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Building a Classroom of Excellence
What does a classroom of excellence look like? We have collected promising practices in ESL literacy, based on what the research supports, what works for instructors, and most importantly, what proves to be effective for ESL literacy learners. These promising practices are recommendations to instructors, program coordinators and all other stakeholders in ESL literacy.
Classroom of Excellence Checklist
The purpose of this checklist is to help instructors and program providers reflect on instructional practices and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement, and to identify strategies for growth, improvement or change in ESL literacy classrooms, in order to align with the promising practices.
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ESL literacy instruction should empower learners with the language, learning strategies and life skills to be successful in their communities.A successful learning environment enables learners to access information in order to reach their personal goals.
It is important to remember that not all LIFE are at the same level. ESL literacy covers a broad range of abilities, and learners will bring different strengths and needs with them to the classroom.
In this section, you can:
Watch the slide cast on guiding principles for teaching LIFE.
Read about defining classroom excellence and use the checklist to reflect on your instructional practice.
Explore the contents listed on the left for an in-depth look at classroom strategies.
Guiding Principles for Teaching LIFE (88 kB)
These twelve guiding principles for working with LIFE reflect the diversity of learners and ensure that LIFE learn in an environment that encourages them to succeed
Theories of ESL Instruction (96 kB)
There are a number of theories about ESL and ESL literacy acquisition. These theories focus on different ideas of how people best learn literacy in an additional language
Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook Section Two: Strategies for the Classroom (3,208 kB)
Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. Section Two of the handbook focuses on Strategies for the Classroom.Stakeholders are the people who are involved in the program or are affected by what occurs in the program. Key stakeholders in adult ESL Literacy programs include learners, instructors, program administrators, funders and community members.