English as a Second Language Learners: A Guide for Classroom Teachers

Students for whom English is a second or additional language (or dialect) are a
growing segment of British ColumbiaÕs K-12 school population. Over the
past ten years, the number of students identified as needing ESL services in BC
has more than tripled. Lower Mainland school districts have been especially affected,
and educators in those districts have had to develop skills and processes to address the
growing need. With continuing growth in the numbers of ESL students provincewide,
however, the need to provide appropriate ESL services is becoming an issue for districts
in all areas of BC.