ESL in high School

 English As a Second Language High School Courses in Ontario

Course Name
Course codes
Beginning Communication in English
English in Daily Life
English for School and Work
Study Skills in English
Bridge to English

Ministry of Ontario - Common Course Codes:

EBS Business English
ELC Canadian Literature
ELI Literature
ELM Modern Literature
ELT English Literature
EMD English-Media
ENG English
ENH English II
ENO English Oral
ENC English - Single cate
ENI English - Indep Study
ENP English - School Pack
END English Other Discipline
ENS English Lang Studies
ENT Theme or Topic
ESI - Introduction course
ESD English Skills Develop
ESL English as 2nd Language
ESF English Skills Language
EWC Writer's Craft
EWR English Writing

English As a Second Language and English Literacy Development Overview

Students in any grade may be placed in appropriate ESL or ELD courses. Since many ESL/ELD classes include students aged between fourteen and eighteen, the topics and activities must be selected to appeal to a wide range of ages and maturity levels. There are five ESL courses and four ELD courses. The courses are designated according to levels of proficiency in English and literacy development, not by grade.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

Students will take the Secondary School Literacy Test in Grade 10. Students must pass the test in order to graduate, and their result is recorded on their student transcript. Students who do not complete the test successfully will receive remedial help to prepare them for retesting.

The literacy test requirement is additional to the 30 credits needed for a high school diploma. The literacy test evaluates students' reading and writing skills based on curriculum expectations in language and communications up to and including Grade 9. ESL students will take the test only when they have reached this level in their language studies. Accommodations will be made for students in special education programs.

The standard method for assessing the literacy skills of students in Ontario for purposes of meeting the literacy requirement for graduation is the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), implemented in the 2001–2002 school year. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course has been developed to provide students who have been unsuccessful on the test with intensive support in achieving the required reading and writing competencies, and with an alternative means of demonstrating their literacy skills. Link to The Ontario Curriculum The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC), Grade 12

Ontario Secondary School Graduation Requirements

The Ontario Secondary School Credit System consists of:
Compulsory Credits (total 18) to Graduate
4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
1 credit in French as a second language
3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
2 credits in science
1 credit in Canadian history
1 credit in Canadian geography
1 credit in the arts (music, art, drama, or dance)
1 credit in health and physical education
1/2 credit in civics and 1/2 credit in career studies
1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or a social science, or Canadian and world studies

1 additional credit in health and physical education, or business studies, or the arts (music, art, drama, or dance)

1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education(Grades 9-12)

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students have to earn 12 optional credits in courses of their choice, selected from the full list of courses available in the school. Optional credits allow students to build an educational program that suits their individual interests and meets university, college, apprenticeship, or work requirements.

Link to Provincial and Territorial Departments and Ministries Responsible for Public Education in Canada

Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum for High School English

The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10 English

The Ontario Curriculum Grades 11 and 12 English

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