These students are learning the English language while learning the Ontario curriculum and come from diverse backgrounds and school
experiences, with a wide variety of strengths and needs.

In welcoming new ELL students and their families, ADSB staff first complete an initial assessment to determine starting points, to determine student strengths and next steps for instruction. The family is toured through the school, meeting teachers and becoming familiar with the facility – which can be as simple, and yet eye opening, as turning on a water fountain for the first time. The school coordinates a plan for a student’s first day at school, including orientation and introducing the student to a “peer-buddy”. This team approach
ensures that there is a circle of support around the child and the family.

In addition, current supports for ELL students include ELL programming at Superior Heights and White Pines, an itinerant ELL Teacher to support our K-12 newcomers and their teachers and a specialized ELD program for those students in grades 6-8 who have limited prior schooling. Professional learning supports are allowing teachers to attend workshops focused on supporting ELL in their classrooms.

Our newest learners in elementary and secondary schools come from


White Pines’ ELL teacher shared her thoughts. “The students have done an amazing job of adapting to their new school, community and language. They have shown incredible resilience, determination and motivation in support of their goals, taken opportunities to become a part of the school community and persevered through challenges that face them.”

Some of these students shared their aspirations for the future. Hussein hopes to study business and maybe someday open his own. Mohammad plans to be a doctor, Ahmad a police officer and Batoul a teacher of English. The students also shared some of the reasons they like coming to school. Mohammad shares, “I like it because I can pray at school.” Hussein says, “I like to come to school to learn English.” Ezzedin says, “Teachers are very friendly.” Batoul says she is most proud of “speaking another language” and Mohammad is happiest to have the opportunity to learn.

ELL - Adult Education Component

Northland Adult Learning Centre is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) for adult non-credit ESL classes for students who are refugees, permanent residents or Canadian citizens

Since the fall of 2016, Northland has welcomed a total of 97 students who have enrolled in their ESL program. Students have come from 24 different countries of origin. As of December 4, 2017 there were 43 actively enrolled and attending students.

As adult learners, most students come with significant life experience, have backgrounds in agriculture, trades, or as professionals in their home countries, and some may be seeking professional accreditation here. For those in the tuition track, students are usually here visiting family, here with a spouse who is enrolled at Algoma University, or are here for a short time for a “travel & language” experience.

Our newest Adult learners come from

24 different countries.