English Language Learners

The term “English language learner” is defined by English Language Learners: ESL and ELD Programs and Services: Policies and Procedures for Ontario Elementary and Secondary Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12 (2007).

For writing only, all English language learners can use a dual-language dictionary or resource to translate one word at a time. For mathematics only, they can use a dual-language resource to translate larger amounts of text at once. The resources for both writing and mathematics include ones that the student created (e.g., a personal glossary), and they can be electronic or paper. 

English language learners are eligible for additional permitted accommodations listed in this guide if

  • they are in the early stages or steps of English-language acquisition. It is assumed that these students require accommodations for classroom assessments throughout the school year. These students are not required to have an IEP to access the accommodations. Record the accommodations in the e-assessment platform.


  • they have special education needs and an IEP. Record the accommodations in the e-assessment system.
Updated on July 20, 2022