English as an Additional Language (EAL)
EAL tutorial is a class for students who require extra help in reading, writing, reading and writing English as well as supporting students in other subject areas.
A prerequisite for EAL A20L, this course focuses on improving students' listening, speaking, reading and writing by using a variety of themes. Specific course content is subject to change in response to the needs of the students.
EAL instruction provides opportunities for students to use their prior knowledge and experiences to develop their language proficiency. Students apply their language skills to explore a variety of topics which introduce and reinforce academic language needed for other subject areas. Specific course content is subject to change in responds to the needs of the students.
If a student is not meeting the learning outcomes of a particular curriculum, modifications may be required. When a school team, in consultation with parent(s), changes the outcomes of a curriculum, the student has moved beyond classroom adaptations into a qualitatively different program. Students are considered for modified programming if students cannot achieve the outcomes of the curriculum even after instruction, materials, and/or environment has been adapted. Modifications to learning outcomes at any grade level may limit the student's future options for high school and post-secondary education.
Modified program courses are identified using the course numbers 11, 21 and 31 on a students report card and transcript.
Alternative Centre for Education
Alternative Education Program
An Alternative Education Program is designed for students who are unable to meet the learning outcomes of the secondary level Regular Education Program even after the Adaptive Dimension has been applied extensively. Placement in an Alternative Education Program is not considered appropriate for students with average to above average cognitive ability, who may have learning disabilities and/or behaviour disorders, and/or for whom English is a second language or dialect (Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, 2006).
If it has been determined through assessment, observation, and a series of collaborative team meetings that a student's needs can best be met by placement in an Alternative Education Program, then all those involved in this decision must carefully consider the implications of such a placement. Everyone, including students, parent(s), teachers, and principals should carefully review the Ministry's policy found at http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/AEP and pay particular attention to the rationale and implications as outlined.
Alternative program courses are identified using the course numbers 18, 28 and 38 on the students report card and high school transcript.
Functional Integrated Program
A Functional Integrated Program is provided for students with significant multiple or intellectual disabilities who require qualitatively different, individualized programs. Functional Integrated Programs are developed when the diverse needs of a student cannot be met through the Regular Education Program or an Alternative Education Program even after the Adaptive Dimension has been utilized extensively at each grade level (Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, 2006). When it has been determined through formal and informal assessments and a series of collaborative team meetings that a student's needs can best be met through placement in a Functional Integrated Program, those involved in this decision need to be part of the planning process that will determine the next steps.
Each student in a Functional Integrated Program requires an Inclusion and Intervention Plan (IIP) that focuses on individual student strengths and needs. In addition to the annual outcomes identified in the IIP, the IIP needs to consider the preparation required to transition the student to adult life (e.g., degree of independence, meaningful participation, social networking, healthy and safe lifestyle, personal choice and management, and meaningful employment). The student's team should review the policy found at http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/FIP.