Newcomer students get summer language training
A summer language program is helping new English as a second language (EAL) students boost their language skills before entering school this fall.
Three-week programs are offered in July and August for grades 1 to 9 students who have not yet entered school or who arrived late in the school year. The new program allows children to acquire functional language while learning about their new home.
“By learning communicative language over the summer through play and experience, children will be more prepared when they begin school in the fall,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown said. “This in turn, benefits settlement and the retention of new immigrant families in PEI.”
The summer learning programs are offered for beginning learners in grades 1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 to 9 from July 3 to 20 and July 24 to August 10 at Spring Park Elementary School. They are aligned with summer EAL courses being offered for high school students at Colonel Gray.
Students spend mornings in the classroom and they go on outings in the afternoon. A combination of time in the classroom learning essential vocabulary and activities in the community such as exploring Victoria Park, a visit to the fire station or a tour of Confederation Centre provides new language learners with the language skills they need to transition into school and the community.
Programs are delivered by EAL teachers and five youth assistants. The provincial government provides funding support of $90,000.