TORONTO: Summer ESL courses open doors for young immigrants
Some 800 high school students are getting a jump on the upcoming school year by taking credit ESL courses at the Toronto District School Board this July.
KEITH BEATY / TORONTO STAR
Among some 800 kids taking English as a Second Language classes at the Toronto District School Board this summer are, from left, Kate Sta. Maria, Hannah Matugas, Luca DiCarlantonio, Leon Hu, and Niousha Daghighi, photographed in the foyer of Forest Hill Collegiate on Wednesday.
It’s the key to belonging for a young newcomer — socially and academically — yet learning English takes time and so much can be forgotten over a summer. No wonder new summer courses in English as a Second Language have been a hit at the Toronto District School Board; some 800 high school students are taking credit ESL courses this July to keep up their momentum. “It’s a huge help with self-esteem and academics and with accelerating those social connections so important to all teens,” says Rodrigo Fuentes, who came to Canada from Chile at 7 with no English and is now the board’s head of continuing and international education.