English Language Learners

English Language Learning courses are offered to students in Grades 7 – 11 who are learning English or wish to enhance their English language skills.

RLC recommends that students whose first language is not English take an ELL course to improve their writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. Each course is designed to help the student integrate into the Canadian academic environment. ELL courses also help students to prepare for the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and the integrated TOEFL test.

Students are placed in ELL courses in accordance with their ability and grade. In Grade 12 we offer the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC), an alternative assessment to the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. This credit course is designed to help students improve their language skills and provide them with another way to demonstrate these skills. Students who have had at least two opportunities to write the OSSLT and who have failed it at least once will be eligible to take the course. The successful completion of this course will satisfy the literacy requirement for graduation.

If the school determines that a student needs ELL instruction, that student will be required to take an ELL course. Our faculty reading specialist will establish individual levels through testing and recommend an appropriate level of study. An additional fee of $2,500 Canadian per course will be charged to the student’s personal account at the time of enrolment in the course. Each course is based on the Ontario curriculum and is taught by an ELL specialist. One credit may be granted for the successful completion of 110 hours of instruction.

ELL is taught in both semesters in Grades 7 & 8 and in one semester only in Grades 9, 10 and 11. The Grade 12 OSSLC course is a one semester course. The cost for an ELL course is $2,500 CAD regardless if it is a one or two semester course.