English as a Second Language ESL Level 1 (ESLAO)

Name of School: Khalsa Community School
Department: English
Course Development Date: 2017
Course Reviser/Revision Date: ----
Course Title & Grade: English as a Second Language ESL Level 1
Ministry Course Code: ESLA0
Course Type: Open
Credit Value: 1.00
Developed from: The Ontario Curriculum, English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development (Revised), 2007
Prerequisite: None

Course Description:

This course builds on students' previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; 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.

Curriculum Overall Expectations:


  • 1. demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken English for a variety of purposes;

  • 2. use speaking skills and strategies to communicate in English for a variety of classroom and social purposes;

  • 3. use correctly the language structures appropriate for this level to communicate orally in English.


  • 1. read and demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts for different purposes;

  • 2. use a variety of reading strategies throughout the reading process to extract meaning from texts;

  • 3. use a variety of strategies to build vocabulary;

  • 4. locate and extract relevant information from written and graphic texts for a variety of purposes.


  • 1. write in a variety of forms for different purposes and audiences;

  • 2. organize ideas coherently in writing;

  • 3. use correctly the conventions of written English appropriate for this level, including grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation;

  • 4. use the stages of the writing process.


  • 1. use English and non-verbal communication strategies appropriately in a variety of social contexts;

  • 2. demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship, and of the contributions of diverse groups to Canadian society;

  • 3. demonstrate knowledge of and adaptation to the Ontario education system;

  • 4. demonstrate an understanding of, interpret, and create a variety of media texts.