English Language Learners (ELL)

Welcome to the Langley ELL Department

Please click below to see further information and don’t forget to request access to the English Language Folder under Supports for Teachers. There is a ton of information on curriculum support, graphic organizers, SIOP inspired learning and more!

Our Goals

The ELL program supports children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Assistance for ELL students requires attention to language proficiency, intellectual development, and citizenship.


Karen Beatty: District Principal, ELL

Janis Sawatzky: District Teacher, ELL, Instructional Services

Lisa Sadler: Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Manager


Elementary ELL

Each Elementary School has an Itinerant ELL Teacher who can be contacted through the school office. There is also a District ELL Teacher who aids in coordinating the ELL Elementary Department and can be contacted for resources, lesson idea, and presentations on supporting ELLs at jsawatzky@sd35.bc.ca or (778)-726-3575.

Secondary ELL

Each Secondary School has an ELL Coordinator who can be contacted through the school office.


Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Multicultural workers work with immigrant and refugee families to help them transition to daily life in Canada. You can request support for your students, interpretations, and more by contacting the SWIS Department’s manager Lisa Sadler.

International  Students Programming

The International Education Department is housed on the third floor at the Langley School District Board Office. All inquiries regarding the International Student Program should be directed to this office at (604)-534-7891.

  • Refugee Support

    Begin by contacting your local ELL Teacher. They will have access to resources like dual-language dictionaries, early literacy supports, and strategies for supporting them in your classroom.

    Teaching Refugees: Based in Calgary, this website offers background information, techniques, and is great for supporting classroom teachers.

    BCTF’s: Resources have been collated to build your background knowledge.

    Colorin Colorado has more tips on teaching in the classroom.

    Alberta’s easy to read PDF offers tips for classroom teachers and administrators.

    BRYCS Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services is an American website. It contains resources for classroom teachers and provides professional development.

  • Online Resources


    Help me with my ELLs!!! This website will help you set up your classroom, support your lessons, and build your background information for ELLs.

    Storybooks Canada: Read/Listen to multi-language books online. Hosted & created by UBC Graduates.

    Larry Ferlazzo’s Thematic Lists: Collated Resource Lists of the best thematic videos, lessons, and other resources for beginner ELLs.

    Scribjab: Read/Listen/Create multi-language books online or with the app. Created by SFU Graduates & Sponsored by the Decoda Literacy Foundation.

    Primary Games: Online thematic games to support language development for grades K-3.

    Collated ELL Resources is a webpage that features resources that have already been curated. Search this page for lesson topics, themes, grammar features, and anything ELL.

  • Dual Language Books

    These dual-language programs/books are all offered in Canada. You can also ask your ELL Teacher or local library for dual-language books to borrow.







  • Presentation Slides

    Afterschool Series: ELL Literacy

    • Feb. 20: Introduction & the Nature of Reading (repeat of Odyssey Conference)
    • Mar. 6: Comprehension & Vocabulary Development
    • Apr. 4: Beginning Reading & Reading Fluency
    • May 1: Content Area Reading, Study Skills, & Putting it all together

    Odyssey 2018

    Gordon Greenwood

    Odyssey 2017

    Lesson Example

  • District Programs

    iPals “Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters” This program is available for immigrant parents and operates at the Douglas Park Community School.


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4875 222 Street, Langley
BC, V3A 3Z7
Phone: 6045347891