- Program Considerations
- Classroom Strategies
- Levels of ESL Literacy
CLB Phase I Learner Audio Story
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The world of written language is just beginning to open up for Phase I learners.
Phase I learners represent a variety of age groups, family situations, countries and cultures of origin, languages, interests and skills.
Learners ready for Phase I:
- Have developed an awareness of English text and can read a small number of sight words.
- Recognize that letters represent sounds and can say the sound for most letters.
- Recognize the front and back of a book and understand that text moves from top to bottom and left to right
- Can write legibly on a line, though writing may still be large.
- Can count to 20 and are able to solve simple addition or subtraction problems.
- Have a diverse set of listening and speaking skills - from CLB 1 to 5.
Over the course of Phase I, learners:
- Build their sight word vocabulary and begin to acquire some decoding skills.
- Can copy more accurately and are better able to spell and label appropriately.
- Tackle reading sentences that are short, familiar, and follow a predictable format.
- Are more familiar with the classroom environment and have developed some strategies to support their learning.
Phase I learners are beginning to see new possibilities for themselves with language development. Phase I learners are highly supported, both instructionally and with any other barriers they have to learning.
In this section, learn more about Phase I learners and the appropriate outcomes, approaches, materials and classroom routines for this level. Learn about planning effective theme units and lessons.
The program approach is a description of the path the program will take in order to achieve its purpose and goals. The approach addresses the program’s underlying assumptions about how adults acquire language and literacy and how to best support learners with interrupted formal education.
Program goals are the specific aims of a program. They are statements of how the program will achieve its purpose. Effective programs have clear, explicit goals that are focused on the particular needs of the learners and the community.
A program purpose is a statement that describes the general intent and broad aims of a program. Effective programs have a clear and articulate purpose, which guides all aspects of program and curriculum development.
Writing is the process of communicating ideas or information through text. Effective writing involves using a variety of strategies to plan, compose, revise and edit text. The learning outcomes for writing in this curriculum framework align with the literacy Phases provided in Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners (Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2000).
Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook: Levels of ESL Literacy: Phase I (254 kB)
Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. This chapter of the handbook focuses on CLB Phase I.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.
Phase I Learner Profile (91 kB)
This learner profile provides program providers and instructors with a holistic overview of learners in CLB Phase I.