Literacy and Numeracy Support for High School ELLs

Literacy and Numeracy Support for High School ELLs

The St. Anne Academic Centre is a post-high school institution with the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) that predominantly supports returning grade 12 students. We provide services to 800 students who are either upgrading their education to enter a postsecondary institution or completing high school with a full diploma. We have a significant population of students who are new to Canada, and 45% of our students are English Language Learners (ELL). St. Anne also offers alternative programs such as Kara, that supports parenting students; the Fresh Start Outreach program (50 students), which focuses on students whose personal circumstance resulted in disengagement with their education; U-Learn online education; Home education; a work experience program; and a direct instruction program for students who have Learner Support Plans based on Alberta Education’s coding criteria for students with Diverse Learning Needs (17% of our students).

Through Literacy and Numeracy Support, participating students will assist St. Anne students with their learning in a school setting with the help of St. Anne's highly experienced teaching staff. The program provides numeracy and literacy support for students from a wide range of backgrounds. This program would be a strong fit for students who are flexible, compassionate, and patient, as well as students with knowledge of ELL needs and strong cultural and academic competency.


Students entering their EDUC 400s or EDUC 500s in Fall 2021.


  • One-to-one and small group classroom-based program
  • Age of Children/Youth: 16-19 Years Old


St. Anne's classes run from 9:00am-3:00pm. Participants will provide 2-3 hours of direct support each week, based on the school schedule and students' availability


  • Online


  • St. Anne Academic Centre - 1010 21 Ave SE, Calgary, AB 

St. Anne Logistics

What's Involved

  • Pre-service teachers will participate in a school orientation and tour (specific time TBD)
  • Pre-service teachers will work with students one-on-one or in small groups in non-traditional classroom environments, including St. Anne's "Hub" and the Fresh Start program. Depending on your subject expertise and students' needs, you will provide proactive academic support to students in Math, Science, or the Humanities, with an emphasis on providing ELL support to a diverse group of learners.
  • To develop rapport and trust with students, pre-service teachers will work alongside St. Anne staff and will reach out to students who may be struggling. Pre-service teachers also have the opportunity to extend their involvement beyond the end of the program, or to incorporate traditional classroom opportunities as you become more involved in the St. Anne community. Participants may also have the opportunity to contribute to the school's content development based on individual interests and school needs.


  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued after July 1 of the year you are participating). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.
  • All participants will complete an Occupational Health and Safety orientation as well as an orientation to volunteering with St. Anne and Calgary Catholic.
  • Note: While St. Anne is part of the CCSD, students of all beliefs and backgrounds are welcome to support this program.

Werklund Dates and Times


Services Fair:  Thursday, September 8, 2022,  10 AM - 2 PM (in-person)

Applications Open: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Applications Close: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Werklund Orientation: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • AM: 11 AM - 12 NN (in-person)
  • PM:   2 PM -  3 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #1: Monday, October 24, 2022

  • AM: 10 AM - 11 AM (in-person)
  • PM:   4 PM -  5 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #2/Wrap-Up: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

  • PM:  5 PM - 6 PM (via Zoom)




Applications Open: Monday, November 28, 2022

Applications Close: Sunday, December 11, 2022

Werklund Orientation: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

  • AM: 10 AM - 11 AM  (in-person)
  • PM:   2 PM -   3 PM  (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #1: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • AM:  10 AM - 11 AM (in-person)

Werklund Check-In Session #2: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • PM:  2 PM - 3 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #3/Wrap-Up: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

  • PM:  5 PM - 6 PM (via zoom)

St. Anne's Dates

  • On-Site orientation: TBD 
  • Program Dates: TBD 
  • Times: St. Anne's classes run from 9:00am-3:00pm. Participants will provide 2-3 hours of direct support each week, based on the school schedule and students' availability
  • Students who wish to continue their placement after December are welcome to do so based on their availability

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 25-35 hours for their service-learning experience

Making Connections

  • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their service experiences using a creative medium (e.g., photos, art, storyboarding, videos, etc.) that best reflects their experiences in the program. Your creative reflections will form part of a public showcase of Werklund’s service-learning program later in the year.
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in 2 group meetings: one at the mid-point and another at the end of their placement (1 hour each). These group meetings provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect on the service-learning experience, and to guide improvements for the program.

Applications are now closed. Please check back for more updates.

My biggest highlights were seeing how students of differing skill levels approached classroom materials. It was also great to see the ways in which teachers developed relationships with students and used their bond as a way to create a positive learning environment.

St. Anne Participant

I felt my experience with students was really fulfilling. I learned a lot about building supportive student relationships and I have a huge amount of respect for the St. Anne's system. I was always challenged with my students as I was supporting them, which gave me a lot of opportunities to learn how to work outside my comfort zone.

St. Anne Participant