Athol Murray College is home to 300 students, representing all of the provinces and territories of Canada and 15 countries. Notre Dame has a long history of successfully graduating international students, who go on to attend top universities in Canada, the USA and abroad. Notre Dame is a safe and welcoming environment where students can focus on their academics, benefit from supportive peers and staff, and become involved in a broad spectrum of athletic and co-curricular activities.
Notre Dame accepts students at all levels of English language proficiency. We offer a true cultural and language immersion experience, as 87% of our students are Canadian.
The EAL program at Notre Dame is designed to provide students with an opportunity to advance their English proficiency regardless of their entry level. This is a program in which most students will start as beginner/intermediate, and hopefully reach the advanced level by the end of the school year. The program uses various group sizes to ensure that students work on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The course instructor will use differentiated material to adapt to the various learning levels.
In later levels of proficiency, the EAL course may also be used as a support class for other subjects. Abiding by the Effective Practice Guidelines for EAL (Saskatchewan ministry of education), students will be instructed in both Basic Interpersonal Commu nication Skills and Cognitive Academic Language proficiency. Students are also introduced to Canadian culture, content, and experiences.
Students will immediately be evaluated upon entry to this course to determine their proficiency level. Students will be evaluated on the various skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) on a regular basis to track progress.