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|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||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.
|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||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||ESL Literacy Readers Guide||Bow Valley College Publications||
This guide accompanies the ESL Literacy Readers, developed by Bow Valley College. Included in this guide are extension ideas to enable you to create comprehensive, theme-based lessons for adult ESL literacy learners. These stories are not to be read in isolation; rather, each story will serve as the foundation of a lesson that incorporates not only extensions in the classroom but also in the community.
|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.
|External Link||Formative Assessment Toolkit||Assessment|
|Tool Box||Foundation Phase Learner Profile||Foundation Phase||
This learner profile provides program providers and instructors with a holistic overview of learners in the CLB Foundation Phase.
|Tool Box||Glossary of Terms||Bow Valley College Publications||
The Glossary of Terms provides definitions and descriptions of the way key terms are used in the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
|Tool Box||Goal Setters Club||Supporting LIFE||
In the Bridge Program at Bow Valley College, a Goal Setters Club was facilitated every two weeks to support short-term goal setting. At every session, learners assessed and reflected on a previously set goal, set a new short-term goal and shared their new goal with the group of learners. Learners who participated in the Goal Setters Club were Phase II and Phase III ESL literacy learners.
|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||Habits of Mind Outcomes||Learning Outcomes||
The following Habits of Mind outcomes in the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework include life skills, learning strategies and intercultural competencies. The focus is on supporting learners to demonstrate Habits of Mind in Albertan contexts.
|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||Helping Immigrant Youth Reach Their Potential through Successful Transitioning Into Adult Learning||Immigrant Youth||
This research project conducted at Bow Valley College investigated how to effectively help immigrant youth with limited literacy skills better adjust to the adult learning context.
|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.