English Language Learners

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ English Language Learner (ELL) – a student whose primary language (or languages) at home is not English. Some of these students require additional support, but not all require the same type of support.

Because English Language Learners come from varying linguistic and cultural backgrounds with a wide variety of life experiences, they enrich our schools and enhance learning for all students.

  • ELL Students: A Guide for Classroom Teachers (PDF) 
    This guide is for Kindergarten – Grade 12 classroom teachers who have had limited experience working with ELL students.
  • ELL Students: A Guide for ELL Specialists (PDF)
    This guide is aimed at ELL specialists, including district consultants, school-based teachers and itinerant teachers who work with students at several different schools.
  • ELL Standards (PDF, 2.56MB)
    Plan and carry out ongoing instruction and assessment of ELL students in your classroom.
  • ELL Policy and Guidelines
    Look here for information on rules and procedures around ELL learning.
  • ELL Planning Tool (PDF) (WORD)
    The Ministry of Education has developed a tool to facilitate a planning process and to determine the instructional support needs of students with ELL needs. Paralleling work undertaken in recent years to create a similar set of tools for students with special needs, the ELL Instructional Support Planning Tool is a new, research-based approach that can be used as an educational model for instructional and support planning.  

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