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English as a Second Language Department 406
English as a Second Language Department

Milliken Mills High School is home to students who speak more than 100 different languages. Our school’s linguistic and cultural diversity provides students with many opportunities for cultural enrichment and for learning that is global in scope.  At the same time, however, this diversity means that a significant  proportion of Milliken’s students arrive as English language learners – that is, students who are learning the language of instruction at the same time as they are learning the curriculum.  



The ESL and ELD programs at our school have been developed to ensure that English language learners have the maximum opportunity to become proficient in English and achieve the high levels of literacy that are expected of all Ontario students.  We believe that proficiency in English is essential to students’ success in both their social and academic lives, and to their ability to take their place in society as responsible and productive citizens.  Milliken Mills High School believes that joint collaboration of students, parents, community partners and the school system is important in ensuring the greatest possibility of success for our English language learners.



Research studies show that it takes five or more years for most English language learners to catch up to age peers in using English for academic purposes, although some will accomplish this earlier, and some will need much longer.

In order to support our English language learners, Milliken Mills H.S. offers a complete ELD and ESL program, as well as sheltered ESL classes in Math, Science, History, Geography, Civics, Careers, Art, Drama, Music, Family Studies, Business, Moderns, Personalized Alternative Education,Technology and English.​


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