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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||Career Cruising||Supporting LIFE||
Career Cruising is an online career guidance and planning system.
|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.
|Tool Box||Classroom Needs Assessment Tool||Understand Needs||
This classroom needs assessment tool is designed for instructors and is based on the principles outlined in Stage 1: Understand Needs of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework. The purpose of this classroom needs assessment tool is to help instructors gather information about individual learners’ needs, supports and barriers and to create a class profile to inform unit and lesson planning.
|Tool Box||Classroom of Excellence Checklist||Planning for Instruction||
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.
|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.
|Tool Box||Curriculum Development Guide: Stage 1||Understand Needs||
This curriculum development guide summarizes the process outlined in Stage 1: Understand Needs of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
|Tool Box||Curriculum Development Guide: Stage 2||Determine Focus||
This curriculum development guide summarizes the process outlined in Stage 2: Determine Focus of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
|Tool Box||Curriculum Development Guide: Stage 3||Learning Outcomes||
This curriculum development guide summarizes the process outlined in Stage 3: Set Learning Outcomes of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework
|Tool Box||Curriculum Development Guide: Stage 4||Assessment||
This curriculum development guide summarizes the process outlined in Stage 4: Integrate Assessment of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
|Tool Box||Curriculum Development Guide: Stage 5||Demonstrate Accountability||
This curriculum development guide summarizes the process outlined in Stage 5: Demonstrate Accountability of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
|Tool Box||Determining Your Focus||Determine Focus||
This tool for determining focus is designed for instructors, based on the principles outlined in Stage 2: Determine Focus. The purpose of this tool is to help instructors understand the focus of the program they work in and establish a classroom focus, if they work in a less formalized program.
|Tool Box||Developing an In-House Placement Assessment||Placement Assessment||
The most effective placement tools are tailored to the program they are designed for, incorporating the context, vocabulary and level of language appropriate to the program. The purpose of this tool is to guide ESL literacy program providers in developing an effective in-house placement tool.
|Tool Box||Discovering the Benefits of a Reading Circle on ESL Literacy Instructors||Bow Valley College Publications||
This applied research project focused on the benefits of participating in a reading cirlce for ESL literacy instructors at Bow Valley College.
|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.