The ESL Department at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute assists English language learners to strengthen academic language and literacy skills as they progress to full participation in mainstream classes. The linguistic and cultural diversity of each student is valued and nurtured in an inclusive and safe environment where students feel safe to take risks in the learning process and develop self-confidence.


In addition to ESL A through E courses, John Polanyi offers various ESL sensitive classes including Math, Science, Civics, Careers, Family Studies, Drama, History, and Geography. English language learners receive assistance in preparation for the OSSLT, and course selection to prepare for future studies. Enriching field trips provide an opportunity to broaden Canadian and cultural experiences.




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