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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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|Tool Box||Habits of Mind Planning for Instruction||Planning for Instruction||
This tool is designed for instructors and is based on the information and learning outcomes provided in Stage 3: Set Learning Outcomes in Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework. The purpose of this tool is to help instructors gain a general understanding of habits of mind and incorporate habits of mind in long and short-term planning.
|Tool Box||Building a Classroom of Excellence||Planning for Instruction||
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.
|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.
|Tool Box||Guiding Principles for Teaching LIFE||Planning for Instruction||
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
|Tool Box||Theories of ESL Instruction||Planning for Instruction||
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
|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.
|Tool Box||Sample Theme Units||Planning for Instruction||
These CLB Foundation to Phase III theme units are designed to highlight key concepts from the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework. There are three sample lesson plans that connect to each theme unit.
|Tool Box||ESL Literacy Readers||Planning for Instruction||
This resource, developed by Bow Valley College, provides a selection of theme-based readers along with an instructor's guide that will support ESL literacy instructors to create comprehensive, theme-based lessons for adult ESL literacy learners.
|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||Phase III Learner Profile||Phase III||
This learner profile provides program providers and instructors with a holistic overview of learners in CLB Phase III.
|Tool Box||Phase II Learner Profile||Phase II||
This learner profile provides program providers and instructors with a holistic overview of learners in CLB Phase II.
|Tool Box||Phase I Learner Profile||Phase I||
This learner profile provides program providers and instructors with a holistic overview of learners in CLB Phase I.
|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.
|Tool Box||Recommendations for Integrating Numeracy||Numeracy||
The ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework provides these recommendations for integrating numeracy. This section includes a sample excerpt of a curriculum and guiding principles for effective instruction.
|Tool Box||Financial ESL Literacy Toolbox||Numeracy||
The Financial ESL Literacy Toolbox, developed by Bow Valley College, assists ESL literacy instructors in the delivery of numeracy and financial literacy content to their learners.