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CATCA recognizes that convention is situated on Treaty 7, South of Red Deer River the traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda peoples, and that the North of Red Deer River Treaty 6, traditional Métis, Cree and Saulteaux territory. We honour the First Peoples who have lived here since time immemorial, and we give thanks for the land.

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Thursday, February 24 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Who Are Our ELLs?

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Session: Who are our English Language Learners?
The purpose of this session is to give teachers the background knowledge necessary to help support the needs of the ELLs in mainstream classes. A holistic understanding of who these students are and where they are coming from will enable teachers to form more meaningful connections. While we are not focused on any one particular ethnic or language group, we will include information on Islam as many of our new students are devout Muslims. Our topics will include the family culture and home environment of our families. We will touch on the causes for their migration to Canada and some of the adverse experiences that led to that move. We will discuss student and familial attitudes toward school and behavioural expectations. In addition, we will talk about the diversity of these students’ formal education before coming to our school district. Finally we will discuss some divisions teachers may notice playing out in their classrooms. We are happy to provide additional information on our presentation if that would be helpful in this process.


Emily Young

We are the ESL department at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer, Alberta. We are the designated school for secondary English Language Learners in our district. Together we work with over 150 students with complex needs and diverse levels of English proficiency... Read More →

Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:00pm MST