Depending on their English ability, international students may begin the program in dedicated ELL classes (the Transition Program) or enter regular classes with ELL support classes (the Bridge Program). ELL classes are taught by experienced English Language teachers who teach every subject from an ELL perspective. This means the challenge of learning English does not impede a student’s success in other subjects. ELL classes are designed to help students adapt to a Canadian classroom and develop learning strategies that prepare them to succeed in the regular classroom. SMS offers a number of English language classes, which are recommended for international students who do not require the support of the Bridge program, but would like to continue to work on their language skills.
The International English Language Program includes:
The Transition Program: The Transition Program offers a complete English language program at a variety of grade levels. All students in Transition classes are EL learners. More hours a day are devoted to English instruction and class sizes are smaller than regular classes to provide students with more one-on-one attention.
The Bridge Program: Students whose English ability is strong enough for success in the regular classroom enter the Bridge Program at an age-appropriate grade level. Students in the Bridge Program are part of regular classes, but also receive one or two classes of dedicated English language support.