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ESL Department 402
ESL Department

The Goals of the ESL Department  


It is important for our English Language Learners to feel comfortable in their classes, so we plan to spend some time at the beginning of each semester for our students to learn about and create bonds with their classmates. To develop these relationships, we plan some fun activities. Last year, we went to the Cornell Community Centre, where we got library cards and had a chance to visit the resources in their community. In the fall, we participated in a Thanksgiving Lunch, where students had the opportunity to experience a Canadian tradition. In the winter, we went to the Vaughan Mills Mall, where students had the chance to go bowling with their friends. These experiences, along with others, allow students to feel comfortable, as they work so closely with each other.

We have been working closely with the International Students’ Association and Student2Student groups, which help to integrate our English Language Learners into school life at Bur Oak Secondary School.  We encourage our students to be involved in leadership activities in the school and to participate in school life through extra-curricular activities such as sports and clubs.
The ESL department has also been focusing on empowering our students by teaching them leadership skills and teaching them how to advocate for themselves.  One of the ways we are promoting leadership is by developing relationships with other departments in the school.  We have been working with the Alternative Education and Co-operative Education departments to create leadership roles in the ESL classroom.  
The use of technology in the department helps students develop their literacy skills.  They can also use it to conference and edit their work online.   
Department Head
Ms. Kathy Brown

Department Members

Mr. Owen Norris 

Ms. Amarta Saini 

Mrs. Kassandra Young
Contact us by phone: (905) 202-1234 
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