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|External Link||Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners||Numeracy||
Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners focuses on ESL literacy and LIFE and outlines the ESL Literacy Benchmarks. ESL literacy learners receive an ESL literacy benchmark for reading, writing and numeracy.
|External Link||Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000: English as a Second Language for Adults||Planning for Instruction||
Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000: English as a second language for adults, divides language learning into twelve different levels, called Benchmarks, in four different skill areas: listening, speaking,reading and writing. The listening and speaking Benchmarks from this resource can be used in both mainstream ESL and ESL literacy programs. This document should not be used to set reading and writing outcomes for literacy learners.
|External Link||ATESL||Program Development||
Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) is a professional organization that promotes the highest standards of ESL provision in Alberta. This website provides links to reports that are the products of various innovative projects funded by the government and others. All reports have an Alberta focus and deal with a variety of special topics within ESL.
|External Link||Best Practice Guidelines for Adult ESL/LINC Programming and Instruction in Alberta||Program Development||
This set of guidelines, prepared by the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL), assists people who are providing English language programs for adult immigrants to Alberta. It is a tool to help new or established programs improve, develop, and become more responsive to learner needs and provide a measure of accountability to the public, and to the funders.
|External Link||Human Resources and Skills Development Canada||Program Development||
This website provides information on Literacy and Essential Skills.
|External Link||Alberta Occupational Profiles||Supporting LIFE||
Alberta Learning Information Services provides over 500 Alberta Occupational Profiles, which include details about specific duties, working conditions, salaries and educational qualifications.
|External Link||Easy Read Job Profiles||Supporting LIFE||
Alberta Learning Information Services has created Easy Read Job Profiles which include an Easy Reading Job Profiles Dictionary.
|External Link||Career Cruising||Supporting LIFE||
Career Cruising is an online career guidance and planning system.
|External Link||Hope in Hard Times Guide||Supporting LIFE||
This guide, produced in June 2009 by the United Way of Calgary and Area, offers general information on some key areas including finances and developing a plan of action. It also contains community resource information. Youth and Chinese editions available as well.
|External Link||Effective literacy strategies for immigrant students||Strategy Instruction||
The Canadian Council on Learning has reviewed the literature devoted to instructional strategies designed to teach literacy skills to ESL learners. This review highlights three important lessons for teaching English literacy skills to ESL/FSL learners.
|External Link||Rethinking Classroom Assessment with Purpose in Mind||Assessment||
Rethinking Classroom Assessment with Purpose in Mind (Western and Northern Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Education, 2006) outlines an assessment structure that addresses the variety of purposes for classroom assessment in the grade school system. Bow Valley College’s ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework has adapted this model to reflect the assessment needs in adult ESL Literacy classrooms.
|External Link||Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks||Program Development||
The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.
|External Link||ATESL ESL Resources Database||Planning for Instruction||
This database includes ESL resources which have been funded and developed in Alberta. It includes resources for teaching, assessment, and professional development, along with policy and research documents.
|External Link||Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook||Bow Valley College Publications||
Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. The handbook is designed for instructors, program coordinators and other stakeholders in ESL literacy. It is a practical handbook, outlining promising practices in program considerations, strategies for the classroom and four different levels of ESL literacy.
|External Link||Conversations for Change: An Overview of Services for Immigrant Children & Youth in Calgary||Immigrant Youth||
The purpose of this document is to gain an understanding of the services being provided to immigrant children and youth in order to improve overall services. Published in 2004.