Strengthen Your English & Prepare For School
The International Student Summer Program (ISSP) provides students with an opportunity to complete one compulsory or optional credit in an intimate environment that provides each student with individualized support that caters to their specific language needs. This program has been carefully designed to benefit those students who strive to be better prepared for their upcoming school year.

Students can choose one of the following three course options: 

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Course Option 1
Skills for Success in Secondary School
GLS10 (Grade 9)
This full credit course teaches Grade 9 students to develop and apply their literacy and numeracy skills, personal-management skills, as well as their interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve achievement in school. This course also helps students build confidence to pursue opportunities in secondary school, the workplace, and beyond.

Literacy Skills – Reading and Writing
ELS20 (Grade 10, 11, 12)
This full credit course is designed to help Grade 10 – 12 students strengthen their reading and writing skills, providing them with additional literacy support in order to graduate secondary school.

Course Option 2
Religious Education – Sheltered
HRE2OS – Grade 10
This full credit course is tailored specifically for International Students who have not previously attended religion classes. This course introduces students to the values and social justice principles that guide the Catholic faith. International Students will benefit from a small class size and individualized teacher support. Successful students will earn one compulsory religion credit.

Sheltered courses are specially designed to support students as they develop academic language proficiency.

Course Option 3
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Available ESL Course Levels: AO, BO or CO
On arrival, students will complete an English Language Assessment in order to identify the appropriate ESL course level (1, 2 or 3) they should be enroled in. Students who successfully meet the criteria and expectations of their identified level of the ESL course will earn an ESL credit and will have developed invaluable English language skills and knowledge that will better prepare them for their upcoming year at secondary school.

Please see below for detailed descriptions of ESL Level courses:

ESLAO – Level 1
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce the English language and help students adjust to their new cultural environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes; use basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns in short conversations; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.

ESLBO – Level 2
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce the English language and help students adjust to their new cultural environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes; use basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns in short conversations; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.

ESLCO – Level 3
This course extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will make short classroom presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of forms of text. Students will also expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate the transition to the mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues.

Program Details

Duration: July 6 – 31, 2020 (Monday to Friday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Burlington Location: Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
Oakville Location: St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School

Program Fees: $1,950.00 CAD (includes Ingle medical insurance)
Homestay Fees: $1,600.00 CAD (arranged through Canada Homestay Network)

How to Apply

  1. Complete an ISSP Registration Form
  2. Pay the program fee via GlobalPay for Students
  3. Email the completed registration form to isp@hcdsb.org

 

Please note that fees and course availability are subject to change.