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English Language Learners (ELL)

The OCDSB uses Steps to English Proficiency (STEP) to support English Language Learners (ELL). STEP is a resource to help ELL students learn English and succeed in school. Teachers use STEP to assess how students are progressing in their language learning and literacy development across the Ontario curriculum.

ELLs come with many assets and skills. They will:

  • Learn English at the same time as the Ontario curriculum
  • See themselves in the learning environment
  • Feel that their culture and language are valued
  • Have confidence to express their opinion and know they have a voice
  • Meet high expectations when they are involved in setting goals (with appropriate supports)
  • Have opportunities to choose pathways that honour their strengths and interests

The infographic below provides more information about how STEP works. Click the image to open it in a PDF.

Steps to English Proficiency

Source: EduGAINS

If you have questions about STEP or supporting your child’s English language learning, please contact their teacher or principal.


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