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English Language Learners

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

2.   to 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 academic skills

4.   to provide cross-cultural opportunities to promote intercultural awareness and harmony; that people are more similar than they are different

5.   to 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 and self-concept

7.   to collaborate and liaise with departments within the school in order to facilitate the successful integration of ELL students

8.   to articulate with elementary feeder schools the appropriate program placements for incoming Grade 8 ELL students

9.   to encourage students to become actively involved in all aspects of school and community life, such as, extra-curricular activities, New Faces program, and community service.

10.  to provide opportunities for open communication and consultation with parents on student learning, the ELL program, community support services, graduation




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.


                  BEGINNERS (ELL 1)                           INTERMEDIATE (ELL 2)

                              ELLRE1                                                ELLRE2

                              ELLWR1                                                ELLRW2

                              ELLSS1                                                 ELLSS2

                              ELLSC1                                                 ELLSC2

                              Math                                                     Math

                              PE                                                        PE

                              2 Electives                                             2 Electives




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 year.




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.



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.




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.


Evaluation will 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.





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 question-answering techniques.

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 periodically.




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 to read,
- 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.




Students at Level 1 will:

- 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:




This reading 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 motivation.


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.​