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English as a Second Language (ESS) and English Language Learners (ELL)

wordtree_ELL.jpgImportant Contacts

School phone number:  705-728-1321

The Barrie Learning Centre – 705-725-8360

YMCA Newcomer Services – 705-797-2020 ext. 22

Interpretation Services

All schools within the Simcoe County District School Board have access to Language Line Interpretation Services, which provides 24-hour access to live, over-the-phone language interpretation.  Through the use of the conference call feature on school phones, this service will provide the assistance of a third-party language interpreter when placing phone calls to and receiving phone calls from parents and / or guardians who have difficulty communicating in English.  Schools can also have a Language Line representative provide interpretation services via speakerphone, during a face-to-face meeting.

Language Line offers interpretation services in the following languages:  Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), French, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Vietnamese, Armenian, Cambodian, German, Haitian, Creole, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Farsi, Tagalog, Thai, and Urdu.  For interpretation of other languages not listed, Language Line can be contacted to inquire about service possibilities.  This service can be used to make phone calls to parents to communicate student successes and concerns, conduct parent-teacher conferences, and facilitate communication between parents and / or students with permitted authorities.

The Ontario Curriculum: Secondary

English As a Second Language and English Literacy Development