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ESL Adult Students

All WECDSB adult students who are learning English as a Second Language attend St. Michael's Catholic High School. Exclusively for adults, the dedicated staff at this school are committed to helping those learners who are motivated to succeed achieve their goals. All ESL credits count towards a high school diploma and depending on life experience and previous academic records, students can graduate in as little as six months.


Language Assessment and Placement

  • Our experienced staff members will assess the language skills of all new students and place them in credit courses that are earned towards an Ontario Secondary School Graduate Diploma.
  • Our staff uses the STEP (Steps to English Proficiency) program to determine student oral, written, and reading skills. They place tremendous importance on ensuring that students are placed in the appropriate program  - whether that is ESL or ELD (A through E) - and that they are getting the support they need to succeed.
  • Our staff conduct an in-depth interview with all prospective students to make sure they are getting a complete picture of their educational, cultural, and personal background so that they are appropriately placed.

Workplace Experience (COOP)

  • Cooperative (CO-OP)education programs allow ESL Adult learners to gain credit for on the job experience.
  • Credit- based cooperative learning experiences in a variety of workplace settings are available.
  • An on-site CO-OP Education Coordinator will determine if a student's existing employment qualifies as credit worthy or help find another CO-OP placement.
  • Students can receive one credit for every 110 hours worked.
  • There is some course work involved, and CO-OP courses must be taken in conjunction with another credit course
  • Students could earn up to 12 credits

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Learn a trade, learn English and get course credit
  • Learn a skilled trade while earning credits
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows students to begin accumulating apprenticable hours and co-op education credits, up to 400 hours, earning a great head start
  • These could be paid placements depending on the situation and work site
  • Co-op coordinator will help find apprenticeship placements
  • Plenty of local opportunities with economic growth and development in the region

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition) Assessment

  • PLAR is an assessment tool used to determine if a student's previous life experience can be counted towards their OSSGD diploma
  • Depending on life experiences students could earn up to 26 credits.  For example: having a family, previous native country certificates, CPR courses, volunteer experience, work experience, and extra curricular activities may all be considered as possible credit.

Hybrid Courses

  • These credit courses allow students to learn on-line on their own time with the option of accessing instructor support in class as needed.
  • Courses offerings are determined by interest, but most diploma courses that are currently offered in our other high schools can be offered through our hybrid programs.
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