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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. 

Tool Box Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook Section One: Program Considerations Bow Valley College Publications

Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. Section One of the handbook focuses on Program Considerations. 

Tool Box Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook Appendix 1: ESL Literacy Toolbox Bow Valley College Publications

Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. The handbook's toolbox is filled with activities for the Foundation - Phase III classroom. It includes all the reproducible classroom activities and program materials designed for the handbook.

Tool Box Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook Appendix 2: Literature Review Bow Valley College Publications

Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook.  Bow Valley College conducted a literature review on ESL literacy to inform the development of the ESL Literacy Handbook.

Tool Box Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook Appendix 3: Annotated Bibliography Bow Valley College Publications

Essentials for LIFE content is based on Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook. The annotated bibliography includes print and web-based sources.

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 Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework: References Bow Valley College Publications

Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework guides users through five main considerations in the process of curriculum development. Here is a list of the works used and cited in the framework.

Tool Box Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook: Executive Summary 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. 

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 Formative Assessment Toolkit Assessment
The Formative Assessment Toolkit (2010), published by ELSA Net, is a great resource for instructors to learn how to actively incorporate formative assessment into their classroom practice.
External Link Learner Self-Assessment Toolkit Assessment
The Learner Self-Assessment Toolkit, published by ELSA Net, is the companion document to the Formative Assessment Toolkit. The Learner Self-Assessment Toolkit provides guidelines and tools to help instructors introduce or develop learner self-assessment activities. 
Tool Box Methods of Assessment Assessment

The purpose of this tool is to help instructors gain a general understanding of the three purposes of assessment and select assessment methods that align with the purpose for assessment.

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 Portfolio Planning and Implementation Assessment

The purpose of this portfolio planning and implementation tool is to help instructors select a portfolio type that is appropriate for their purpose and plan effectively for portfolio assessment. 

Tool Box Assessment for Learning Samples Assessment

This Asessment for Learning tool includes a sample set of anecdotal notes and a sample checklist.