MacLachlan’s Integrated ESL Program occurs within the school year. All ESL courses at MacLachlan College provide opportunities for students to develop proficiency in English in the four basic language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, students will gain knowledge of their new environment that is necessary for successful integration into the school and community.
Students In Grades 9 to 11 who successfully complete ESL courses are eligible to earn credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Core ESL Classes: Upon arrival at MacLachlan College, the student's level of English proficiency will be assessed by the Director of International Studies to ensure appropriate placement in the various ESL classes. In the Upper School (Grades 9 to 11), MacLachlan offers ESL credit courses based on the Ontario Curriculum. Some additional fees may be required if additional tutorials and/or direct instruction is required.
MacLachlan College retains the services of International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC) to provide homestay services for international students who want to live with a Canadian family. Homestay families are carefully screened and take a personal interest in the students who are in their care. They participate in the program because they value global awareness, cultural diversity, leadership, education, family and community. We put great emphasis in connecting our international students with the right host families to ensure a comfortable transition to their new environment. We understand that a positive and supportive homestay experience greatly influences student success. Students are treated as an extended member of the family. This gives the student the opportunity to further develop their English language skills and learn about the Canadian culture. It is not uncommon that the bonds made between students and host families endure for many years and lifelong friendships are made.
Homestays are governed by clear rules and curfews that are monitored by the school and ISGC. Homestay parents will act on behalf of the international student's family to care for his or her general welfare including meals, health and safety. Although we try to place international students near the school, transportation to and from the school is the responsibility of the student; school bus service or public transport is readily available.
The Town of Oakville is a safe and thriving family-oriented community located on the shores of Lake Ontario. With a mid-sized population of approximately 200,000, it offers an abundance of community recreation facilities, parks, trails, shopping, entertainment and restaurants.