Administrative Procedure 211

English As A Second Language


Students with limited or no knowledge of the English language shall be formally identified, assessed and provided an appropriate instructional program to support English language development and achieve the learner outcomes of the provincial program of study.

The Division is committed to ensuring success for every student, including students with English as A Second Language (ESL). Students with ESL come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and have a variety of educational experiences, including limited access to formal education. These students may have recently immigrated to Canada, have refugee status, are children of a temporary foreign worker, or on an approved student exchange program. Students with ESL require additional assistance in English language development in order to speak English fluently, achieve the learner outcomes of the provincial program of study, and complete high school.


  1. Students who have English as a Second Language shall be identified and reported annually to Alberta Education. 
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL) students will be placed in a regular age-appropriate classroom and provided an inclusive education program. 
  3. The Principal shall ensure each classroom teacher assesses and monitors the language proficiency of English language learners, plans for language instruction and communicates with English language learners, their parents and their other teachers about students’ language proficiency and academic progress. 
  4. Support for the classroom teacher will be provided by School-based Learning Team, Literacy Coach and/or the Learning Assistance Centre (LAC) teacher, through:
    1. Providing assessment tools, teaching resources, materials to the teacher and/or the students;
    2. Assisting the student to develop fluent English oral, reading and written language skills;
    3. Providing structured opportunities to develop language proficiency and literacy skills. 
  5. The Principal shall collaborate with community agencies, such as the local Multicultural Association, to support families of students with English as a Second Language, provide translation services, facilitate referrals to community agencies, and to enhance the success of students and their families.
  6. Annual assessment documentation shall be kept on file at the school that supports the coding and funding of these students.
  7. ESL programs may be developed for students who do not speak English when entering District schools even though they do not qualify under the Alberta Education definition of ESL for funding purposes.


November 23, 1988


June 17, 2015, September 21, 2016, December 30, 2021


Section 3, 16, 17, 18, 52, 53, 196, 197, 222 Education Act

Funding Manual for School Authorities

Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12

English as a Second Language (ESL) Guide to Implementation, Kindergarten to Grade 9 (Alberta Education 2008)

Cross Reference:

AP 200 Organization for Instruction

AP 213 Inclusive Education 

AP 360 Student Assessment Evaluation and Reporting 

AP 430 Role of the Principal