ESL rebranded to better reflect reality

Students felt English as a Second Language was a misnomer given that many students in the programs already speak several languages.

  • Nov. 29, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Students in B.C. will no longer attend English as a Second Language courses after the province renamed the programs “English Language Learning” last week.

The name change of the kindergarten through Grade 12 programs was suggested in October by youth at the Representative for Children and Youth’s 2011 Summit and announced by Education Minister George Abbott on Nov. 24. Students felt English as a Second Language was a misnomer given that many students in the programs already speak several languages.

No other changes to the programs are planned.

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