English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) programs receive funding based on the number of students who fit the provincial criteria. The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) receives funding for students who have been in Canada for three years or less, and who have come to Canada from a country in which English is not the first language.

The criteria exclude students who either enter Canada from an English speaking country, but cannot speak English, or who take longer than three years to acquire the language.

Students are usually enrolled in a full program of mainstream courses and may receive tutorial support from an ESL instructor or peer tutor.

Request for ESL Support

The principal determines whether or not a student requires extra assistance based on data gathered when a new student registers, or on a recommendation received from the classroom teachers. The principal will complete a request for ESL support and forward it to the superintendent for approval.

The principal of continuing education assists the principal of the school in obtaining a suitable instructor. The principal and classroom teacher evaluate the need for continuing ESL support at least twice per year and forward the recommendations to the superintendent.