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HGBI English as a Second Language

Adopted: November 23, 1988

Amended: June 17, 2015


Students with limited or no knowledge of the English language shall be formally identified, assessed and provided an appropriate instructional program to support English language development and achieve the learner outcomes of the provincial program of study.


The Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring success for every student, including students with English as A Second Language (ESL). Students with ESL come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and have a variety of educational experiences, including limited access to formal education. These students may have recently immigrated to Canada, have refugee status, are children of a temporary foreign worker, or on an approved student exchange program. Students with ESL require additional assistance in English language development in order to speak English fluently achieve the learner outcomes of the provincial program of study, and complete high school.


  1. Students who have English as a Second Language shall be identified and reported annually to Alberta Education.
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL) students will be placed in a regular age-appropriate classroom and provided an inclusive education program.
  3. The school principal shall ensure each classroom teacher assesses and monitors the language proficiency of English language learners, plans for language instruction and communicates with English language learners, their parents and their other teachers about students’ language proficiency and academic progress.
  4. Support of for the classroom teacher will be provided by School-based Learning Team, Literacy Coach and/or the Learning Assistance Centre (LAC) teacher, through:
    1. Providing assessment tools, teaching resources, materials to the teacher and/or the students;
    2. Assisting the student to develop fluent English oral, reading and written language skills;
    3. Providing structured opportunities to develop language proficiency and literacy skills.
  5. The school principal shall collaborate with community agencies, such as the local Multicultural Association, to support families of students with English as a Second Language, provide translation services, facilitate referrals to community agencies, and to enhance the success of students and their families.


Legal Reference:

Alberta School Act: Sections, 3(1), 8(1), 9, 13(1), 18, 20, 39, 44, 45(1), 46

Guide to Education: English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) Guide to Implementation, Kindergarten to Grade 9 (Alberta Education 2008).

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