English as a Second Language (ESL) supports students who are learning English. These students speak a first language or additional languages other than English and need to develop their English language skills to be successful in the classroom.
Develop English language and literacy skills
Develop an understanding of Canadian culture and customs
Improved ability to speak, read and write in English
Improved ability to achieve at their grade level in all subject areas
Confidence communicating opinions, thoughts and ideas
Development of skills and strategies to support ongoing English language learning
Flexible instruction that meets students’ needs, abilities and goals
Practice speaking in English with other students
Gradual integration into a regular classroom as language skills progress and improve
Partnerships with community organizations to provide services for newcomer students and their families
To be eligible for this programming, students must be:
Learning English as a second language
Identified as requiring additional support in developing English language skills
For more information about eligibility, contact your child’s designated school.
All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in English as a Second Language will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.
Yellow busing is not available for students in ESL programming. For more information about busing, contact your child’s designated school or call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585.
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Edmonton Public Schools
Centre for Education
1 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4G9 780-429-8000