English Language Learners

Parent Information and Resources

The information below is intended for parents and guardians to support the English language development of your children. Please note, it is strongly recommended that the primary language of the home is spoken, and the diversity of cultures be celebrated in our school community. Please reach out to your school if you have any further questions.

Family of Languages

Student Information and Resources

The following sites have been recommended to you by the District ELL team in order to help practice English outside of school. We encourage you to continue speaking, reading, and writing in your first language. Being able to speak more than one language is a valuable skill that will open doors and provide opportunities in your future.  

Languages

Explanation of ELL in Schools

ELL services enable students whose primary language, or languages of the home, are other than English to develop their potential within British Columbia’s school system. Some students who speak variations of English that differ significantly from the English used in the broader Canadian society may need similar services to access the curriculum. 

How do we designate? 

When your child is registered at your local school, the school will contact the District Resource ELL Team. The District Resource ELL Teacher assigned to your designated school will conduct an English language proficiency assessment with your child in person. If your child is in kindergarten or starting grade 1, they will only complete an oral language assessment. If your child is in grades 2-12, they will complete an oral, reading, and writing assessment. These assessments reflect both academic language needed in school, and social language needed for day-to-day life (for example, friendly conversations, reading maps and schedules). The District ELL Resource Teacher will consult with the administrator, learning assistance resource teacher and/or the classroom teacher(s) before they designate the student as ELL. 

What is an AIP? 

An AIP is the Annual Instructional Plan created by the District Resource ELL Teacher who administered the assessments. The AIP identifies the goals that your child will need to work on throughout the year in regards to their oral language, reading, and writing skills. The AIP is reviewed with both the classroom teacher(s) and learning assistance resource teacher (if applicable).  The original is placed in the student’s ELL file in the office. 

ELL Service

Once designated as an ELL, a student will potentially receive up to 5 years of additional support in regards to their English language development. This can include the following: 

  • Weekly pull-out support with the learning assistance resource teacher or ELL Teacher to work on the goals identified in the AIP
  • Adaptations and accommodations made by the classroom teacher, as recommended in the AIP 
  • Collaboration between the District Resource ELL Teacher and classroom teacher to ensure student success 
  • Formal diagnostic assessments performed at least once a year
  • Annual Instructional Plan created at the beginning of every school year.

Further information regarding the ELL Policies can be found at Ministry of Education

Home Support

Students who are learning English at school are often tired at the end of the day. We encourage you to keep speaking your primary language at home so that it is not lost or forgotten. However, if you are looking for ways to support their English language development at home or when school is out of session (i.e. summer vacation), you can do so in the following ways.

  • Watch age-appropriate programs in English (with subtitles in your primary language if needed) 
  • Choose books of interest and at the appropriate level (speak with classroom teacher if you have questions) 
  • Write 2-3 sentences a day in English (mini-journal) 
  • Label objects at home in English
  • Try to have one short conversation with another member of the household in English
  • Encourage a consistent daily schedule for homework during the school year
  • Provide a quiet place in the home to complete homework.
Online Resources

Primary/ Intermediate (K-7)

 Secondary (8-12)

Other Useful Resources

Settlement Workers in Schools    
Kamloops Immigrant Services Logo     What is SWIS?
  • The Settlement Workers in Schools program is a school-based outreach program that assists students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. This program helps newcomer students and their families transition into the Canadian School system and their new community. 

SWIS assists with:

  • School registration and orientation (Elementary & Secondary)
  • Understanding school policies and procedures
  • Communicating with teachers and administrators
  • Parent-Teacher interview support (interpreter support available) 
  • Connecting with school, community services and resources including access to recreation for low income families
  • Workshops and information sessions (Parenting in Canada, Lunch Box Nutrition)
  • Consultation on school transition
  • Advocating for newcomer students and families

Additional supports available to families who work with SWIS: 

  • Counselling support (interpreter provided if needed) 
  • Tutoring support (all ages)
  • Youth and child programing (extra-curricular)

Contact SWIS:

Phone: 778-470-6101 ext. 119

SWIS website

Zoher Elbieter- zoher@kcris.ca

or

Clara Kong- clara@kcris.ca

Reading
  • ESL Bits: Traditional and contemporary novels/short stories read out loud 
  • Breaking News English: News from around the world in several different levels
Writing

Oral Language
  • Idioms- An idiom is a word or phrase that is different from its literal meaning. For example, "It is raining cats and dogs". 

Language Elements

Vocabulary

Online Support

  • When searching for something on Wikipedia, go to Simple Wikipedia for a simplified version of the article. 
  • When searching for something on Google, type the word kids afterwards for simplified content. For example, type "Photosynthesis kids" instead of "photosynthesis"

Games

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