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Search this comprehensive Toolbox for resources that support ESL literacy in Alberta. Whether you are an ESL literacy program provider or instructor, the materials and information in the Toolbox will inform your decision making and instruction.
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|External Link||All Kids Have Dreams: Immigrant Youth in Greater Forest Lawn||Immigrant Youth||
All Kids Have Dreams is one of the outcomes of the Youth Matters Multicultural Project launched in Calgary by Aspen Family and Community Network Society.
|External Link||Immigrant Youth and Crime: Stakeholder perspectives on risks and protective factors||Immigrant Youth||
This article reports on the risk and protective factors that are perceived by key stakeholders to influence immigrant youths who eventually become involved in crime, gangs and violence in Edmonton, Canada. Published in 2009.
|External Link||Immigrant Children and Youth in Focus||Immigrant Youth||
This article examines the needs of immigrant children and youth, discusses the challenges in services for this group and outlines opportunities for policy and service development.
|External Link||Immigrant Youth in B.C.||Immigrant Youth||
This fact sheet provides statistical information on immigrant and temporary resident youth in B.C. Published in 2010.
|External Link||English as a Second Language Education: Context, Current Responses and Recommendations for New Directions||Immigrant Youth||
This document engages governmental, educational and community stakeholders in a learning process through which they will better understand ESL issues. Recommendations on enhancing ESL services in public education are provided. Published in 2001.
|External Link||Towards a New Model of Working with Older Immigrant Youth||Immigrant Youth||
This paper details the findings of a study that examines the service needs and challenges of refugee youth in Canada and explores what service model would best facilitate successful settlement. Published in 2011.
|External Link||Teaching Refugees with Limited Formal Schooling||Immigrant Youth||
This website was created by the Calgary Board of Education. It provides access to information – publications, educational materials, exemplars from the field – that promote effective programming for students with limited formal schooling.
|External Link||Formative Assessment Toolkit||Assessment|
|Tool Box||Building a Program of Excellence||Demonstrate Accountability||
What does a program 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.
|Tool Box||Program of Excellence Checklist||Program Development||
The purpose of this checklist is to help program providers reflect on their program as a whole, identify areas of strength and areas for improvement, and to identify strategies for growth, improvement or change in their program, in order to align with the promising practices.
|Tool Box||ESL Literacy and LIFE||Program Development||
ESL literacy is a growing field in Canada and throughout the English-speaking world, both as numbers of refugees and immigrants increase, and as awareness grows of the literacy needs of these learners. This document provides an overview of ESL literacy and LIFE.
|Tool Box||Methods of Conducting a Needs Assessment||Understand Needs||
There are many ways to conduct a needs assessment. For a learner needs assessment, a face-to-face interview is the most recommended method. For a community needs assessment, you can use a range of methods.
|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||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||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.