- Program Considerations
- Classroom Strategies
- Levels of ESL Literacy
Habits of mind are the non-literacy attributes and skills that contribute to success in a variety of Albertan contexts, such as formal education,workplace and community.
ESL literacy programs do more than help learners develop language and literacy skills. ESL literacy instructors and program administrators across Alberta identified the following non-literacy skills as important for learners' success: strategies for learning in and beyond the classroom, life skills for Alberta and sociocultural competence.
When learners do not have the opportunity to develop these skills, it is more difficult for them to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.ESL literacy practitioners in Alberta emphasize the importance of providing learners with the non-literacy skills demonstrated by successful learners.
The four habits of mind outlined in this framework are:
The ability to act effectively or proactively when faced with challenges in learning and life in Canada.
The commitment and ability to direct and sustain one's learning process.
The ability to meet commitments and learn effectively by reliably managing time and information.
Being involved in and enhancing one's own learning process.
This framework outlines skills for demonstrating resourcefulness, motivation, responsibility and engagement in Albertan contexts, such as formal education, workplace and community. When habits of mind and their corresponding skills are fostered in ESL literacy programs, learners can transfer these to contexts beyond the program, such as workplace, community and further education.
Habits of Mind Planning for Instruction (108 kB)
This tool is designed for instructors and is based on the information and learning outcomes provided in Stage 3: Set Learning Outcomes in Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework. The purpose of this tool is to help instructors gain a general understanding of habits of mind and incorporate habits of mind in long and short-term planning.
Glossary of Terms (296 kB)
The Glossary of Terms provides definitions and descriptions of the way key terms are used in the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
Habits of Mind Outcomes (117 kB)
The following Habits of Mind outcomes in the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework include life skills, learning strategies and intercultural competencies. The focus is on supporting learners to demonstrate Habits of Mind in Albertan contexts.