English as an Additional Language


Changing Terminology from ESL to EAL (Adobe Icon 11 KB)
Manitoba has changed from using the term English as a Second Language (ESL) programming to English as an Additional Language (EAL) programming.

Manitoba Education and Training provides school divisions with funding supports for students who are learning English as an Additional Language through two grants: the English as an Additional Language Support Grant and the Intensive Newcomer Support Grant.

Guidelines for the English as an Additional Language Support Grant

The EAL Student Support Grant is available for students whose first or primary language(s) is other than English and who require and receive EAL curriculum, programming and/or additional services to develop English language proficiency and to realize their potential within Manitoba's school system. The EAL Student Support grant does not depend on place of birth but on a student's EAL learning needs. The EAL programming and the supports or services provided should be identifiable and distinct from classroom differentiations that normally are provided to address student differences. Funding will be provided for a maximum of four consecutive years. Further descriptions of students who may benefit from EAL curriculum, supports or services is available in Section I of the Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 12 Curriculum Framework for EAL/LAL Programming.

The grant guidelines provide direction for the planning and implementation of EAL programming and services, while allowing some flexibility to meet the EAL needs of local contexts.  Additional information regarding the English as an Additional Language Support Grant can be found in the current Funding of Schools reference guide. Instructions to assist school divisions in meeting the requirements for the reporting of students for the EAL Support Grant are found in the Public Schools Enrolment and Categorical Grants Reporting booklet.

The EAL Student Support Funding encourages initiatives such as the following:

  • Particular emphasis on explicit supports to develop EAL proficiency
  • Staffing that directly supports students who are learning English as an Additional Language
  • Purchase of resources specific to EAL students
  • Divisional and local capacity building to address the needs of students learning EAL, including professional learning specific to EAL, implementation of divisionally-developed protocols for the reception, assessment and instruction of students learning EAL

For additional information regarding the EAL Student Support Grant please contact Diana Turner at 204-945-7148 (toll-free at 1-800-282-8069 ext. 7148) or Jayesh Maniar at 204-945-7975 (toll-free at 1-800-282-8069, ext 7975).

Guidelines for the Intensive Newcomer Support (INS) Grant

The Intensive Newcomer Support Grant provides additional funding support for specialized programming for EAL students from refugee/war-affected backgrounds. The INS grant is intended to promote:

  • innovative
  • divisionally-coordinated
  • specialized intensive programming
  • for Middle and Senior Years newcomer EAL learners
    • from refugee/war-affected backgrounds
    • who have significantly disrupted schooling

The programming should address essential language, foundational academic and literacy skills and cultural orientation.

To obtain an INS Grant, school divisions must submit a program proposal for approval. The proposals can vary according to the needs of the learners and the context of the school division, but must meet the criteria as described in the Guidelines booklet. Students who are part of INS projects are also eligible for the EAL Student Support Grant (above). Proposals must be submitted by May 31 each year and reports on expenditures are due by October 31 of the following academic year.  See the Guidelines  booklet for complete information.

In 2015-2016, nine divisional Intensive Newcomer Support projects were funded through this grant. Several school divisions developed multi-site projects, while others focused on supporting targeted learners throughout their division. At least two of the projects had added components that met students' need for expanded learning opportunities after-school and in the summer.

School divisions with high numbers of late-enrollment EAL learners may also apply for contingency funding through the INS Grant any time after November 30.

For additional INS Grant information, please contact Diana Turner at 204-945-7148 (toll-free at 1-800-282-8069 ext. 7148) or Jayesh Maniar at 204-945-7975 (toll-free at 1-800-282-8069, ext 7975).

Funding for Temporary Residents Policy

Students who are temporary residents of Manitoba may be eligible for the EAL Support Grant under certain circumstances. The provincial policy statement concerning the funding of temporary residents clarifies federal policy and the documentation requirements that temporary residents must have to be lawfully present in Canada, as well as the documentation schools must request temporary residents to provide.