ESL Programs

English as a Second Language, Level 1

English as a Second Language, Level 1, (WELS 01)

This first level in the WELS Intensive ESL program builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce the English language and help students adjust to their new cultural environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes; use basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns in short conversations; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.
Prerequisite: None

English as a Second Language, Level 2

English as a Second Language, Level 2, (WELS 02)

WELS ESL Level 2 expands students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations, in structured situations, on a variety of familiar and new topics; link English sentences to compose paragraphs; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners; and expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns. The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Canadian life by expanding their cultural knowledge of their new province using a variety of texts, media, and activities.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of WELS, Level 1, or equivalent*

English as a Second Language, Level 3

English as a Second Language, Level 3, (WELS 03)

This level extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will demonstrate improved listening comprehension in English. Students will make short classroom presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of forms of text. Students will also expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate the transition to the mainstream academic programs. This level also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues. Prerequisite: Successful completion of WELS English as a Second Language, Level 2, or equivalent*

“Equivalent” may be an equivalent course of study completed in another province in Canada or in another country, or a proficiency level determined through initial assessment.

 

English as a Second Language, Level 4

English as a Second Language, Level 4, (WELS 04)

In this level, students are prepared to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed residents. Students will develop the reading, writing, and oral presentation skills required for success in college and university subjects. Students are introduced to process essay writing. They will also study and interpret a variety of academic texts; extend listening and speaking skills through note-taking, listening to academic lectures, conducting authentic interviews with Canadian people, and participating in discussions and presentations. Students will also write summaries of academic lectures and articles in English; and respond critically to various print and media texts.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of WELS, Level 3, or equivalent*

 

 

English as a Second Language, Level 5

English as a Second Language, Level 5, (WELS 05)

This level provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom discussions; read and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of WELS, Level 4, or equivalent*

“Equivalent” may be an equivalent course of study completed in another province in Canada or in another country, or a proficiency level determined through initial assessment.

 

 

At the beginning of my journey here at Westfield, I was filled with doubt and a lot of nerves. However, the enthusiastic teachers and staff, along with the energetic students helped me to adapt to this community quickly. I enjoy and appreciate my time here. Westfield is my home away from home.

Kevin

Westfield Secondary is a great school to me. The students are friendly, and I can make friends with people from different countries. The teachers here are great, they are always here to listen and help us with any problems we come across. I would recommend Westfield Secondary to anyone interested in coming here!

Murphy

I feel like the staff and teachers are friends. They are caring towards my study and life. They have helped build my confidence day by day, and improve my English which helps me adjust to local life. My parents are so proud of me and its all thanks to Westfield!

Moises

I came to Canada being excited but also feeling very nervous. I did not have any confidence in speaking English, but the teaching at Westfield help me to rebuild my confidence and has motivated me to improve my learning.

Alex

It’s been a few months now that I have been studying at Westfield. From the first day I came, Westfield made me feel very welcomed. Everyone is very friendly and communicative. The teachers are extremely caring and kind, and they really want us to succeed. Westfield has made me feel at home!

Hassan