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International Languages/ESL Department 317
International Languages/ESL Department

Our FSL and International Languages Department offers a variety of courses, options and experiences to meet the needs and interests of our students. We provide programming in French Immersion, Core French (Academic and Applied) and Spanish. We are dedicated to providing experiences which enable our students to communicate and interact in French and Spanish with confidence in an engaging and supportive environment. Students develop the skills necessary to become culturally literate global citizens.

Fundamental concepts addressed in our programs equip our students for an ever changing global society. Literacy skills, (including cultural and digital literacy), in addition to oral competence, flexible groupings and authentic learning, allow ample opportunities for students to interact and be involved “socially” with the language. Students also gain a better knowledge of themselves as learners and co-learners in their journey of language acquisition and competence.

Courses in English as a Second Language assist students whose language is not English to learn and develop the literacy skills needed in order to continue their education and contribute to the social, economic and political life of Canada .

Requirements For ESL at Vaughan S.S.
Students' English proficiency, both oral and written, is formally assessed so that a suitable program may be selected. A mathematics assessment may also be needed to provide an indication of the students' educational background and learning potential. This assessment is conducted at the York Region District School Board Reception Centre. An interview at the school with the student and parents will be arranged to review the assessment information and to recommend a program of study. Finally, the students' progress will be monitored on an ongoing basis, even after he/she formally leaves ESL classes and/or until becoming integrated into the mainstream program. 

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