter the Transitional level where they will work with and study secondary
level content/texts in English and Social Studies.
1. to develop
the students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at both the
communicative/social level and academic/content level
emphasize thinking skills, including: observing, classifying, analyzing,
synthesizing, hypothesizing, problem solving, evaluating, decision-making,
interpreting and applying
3. to provide
a stimulating learning environment and appropriate teaching strategies
(individual/group instruction, cooperative group work, peer tutoring) to enable
learners to reach their potential in the acquisition of English, social and
4. to provide
cross-cultural opportunities to promote intercultural awareness and harmony;
that people are more similar than they are different
identify those students who require alternative programs and to work to ensure
provision of the appropriate programs (e.g. Literacy class, ELL special
needs program, ELL Pre-Employment...)
6. to create
a secure learning environment that fosters and promotes positive self-esteem
collaborate and liaise with departments within the school in order to
facilitate the successful integration of ELL students
articulate with elementary feeder schools the appropriate program placements
for incoming Grade 8 ELL students
encourage students to become actively involved in all aspects of school and
community life, such as, extra-curricular activities, New Faces program, and
10. to provide
opportunities for open communication and consultation with parents on student
learning, the ELL program, community support services, graduation
E.S.L PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The ELL program is divided into two levels: Beginners/Lower Intermediate (ELL1 )
and Intermediate/Advanced (ELL2).
Students are assessed upon entry to the school and
have the opportunity to advance to the next level of the program as quickly as
their progress allows and upon the availability of space. Movement within the
E.S.L program can occur any time throughout the school year and is dependent
upon the recommendation of the E.S.L teachers and scores on standardized tests.
Beginners/Lower Intermediate (ELL) - Students are timetabled into four blocks of ELL classes. Four of these classes are ELL Reading, ELL English, ELL Science,
and ELL Social Studies. The other blocks include mainstream Math, PE, and
ELL or mainstream electives.
Intermediate/Advanced (ELL 2) - Students are timetabled into four blocks of ELL
classes. The four ELL classes include ELL Reading, ELL English, ELL
Science, and ELL Social Studies. Other courses include mainstream Math, PE,
and ELL or mainstream electives.
(ELL 1) INTERMEDIATE
ELL ENGLISH - LEVEL ONE
Students entering Level One have little or no
English language education, but are usually literate in their own language. The
emphasis in Level One is on vocabulary acquisition, simple sentence structure
and oral fluency, within the context of core subject and curricula and/or
various thematic materials..
Evaluation will be based on in-class work, unit
tests, individual projects, oral presentations and student notebooks. There will be standardized tests twice per
ELL ENGLISH - LEVEL TWO
In Level Two, the emphasis is on vocabulary
development, more complex sentence structures and different genres of writing.
Students will be introduced to a variety of literary forms, including poetry,
short stories and novels. The emphasis is on continuing a working knowledge of
the parts of speech, the sentence base and the paragraph. Students will be
expected to keep a journal as well as work on the writing process. Students
will be introduced to short stories, as well as classic novels re-written for
intermediate ELL students. Students will be expected to read aloud in class,
ask and respond to questions and voice their own opinions. Students will be evaluated based on their
in-class writing assignments (including journals), quizzes and tests, projects,
homework and oral participation. As the use of English is required in class at
all times, students will also be evaluated on their conscientious effort to use
English in class. Students will be assessed twice per year in reading
comprehension and writing.
ELL ENGLISH - TRANSITIONAL
In Transitional English, the emphasis is on writing
more complex sentences, paragraphs essays. Students will study novels, short
stories, poetry, and plays used in mainstream grades 8/9/10 English classes.
Students who have successfully completed this course will be allowed to write
the Grade 10 Provincial English Exam and receive credit for grade 10 English.
Evaluation will be based on in-class work, tests and
quizzes, individual projects, oral presentation, student notebooks and general
competence in English. Students will be assessed in reading comprehension and
writing skills twice per year.
ELL SOCIALS STUDIES - LEVEL ONE
Students are taught British Columbia's and Canada's
regional geographic structure (place, site, landscape) and patterns of regional
economic and social change. Through words, pictures, maps and diagrams,
students learn the origins of the natural landscape and the ecological
relationships among the climate, soil, vegetation and wildlife.
be based on in-class work, unit tests, individual projects, map reading, map
drawing, oral presentation and student notebooks. Evaluation will also be based on written
tests and quizzes, in-class work, homework, oral/written assignments and
projects, general participation and effort. Students are assessed twice per
annum using standardized assessment devices.
ELL SOCIAL STUDIES - LEVEL TWO
Level Two Social Studies is based on the Grade Eight
Social Studies curriculum. The course content is, however, modified to
accommodate the varying educational needs of the students. An attempt is made
to balance course content with language skills, including vocabulary acquisition,
sentence structure, oral fluency, note-taking, research skills and
Evaluation will be based on written tests and quizzes, in-class work, homework,
oral/written assignments and projects, general participation and effort. The
notebook should be well-organized (in chronological order) and will be checked
E.S.L. READING PROGRAM
The Reading Program, comprising of Skills and
Literature components, provides students with more opportunities to develop
their reading skills. Specific objectives include:
- developing the basic skills students need in order
- teaching them how they can use reading as a tool for learning,
- fostering an appreciation of and taste in literature, and
- developing in students permanent interests in reading for enjoyment.
These objectives may be achieved through the
development of reading skills, habits, and attitudes.
Evaluation will be based on homework and in-class
assignments, tests and quizzes, individual and group projects, oral
presentations, and participation.
ELL READING - LEVEL ONE
Students at Level
- learn the basic
skills of reading, how to attack words and comprehend written language
- develop an attitude toward books and an appreciation of reading
- apply some of the following approaches to help them read:
ELL READING – LEVEL TWO
immersion course is a self-paced, student-centred individualized program that
emphasizes daily novel reading (at home and in class), vocabulary study, response
journals and books reports. Students will have a contract with the teacher and
together they will determines the students program based on ability and
Students at level 2 will continue and extend their
basic reading skills, extend experiences in literature, read independently with greater appreciation
and enjoyment, and increase general and specific vocabulary. Evaluation will be based on homework and
in-class assignments, tests and quizzes, individual and group projects, oral
presentations, and participation. Students will be assessed twice per annum in
reading comprehension and writings skills.