YPLS partners with OCDSB to offer summer ESL credit courses


“The new OCDSB/YPLS Summer Credit Program enables new international students to get a “jump start” on their high school careers through an ESL credit.”
- Greg Duggan, Director, Young People’s Language School

OCENET’s Young People’s Language School (YPLS) prepares international students to enter OCDSB high schools by focusing on English language skills and school orientation programs.

This summer will see an innovative new initiative involving the partnership of YPLS with OCDSB’s Continuing Education to deliver a summer credit program. This is a pilot project for this year which will be offered to a total of 40 students in two classes.

The program consists of three components: (1) Ontario ESL curriculum credit courses for international students taught by experienced OCDSB language teachers; (2) Content-Based Language Learning focusing on the kinds of subject specific vocabulary the students will encounter in high school courses such as math, science, art and history courses; and (3) the YPLS High School Foundation Program which provides an orientation to Ottawa high schools and places an emphasis upon developing writing, reading, speaking and math skills.

Throughout the 9 week program the credit component runs for 6 weeks from July 4th until August 12th in the mornings. Afternoons consist of the content-based language learning classes as well as a variety of activity sessions that encourage language usage through active participation in games and outdoor excursions.

There are numerous advantages to students in taking this program. New international students will have an opportunity to earn either an ESLBO or ESLCO credit prior to starting school in September. This program also serves as a introduction to the Ontario school system and will assist with placing students at the appropriate level based on English language proficiency. In short, the primary aim of the program is to help students with a smooth transition to high school in Ottawa.

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