English as a Secondary Language

An English Language Learner (ELL) is someone who is learning the English language in addition to their own first language or a learner who has previously attended a school where English was not the language of instruction. The purpose of the IGA ELL program is to support ELL students as they acquire linguistic skills that will help them participate fully at school, both academically and socially. This program also supports core subject teachers of ELL students as they differentiate teaching methods and assignments for ELL students. The High School also offers a Transitional English class for ELL students to ensure a smooth transition into the upper level English classes in grades 11 and 12.

To assist the ELL team every ELL student is assessed on entry to the school to measure the level of English Language competency using the CEFR criteria. From this assessment the ELL team will then determine the level of support that each individual student needs in order for them to access the curriculum.

The school has adopted the Cambridge Global English program for ELL students in elementary and middle school. In addition a support program is in place to offer continued help through High School. ELL students in grades 9 & 10 are given the opportunity to study for the English as a Second Language IGCSE.