Ontario’s Directory of Best Practice Resources for Language Training

ABC Life Literacy Canada has developed a workbook called ABC Internet Matters. This is an excellent introduction to the Internet and computers. It would be effective with Stage 1 learners. The workbook can be downloaded for free with sign-in.

Free access:
http://abclifeliteracy.ca/digital-literacy

ABC Life Literacy has financial literacy downloadable resources and a social media guide, developed by the TD Bank. The Money Matters booklets and tip sheets are designed for English learners and are suitable for Stage 1 readers. Topics include spending, saving and financial literacy for the family.

Free access:
http://abclifeliteracy.ca/financial-literacy

This resource book contains curriculum for financial literacy with well-presented teaching guidelines.

Topics: economic literacy, employment literacy, personal management literacy

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/sites/default/files/ABCs%20of%20Practical%20Literacy.pdf

This resource takes a considered approach to the topic of Blended Learning. It is organized in categories for the diverse needs of readers.  For an organization moving to an e-learning model, it could inform planning, development and funding application rationales.

Note: Read the Tips for Using This Bibliography before starting.

Free access:
http://bib.learnit2teach.ca/

(ACE) Advance Consulting for Education

A 30-hour online or in-class (in London, ON) grammar course for practicing English language instructors. The course is designed for educators teaching advanced ESL, test preparation or English for Academic Purposes. The curriculum covers 20 grammar topics, approaching each from three perspectives: analyzing form and use of the structure, student challenges with the structure and interesting ways to teach the structure. The grammar course is taught through a series of Lecture Notes. A certificate is granted after successful completion of the course. Graduates will receive a PTCT course certificate.

For details:
http://www.aceducation.ca/courses-and-services/ace-certificate-in-advanced-grammar-for-english-teachers.html

Canadian College of Educators

The Advanced Pedagogical Grammar Preparation course is offered in a fully online format or blended format. It is designed for TESL Ontario accredited instructors.

The course offers an in-depth exploration of advanced grammatical structures, grammar lesson planning with the Canadian Language Benchmarks and instructional resources. Participants will be able to apply new methodologies for teaching advanced grammar, and design effective lesson plans at CLB Stage 3. Assessments include quizzes, reflective journals and a lesson planning assignment. Successful participants will receive a PTCT course certificate.

For details:
http://canadiancollegeofeducators.ca/?page_id=113

Linking Canadian Language Benchmarks to Essential Skills

Included is an Implementation Guide for Instructors.

Free access:
https://www.norquest.ca/NorquestCollege/media/pdf/educationalresources/linc5_aug08.pdf

Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS) has 249 occupational videos available. They could be used for listening activities or independent learning.

Free access:
http://alis.alberta.ca/videoplayer/player.aspx?vk=20

CLB ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL) addresses the needs and abilities of adult ESL Literacy learners. Most government-funded Adult ESL classes in Canada are referenced to the CLB and adult ESL learners are placed on the CLB scale using a CLB‐based assessment instrument. However, when adult ESL learners who lack literacy skills are placed on the scale, they require unique supports as they gain the ability to communicate in an additional language. The purpose of this document is to describe the needs and abilities of adult ESL Literacy learners and to support instructors in meeting their learning needs.” (www.language.ca)

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/product/clb-esl-for-adult-literacy-learners-all-pdf-e/

21 languages available

Alone in Canada is a 65-page book designed to address mental health needs of newcomers who are alone in Canada and may be struggling with settlement. There are 21 chapters written at an intermediate level; the content is accessible and a comfortable length for the low-intermediate learner. The topics cover a variety of issues, including thinking about the past, present and future, coping with stress, learning the unwritten rules of Canadian manners, developing a routine and celebrating achievements. The chapters contain quotes from newcomers, tips and short exercises to help the reader individualize and apply the content.

Although intended for individuals who are on their own, the content may be helpful to all newcomers who are facing challenges adjusting to life in Canada. In addition, instructors and administrators may find it a useful resource for professional development. The chapters can easily be used or adapted for classroom use.

Free access:
https://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/Documents/english_alone_in_canada.pdf

This website is sponsored by the Association of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA). The materials are levelled but do not specifically reference CLBs. Quick Links and Resources for Health & Wellness include videos for visiting a walk-in clinic and making 9-1-1 calls. Lesson plans for include healthy eating, healthy minds, family health and trauma-informed practice. Teacher guides are available. There are some B.C. references.

Free access:
http://www.amssa.org/resources/quicklinks-resources/healthy-living-resources/esl-resources/video-resources/

This site is sponsored by the Quebec Literacy Working Group. It provides e-learning activities and a 36-page printable workbook on topics such as rights and responsibilities, democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Can be used in class or for independent study. The video links require Adobe Flash downloads.

Free access:
http://www.learnquebec.ca/learnapps/skills_for_life/unit4.html

This site is sponsored by the Quebec Literacy Working Group. It provides e-learning activities and a 36-page printable workbook on topics such as rights and responsibilities, democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Can be used in class or for independent study. Must download Adobe Flash.

Free access:
http://www.learnquebec.ca/learnapps/skills_for_life/unit4.html

The Best of the Reader site contains a series of e-books for low-level ESL and literacy learners. The books can be used in class or for independent study. Users have permission to download, print and distribute the material found on the website. Each e-reader has 8 to 10 stories with activities and an answer key. The list of e-readers includes a Teachers’ Guide, and calendar of special days and holidays for the year, and specific work-related titles such as People and Jobs.

Free access:
http://www.bestofthereader.ca/

This 250-page guide is referenced to CLBs (1–3) and has instructions for adapting units and lessons to PBLA. It contains teaching strategies and language goals for English learners. The teacher’s guide and student materials contain background information, lesson plans and learner activities. Skill building (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and language building (grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary) activities are provided. The objective is to assist learners with trauma to see themselves as belonging to the wider community.

Free access:
http://cmascanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1467063427_01_beyond_trauma_complete_1.pdf

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This instructor-recommended site (privately maintained) provides listening practice for learners at the intermediate level or above. The site includes audio books, novellas, short stories, articles and song lyrics. Different listening speeds are available. Grammar and idiom activities are available.

Free access:
http://ESL-Bits.net/

Printable health and illness flashcards and worksheets. Created for children but can be adapted to adult learners. Not referenced to CLB.

Free access:
http://bogglesworldesl.com/kids_worksheets/health.htm

The Book of Idioms from A to Z lists a broad range of familiar idioms in one place. It is hosted on the Easy Pace Learning website, where additional free downloads include grammar lessons, exercises and dictionaries.

Free access to Easy Pace Learning. Scroll down to download file:
https://www.easypacelearning.com/english-books/english-books-for-download-pdf/category/6-english-grammar-pdf-and-word-doc

This website contains helpful information for citing and referencing sources in academic writing, and how to cite according to the APA Style, 6th Edition. There is also an excellent guide to plagiarism.

Free access:
http://bowvalleycollege.libguides.com/apa-style

Free access:
Plagiarism guidelines and APA citation samples:
http://international.bowvalleycollege.ca/public/download/documents/7368

This site is located in Canada and is for all ESL teachers, K to Adult. There are word scrambles and search generators. There are thousands of worksheets available (there are filters). Many are connected to PowerPoint downloads or YouTube/Ted Talk videos or popular movies/songs. There are ESL articles for instructors that focus on professional development. The site is relatively easy to navigate. Search has a drop-down listing of choices aligned with your search words. No registration is required. You can sign up for a newsletter.

Search “employment” or use specific search words such as “job search” or “business English.” It may take time to explore available worksheets, activities or how-to examples.

Free access:
http://www.busyteacher.org

This 6-module curriculum, produced by Literacy Link Eastern Ontario, provides the Essential Skills training required to work as a call centre operator.

Free access:
http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/lleo/call_centre/call_centre_learner/call_centre_learner.pdf

This 6-module curriculum, produced by Literacy Link Eastern Ontario, provides the Essential Skills training required to work as a call centre operator.

Free access:
http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/lleo/call_centre/call_centre_learner/call_centre_learner.pdf

The Can Do Statements are easy-to-read posters, intended for instructors to post in classrooms and for learners to access individually. The statements are based on the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) and provide a description for what learners can do at each benchmark from 1–12, in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  The statements present key information from the CLB document in accessible language, informing students about what they have accomplished and what skills they must still develop.

You need to "Add to Cart" in order to download,  which means registering to order.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/product/can-do-statements-pdf-e/

“The Can Do Statements for Employment are intended for immigrants seeking employment, employment counsellors, and employers. The Can Do Statements are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB); they have been simplified and given a narrower focus to support their use in an employment context. The statements cover CLB levels 4–10, and offer an overview of each level from a workplace perspective. They provide examples of English-language tasks in a variety of workplace-related contexts:

  • On the phone
  • Working with others
  • Workplace safety
  • Taking part in meetings

and for a variety of workplace tasks:

  • Making and answering phone calls
  • Communicating with others in a workplace setting
  • Understanding and responding

The tasks cover all four language skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.” (www.language.ca)

You need to "Add to Cart" in order to download, which means registering to order.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/product/can-do-statements-for-employment-pdf-e/

One of the videos in this collection is specifically designed to introduce newcomers to Canada’s tax system — “New to Canada? Learn about Taxes.” The remaining videos look at more mainstream topics such as how to file tax returns, tax issues in common-law relationships, the underground economy and taxes for separated or divorced persons.

Free access:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/vdgllry/ndvdls/menu-eng.html

By Drew Smith (hard copy and Kindle e-book)

This study guide is based on the Canadian citizenship study guide and has been adapted for CLB 4–5 learners. The contents align with the official study guide and provide multiple-choice comprehension questions followed by review exercises. Presented in a format that is easily accessible for language learners who are preparing for their citizenship test. The text can be used in a classroom setting or for self-study. Worksheets and an answer key are included. The book also provides a link to additional video quizzes for the citizenship test.

ISBN-10: 1519121296

ISBN-13: 978-1519121295

Available for purchase through Amazon:
https://www.amazon.ca/Canadian-Citizenship-Made-Easy-English/dp/1519121296

By Drew Smith (hard copy and Kindle e-book)

This study guide is based on the Canadian citizenship study guide and has been adapted for CLB 4–5 learners. The contents align with the official study guide and provide multiple-choice comprehension questions followed by review exercises. Presented in a format that is easily accessible for language learners who are preparing for the citizenship test. The text can be used in a classroom setting or for self-study. Worksheets and an answer key are included. The book also provides a link to additional video quizzes for the citizenship test.

ISBN-10: 1519121296

ISBN-13: 978-1519121295

Available for purchase through Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Canadian-Citizenship-Made-Easy-English/dp/1519121296

The Canadian Encyclopedia is not intended as an ESL resource, or a citizenship resource; however, it is an interesting, up-to-date and comprehensive compendium that can be used by students and educators for research or personal interest. It is written at a level that is accessible to Stage 2 learners.

The Encyclopedia is provided in both English and French, and contains 14,000 articles in each language. The topics include Canadian history, politics, popular culture, science, the arts and sports. Audio and video features are embedded in the online documents, and include the well-known Heritage Minutes. The closed captioning feature can be used for accurate English subtitles of the Heritage videos. There is an extensive list of interactive resources in an alphabetical list, organized as collections, exhibits, timelines and teaching resources. The teaching resources include several study guides and short quizzes, which cover issues such as Black History, the War of 1812, Critical Thinking and Compiling a Bibliography. The website also provides a link to the Canadian Citizenship Challenge, an online quiz that simulates the citizenship test. It references the Discover Canada citizenship resource. The quiz can be completed by a student individually or teachers can register their students to complete the challenge as a team.

Register your team here:
http://citizenshipchallenge.ca/student/register

Free access:
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/

This 235-page book describes CLB as follows: “The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standard is a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language (ESL) written as 12 benchmarks or reference points along a continuum from basic to advanced. The CLB standard reflects the progression of the knowledge and skills that underlie basic, intermediate and advanced ability among adult ESL learners.

The Canadian Language Benchmarks are:

  • a set of descriptive statements about successive levels on the continuum of language ability,
  • a description of communicative competencies and performance tasks through which learners demonstrate application of language knowledge (i.e., competence) and skill (i.e., ability),
  • a national standard for planning curricula for language instruction in a variety of contexts,
  • a framework of reference for learning, teaching, programming and assessing adult ESL in Canada.”

The book takes learners through stages 1 to 3 in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Free access:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/language-benchmarks.pdf

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is an American organization that bridges the academic world with applied language education. Projects and resources (some free) include language planning and policy, adult language instruction, testing and assessment, refugee and immigrant integration.

Free access:
http://www.cal.org/

The Centre for Canadian  Language Benchmarks acts as a repository for all things CLB that have been funded, produced and shared to ensure national consistency in language delivery.

It supports the following areas:

  • CLB
  • PBLA
  • Language learners
  • Immigration or citizenship
  • Language teachers
  • Volunteers working with refugees
  • Language assessors
  • Literacy
  • TESL training
  • Employers, counsellors and workers
  • Regulatory bodies

Note: The site is updated to reflect the changing needs of the language community.

Most resources are free access:
www.language.ca

For reference use, this link at the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks provides an overview that relates the CLBs to immigration and citizenship. There are also links for details on language proof for citizenship and the CLB 4 competency framework for listening and speaking, in addition to various government information pages for settlement, education, training and employment.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/resourcesexpertise/for-immigration-or-citizenship/

For reference use, this link at the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks provides an overview that relates the CLBs to immigration and citizenship. There are also links for details on language proof for citizenship and the CLB 4 competency framework for listening and speaking, in addition to various government information pages for settlement, education, training and employment.

Free access: http://www.language.ca/resourcesexpertise/for-immigration-or-citizenship/

For reference use, this link at the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks provides an overview that relates the CLBs to immigration and citizenship. There are also links for details on language proof for citizenship and the CLB 4 competency framework for listening and speaking, in addition to various government information pages for settlement, education, training and employment.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/resourcesexpertise/for-immigration-or-citizenship/

Located under the  English Publications - downloadable, there are several lesson plans for Stage 1. Each lesson contains outcomes, warm-up and vocabulary-building activities for the four language skills. There is also a community contact task. Lessons also come with suggested resources and language focus for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. You will need to select Add to Cart and it will be emailed to you.

Free access:

Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Canada: Weather
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Canada: Winter in Canada
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Food: Making tea
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Health: Medical clinics, understanding a directory
Stage 1 - CLB 1-2 - Employment: Preparing to find a job
Stage 1 - CLB 2 - Food: Healthy eating
Stage 1 - CLB 2 - Transportation: Using local transit
Stage 1 - CLB 2-3 - Food: Making Salad
Stage 1 - CLB 4 - Food: Cooking
Stage 1 - CLB 4 - Housing: Renting an apartment

 

http://www.language.ca/publications/english-publications-downloadable/

Located under the CCLB English Publications-Downloadable tab, there are several lesson plans for Stage 1. Each lesson contains outcomes, warm-up and vocabulary-building activities for the four language skills. There is also a community contact task. Lessons also come with suggested resources and language focus for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. You need to "Add to Cart" to download and they will be emailed to you.

Free access:

Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Canada: Weather
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Canada: Winter in Canada
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Food: Making tea
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Health: Medical clinics, understanding a directory
Stage 1 - CLB 1-2 - Employment: Preparing to find a job
Stage 1 - CLB 2 - Food: Healthy eating
Stage 1 - CLB 2 - Transportation: Using local transit
Stage 1 - CLB 2-3 - Food: Making salad
Stage 1 - CLB 4 - Food: Cooking
Stage 1 - CLB 4 - Housing: Renting an apartment

 

http://www.language.ca/publications/english-publications-downloadable/

Located under the CCLB English Publications - Downloadable page, there are several lesson plans for CLB 5–8. Each lesson contains outcomes, warm-up and vocabulary-building activities for the four language skills. There is also a community contact task. Lessons also come with suggested resources and language focus for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

You will need to "Add to Cart" to download. They will be emailed to you.

Free access:

Stage 2 - CLB 4-5 - Travel: Planning a trip
Stage 2 - CLB 5 - Community: Library
Stage 2 - CLB 5-6 - Business: Garage sale
Stage 2 - CLB 5-6 - Canada: Appreciating the legacy of Glenn Gould
Stage 2 - CLB 6-7 - Education: Your child's school
Stage 2 - CLB 7 - Culture: Demonstrating a skill
Stage 2 - CLB 7-8 - Education: Post-secondary education
Stage 2 - CLB 7-8 - Employment: Interview skills
Stage 2 - CLB 8 - Canada: Refugee experience

 

http://www.language.ca/publications/english-publications-downloadable/

Located under the CCLB English Publications - Downloadable page, there are several lesson plans for Stage 1. Each lesson contains outcomes, warm-up and vocabulary-building activities for the four language skills. There is also a community contact task. Lessons also come with suggested resources and language focus for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

You need to "Add to Cart" in order to download, which means registering with CCLB.

Free access:

Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Canada: Weather
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Canada: Winter in Canada
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Food: Making tea
Stage 1 - CLB 1 - Health: Medical clinics, understanding a directory
Stage 1 - CLB 1-2 - Employment: Preparing to find a job
Stage 1 - CLB 2 - Food: Healthy eating
Stage 1 - CLB 2 - Transportation: Using local transit
Stage 1 - CLB 2-3 - Food: Making salad
Stage 1 - CLB 4 - Food: Cooking
Stage 1 - CLB 4 - Housing: Renting an apartment

 

http://www.language.ca/publications/english-publications-downloadable/

Located under the CCLB English Publications - Downloadable, there are several lesson plans for CLB 1-8. Each lesson contains outcomes, warm-up and vocabulary-building activities for the four language skills. There is also a community contact task. Lessons also come with suggested resources and language focus for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. You will need to "Add to Cart" to download. It will be sent as a download.

 

Free access:

Stage 2 - CLB 4-5 - Travel: Planning a trip
Stage 2 - CLB 5 - Community: Library
Stage 2 - CLB 5-6 - Business: Garage sale
Stage 2 - CLB 5-6 - Canada: Appreciating the legacy of Glenn Gould
Stage 2 - CLB 6-7 - Education: Your child's school
Stage 2 - CLB 7 - Culture: Demonstrating a skill
Stage 2 - CLB 7-8 - Education: Post-secondary education
Stage 2 - CLB 7-8 - Employment: Interview skills
Stage 2 - CLB 8 - Canada: Refugee experience

 

http://www.language.ca/publications/english-publications-downloadable/

Free access:

TESL Ontario Blog – Aboriginal Lessons:

This TESL Ontario blog introduces instructors to a variety of methods for teaching Indigenous history and culture. It provides links for Talking Circles, land acknowledgement (CLB 5–8) and a lesson plan for the Ojibwa language.
http://blog.teslontario.org/aboriginal-lessons/

Strong Nations – Indigenous literature and lesson plans:
http://www.strongnations.com/

Best of the Reader – Canada’s Indigenous Peoples:
http://www.bestofthereader.ca/Ebooks/Canada's_Aboriginal_People.pdf

“When I Was Eight” YouTube video based on the book by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margret Pokiak-Fenton:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSBrkJn3NeI

Free access:

TESL Ontario Blog – Aboriginal Lessons:

This TESL Ontario Blog introduces instructors to a variety of methods for teaching Indigenous history and culture. It provides links for Talking Circles, land acknowledgement (CLB 5–8) and a lesson plan for the Ojibwa language.

http://blog.teslontario.org/aboriginal-lessons/

Strong Nations – Indigenous literature and lesson plans:
http://www.strongnations.com/

Best of the Reader – Canada’s Indigenous Peoples:
http://www.bestofthereader.ca/Ebooks/Canada's_Aboriginal_People.pdf

“When I Was Eight” – YouTube video based on the book by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margret Pokiak-Fenton:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSBrkJn3NeI

This resource was developed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now IRCC) as a companion to Discover Canada, the federal government’s citizenship test study guide. It is intended for program planning and instructional use. The chapters are theme-based with a planning framework for CLB 1-8. It provides reproducible activities, recommended resources and teaching strategies. There are seven chapters covering:

  1. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
  2. Who We Are
  3. Canada’s History
  4. Canada’s Government
  5. Elections
  6. Canadian Symbols
  7. Canada’s Regions and Economy

There is an informative list of suggested resources, including books and online materials, including a virtual Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with translations in 23 languages:

Free access to the Charter:
http://www.charterofrights.ca/en/27_08_01

Free access to the resource:
http://atwork.settlement.org/downloads/atwork/Citizenship%20Resource/Citizenship%20Resource.pdf

This resource was developed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now IRCC) as a companion to Discover Canada, the federal government’s citizenship test study guide. It is intended for program planning and instructional use. The chapters are theme-based with a planning framework for CLB 1-8. It provides reproducible activities, recommended resources and teaching strategies. There are seven chapters covering:

  1. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
  2. Who We Are
  3. Canada’s History
  4. Canada’s Government
  5. Elections
  6. Canadian Symbols
  7. Canada’s Regions and Economy

There is an informative list of suggested resources, including books and online materials, including a virtual Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with translations in 23 languages.

Free access to the Charter:
http://www.charterofrights.ca/en/27_08_01

Free access to the resource:
http://atwork.settlement.org/downloads/atwork/Citizenship%20Resource/Citizenship%20Resource.pdf

This resource was developed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now IRCC) as a companion to Discover Canada, the federal government’s citizenship test study guide. It is intended for program planning and instructional use. The chapters are theme-based with a planning framework for CLB 1–8. It provides reproducible activities, recommended resources and teaching strategies. Lessons may be adaptable for literacy classrooms. There are seven chapters covering:

  1. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
  2. Who We Are
  3. Canada’s History
  4. Canada’s Government
  5. Elections
  6. Canadian Symbols
  7. Canada’s Regions and Economy

There is an informative list of suggested resources, including books and online materials, including a virtual Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with translations in 23 languages.

Free access to the Charter:
http://www.charterofrights.ca/en/27_08_01

Free access to the resource:
http://atwork.settlement.org/downloads/atwork/Citizenship%20Resource/Citizenship%20Resource.pdf

Lessons may be adaptable for literacy classrooms, this resource was developed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now IRCC) as a companion to Discover Canada, the federal government’s citizenship test study guide. It is intended for program planning and instructional use. The chapters are theme-based with a planning framework for CLB 1–8. It provides reproducible activities, recommended resources and teaching strategies. There are seven chapters covering:

  1. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
  2. Who We Are
  3. Canada’s History
  4. Canada’s Government
  5. Elections
  6. Canadian Symbols
  7. Canada’s Regions and Economy

There is an informative list of suggested resources including books and online materials, including a virtual Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with translations in 23 languages:
http://www.charterofrights.ca/en/27_08_01

Free access:
http://atwork.settlement.org/downloads/atwork/Citizenship%20Resource/Citizenship%20Resource.pdf

A 136-page study guide (non-CLB) based on the 2011 federal government Discover Canada study guide. Contains readings with comprehension questions that are written for intermediate students.

Free access:
http://citizenshipcounts.ca/content/pdf/citizenship-guide-newcomers-manitoba-self-study.pdf

A colourful, interactive website that helps participants prepare for the Canadian citizenship test. Participants are invited to earn badges as they complete each section on the benefits of citizenship. The site is linked to the online Discover Canada study guide. Participants also have the option of listening to the study guide on Sound Cloud.

Free access to the study guide:
https://soundcloud.com/citizenshipcounts/sets/discover-canada-study-guide

The test preparation section contains flash cards for practice, in addition to online quizzes. There are two options for the quizzes: a 30-minute timed quiz with 20 questions, simulating the real citizenship test, plus a random quiz with no time limit.

Free access:
http://citizenshipcounts.ca/

Topics on this website will introduce participants to CLARS. These include:

  • CLARS Orientation Slide Show
  • Briefing Handout Package
  • Readiness Checklist (CLARS)
  • Readiness Checklist (LTPS)
  • Action Plan Template
  • CLARS Centre Operating Guidelines
  • LTP Guidelines for CLARS
  • CLARS Training Deck
  • National Language Placement Guidelines

Free access:
https://www.hartsystem.ca/CLARSorientation/CLARSOrientation.htm

This resource is a validated assessment tool for exit tests that assess learning outcomes of adult ESL learners in intermediate to advanced levels, CLB 5-10.  The tests cover three areas: employment, community and academic. It is available on order for $70.00 (plus HST).

For more information:
http://www.language.ca/product/clb-5-10-exit-assessment-tasks-e/

CLB Bootcamp is a 10-hour self-study course divided into three modules:

  1. CLB Basics covers an introduction to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. It includes the theoretical framework, the revised CLB document and the CLB ESL for Adult Literacy Learners document.
  2. Planning and the CLB provides instruction in needs assessment, and how to use a task-based approach to planning modules and lessons.
  3. Assessment and the CLB covers on-going learner assessment and provides an introduction to Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA).

Free access (through the CCLB E-learning Portal): http://learning.language.ca

This is a resource developed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. SAM is a validated tool for assessing CLB 1–4. Assessment areas include employment and settlement. There is a $45 cost to order (plus HST).

For further information and information on ordering the document:
http://www.language.ca/product/sam-for-clb-1-4-e/

The CLB Support Kit contains background information for ESL practitioners, with detailed discussions on incorporating grammar, pronunciation and pragmatics into CLB-based programs. There are sections that address using the CLBs in multilevel classes, with special needs learners, and in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and workplace ESL.

It includes sample program planning tools such as needs assessment, sample rubrics, tracking forms, self-assessment and feedback forms.

References are listed at the end of each section, as well as additional resources developed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, including SAM for CLB 1-4, and the CLB 5-10 Exit Assessment Tasks for community, employment and academic programs.

You need to "Add to Cart" in order to download, which means registering to order.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/product/clb-support-kit-pdf-e/

The kit also provides exemplars for listening, speaking, reading and writing as a separate document, which can be accessed at:
http://www.language.ca/product/clb-esl-for-adult-literacy-learners-all-pdf-e/

Select Part IV for the exemplars.

“This resource is intended to be used in conjunction with two key documents:

  • the Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL), which supports instructors working with adult ESL learners who have literacy needs; and
  • the Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adults, which is the national standard for English as a second language for adult immigrants (including those with literacy needs) living, working and studying in Canada.

The purpose of this Support Kit is to show instructors how the CLB and ALL documents are used for planning and assessing ESL learners with literacy needs in CLB-referenced classrooms.

The Kit includes:

  • Orientations to the CLB: ESL for ALL and the CLB: ESL for Adults documents;
  • Information and examples for planning literacy instruction, including needs;
  • Assessment and goal-setting, module/unit planning and lesson planning;
  • Information and examples on assessing ESL Literacy learners’ progress in a way that is compatible with Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA);
  • Suggestions for supporting ESL Literacy learners in multi-level literacy classes and mainstream ESL classes;
  • Ideas for using the Continuum of Literacy Skills found in the CLB: ESL for ALL document; and
  • Sample resources for literacy instruction and assessment.” (www.language.ca)

To download you need to "Add to Cart" and register. The PDF will be emailed to you.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/product/clb-esl-for-adult-literacy-learners-all-pdf-e/

This document was the result of a team project from Norquest College’s School of Intercultural Communication. It was written to help newcomers understand the communication context in Canadian workplaces.

The general learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding Canadian safety policy specific to the workplace
  • Practice pronunciation clarity for the workplace
  • Learn about working in a multicultural organization
  • Expand industry-specific and idiomatic vocabulary

Free access:
https://www.norquest.ca/professional-development/norquest-centres/centre-for-intercultural-education/projects/completed-projects/common-ground-guide-to-english-in-the-workplace-(phase-2).aspx

This site offers CLB-aligned activities and information about legal issues, including many related to employment rights. It includes a broad range of downloadable booklets about a variety of legal topics written in clear language. One series has been especially developed for ESL teachers and learners.
Access at:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Activity Kits

Twenty-six activity kits with classroom materials for teachers and learners in Adult ESL and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes, based on topics from CLEO's tenants' and workers' rights series.

Designed to teach newcomers about their legal rights and to be used along with the relevant CLEO publications, the materials are intended for learners and levels ranging from Canadian Language Benchmarks 1 to 6+.

Free access to the Kits:
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/eslkits

Free access to CLEO resources:
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en

The resource was developed to create communication pathways for deaf learners and employees.

Free access:
http://wem.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Computers-for-Deaf-Learners.pdf

These seven workbooks in this series were developed to introduce learners to the Essential Skills required by all workers in Canada. The Essential Skills have been aligned to the CLBs. The workbooks will introduce instructors to the Essential Skills and they could be used as workbooks for later stage 2 learners.

Free access:
http://www.llsc.on.ca/node/99

Access Forward: Free training modules for people with disabilities:
http://accessforward.ca/

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Housing for Newcomers PDF available in eight languages:
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/newcomers/

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Sample rental forms, worksheets, messages about repair and maintenance:
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/reho/yogureho/salewo/index.cfm

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Government of Canada:
http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

The Canadian Consumer Handbook provides information on identity theft, credit reporting and consumer complaints:
http://www.consumerhandbook.ca/en/

CLEO Resources and Publications: Ontario laws related to housing, family law, criminal, employment. Posters and documents in several languages: http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/resources-and-publications

Consumer Protection Ontario:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/consumer-protection-ontario

Get Cyber Safe, Government of Canada, provides information on how to keep safe online:
https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

Human Rights Commission of Ontario: Video lessons on rights and responsibilities related to housing:
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/learning/human-rights-and-rental-housing

Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Province of Ontario, provides information in 10 languages:
http://www.hrlsc.on.ca/en/welcome

Job Bank, Government of Canada. Extensive searchable database:
https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home-eng.do?lang=eng

Legal Aid Ontario: 1-800-668-8258

Legal Line provides easy to understand explanations on many federal and provincial laws, on many topics, and in 65 languages:
http://www.legalline.ca/answers/

Newcomers’ Guide to Security and Justice (Community Legal Services of Ottawa-Carleton): Landlord and tenant issues. Animated video, activities, legal information. This site requires Adobe Flash download.
http://www.newlanguage.ca/security-rights/renters/rentors-index.html

Ontario Labour Market: Job trends and outlooks:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/job-trends-and-outlook

Settlement.org: Guides available in 10 languages:

Daily Life
http://settlement.org/ontario/daily-life/

Find Services Near Me
http://settlement.org/findhelp/ontario/

My First Days
http://settlement.org/firstdays/

Settlement.org: Housing information in 30 languages:
http://settlement.org/ontario/housing/

 

The Tenant Survival Manual is produced by the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations and is available in 13 languages:

https://www.torontotenants.org/resources/tenant-survival-manual

see TESL Ontario CONTACT Magazine

Curriculum Guidelines for Ontario Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program. (Adult FSL can also be accessed through this website.) See Quartz and Keystone Concepts

The focus of this resource is to build awareness and improve intercultural communication in culturally diverse work environments. It is intended for foreign-trained professionals, but will also be a useful resource for their Canadian counterparts and for the professional development of ESL instructors.

The resource has four parts: a series of 19 short (2-minute) videos, supported by an activity guide, a booklet of scene-by-scene breakdowns for the videos to give context to each scene, and a guide containing the full transcripts of each video.

The scenarios in the videos are based on the lived experiences of newcomers. (The resource is not referenced to the CLBs, but the language is at an intermediate/advanced level.) The videos present authentic challenges in intercultural communication in a workplace setting: refusing to shake hands, failing to understand the unwritten rules in a meeting, not communicating problems to a supervisor, having a difficult conversation about uncomfortable behaviours. The resource aims to increase intercultural awareness and competency, build and practice workplace skills and appropriate language. The aim is to enhance the employability of newcomers, give them the tools to navigate communication differences in multicultural settings, not only to enter the labour market but also to maintain employment.

Free access:
https://www.norquest.ca/norquest-centres/centre-for-intercultural-education/projects/completed-projects/critical-incidents-for-intercultural-communication-in-the-workplace.aspx

The resources below will be useful to instructors and learners in understanding culture.

Free access.

English Language Lessons (Canadian point of view):
https://www.engvid.com/cultural-differences-for-esl-students/
https://www.engvid.com/polite-english-what-not-to-say-to-people/

This is an online dictation tool that uses voice recognition technology to transform voice into digital text. It functions with Google Chrome. Users can narrate emails, essays and long documents into text without typing. To begin, users must connect a microphone to the computer and click the Start Dictation button. The app uses the browser’s local Storage to automatically save transcribed text. The program will work with several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Malay.

The app can also be used as a pronunciation tool. It corrects text based on context, but does not overcorrect.

Free access:
https://dictation.io/

This is the 68-page official government document to prepare applicants for the Canadian citizenship test. The topics include applying for citizenship, rights and responsibilities, government, federal elections and the justice system.

It should be noted that the guide is written at an intermediate level, which may be challenging for newcomers with lower reading proficiency. It is not a textbook; there are no learning activities other than the sample study questions at the end of the guide.

Free access:
www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/discover.pdf

This is the 68-page official government document to prepare applicants for the Canadian citizenship test. The topics include applying for citizenship, rights and responsibilities, government, federal elections and the justice system.

The language level of the guide is suitable for intermediate readers. It is not a textbook; there are no learning activities other than the sample study questions at the end of the guide.

Free access:
www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/discover.pdf

The E-Learning Toolkit, developed by Bow Valley College, provides a collection of resources and information to assist administrators and ELL instructors to develop methods and strategies for using digital and online technology. The toolkit will be useful in planning, facilitating and evaluating online language learning, to foster engagement, accessibility and enhance communication.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/elearningtoolkit/

The Easy Reading Career Planning Series includes Work and You Book 1 and Work and You Book 2, plus a book for tutors and advisors.

Additional topics: job profiles, dictionary, find a job, keep your job

Note: The two titles, Be Safe at Work and Employment Law Protects Workers, are focused on Alberta, but the core information is useful and could be adapted.

Free access:
https://www.alis.alberta.ca/ERadvisors

Every instructor needs a free, easy-to-use crossword puzzle generator. It is an excellent tool for reviewing or assessing targeted vocabulary acquisition.

Free access:
http://www.eclipsecrossword.com/

Edmodo is an educational platform and global network that permits teachers to share content, distribute assignments and assessments, as well as manage communication with learners and others, and connect with other educators globally. Edmodo is integrated with Google Apps for Education and Microsoft OneNote and Office. Instructors can form groups, assign homework, schedule quizzes and manage learner progress with the platform.

Free access:
https://www.edmodo.com/teachers

This digital tool allows users to take an existing video (from YouTube, Khan Academy, etc.) and add interactive questions and activities to personalize and individualize lessons.

Free access:
https://edpuzzle.com/

The English Language Learning (ELL) Training Network was developed by CEIIA, Bow Valley College’s Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement. Designed for ELL practitioners, the Network provides information, resources and tools for instructors, a resource finder, PD workshops and webinars, network for professional learning, blog posts and social media links.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/networks/ell-training-network

The English Listening Lessons and Library Online (elllo) site offers audio and video lessons with some printable worksheets. There is a wide variety of topics, including job search, job offer, job ads, dream job. Non-CLB. Many Canadian references.

Free access:
http://www.elllo.org/english/1351.htm

The English Listening Lessons and Library Online (elllo) site offers audio and video lessons with some printable worksheets. There is a wide variety of topics, including renting a new apartment, paying rent, and missing home. Non-CLB. Many Canadian references.

Free access:
http://www.elllo.org/english/1351.htm

This is a 240-page e-book that provides lessons in reading, document use and math. The lessons are built on real-life examples and follow four individuals in the workplace in Ontario. The organization and layout is appealing to a reader. The four individuals work in four different jobs. Instructors and students can decide which worker to learn about. There is self-assessment as well as critical thinking questions embedded in the modules.

Free at:
http://www.quillnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/emsu_wrkbk.pdf

This is a 240-page e-book that provides lessons in reading, document use and math. The lessons are built on real-life examples and follow four individuals in different workplaces in Ontario. The organization and layout is appealing to a reader. The four individuals work in four different jobs. Instructors and students can decide which worker to learn about. There are self-assessments as well as critical thinking questions embedded in the modules.

Free access:
http://www.quillnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/emsu_wrkbk.pdf

Employee rights, tenant rights, police, family violence and human rights. There are 10 modules on several legal topics with an animated story, text and activity. Learners can work on their own and check their learning by completing online exercises. The site was developed by New Media Language Training. The site requires Adobe Flash download.

Free access:
http://www.newlanguage.ca/security-rights/justicesplash2.html

English for Financial Literacy is an instructor’s resource for CLB levels 1 to 8. Some materials may be adaptable for literacy learners. The objective is to help instructors incorporate financial literacy content into their program planning and teaching. There are three volumes with audio and additional online activities.

Free access:
http://wiki.settlementatwork.org/index.php?title=English_for_Financial_Literacy:_Volumes_1_-_3

Online vocabulary and contextual information for occupations, including airline, hotel, food & beverage, nursing, police, cashiers, tour guides, taxi. Some audio available.

Free access:
https://www.englishclub.com/english-for-work/

These online activities focus on English vocabulary and grammar exercises for the hospitality industry in the categories of food & beverage, hotel, travel/tourism, politeness training. While individual files are free to download, there is a fee option that allows you to download a topic file.

Free access:
http://www.englishformyjob.com/esl-worksheet-collection.html

ESL Library is a commercial website based in Winnipeg, offering high-quality lesson plans for Canadian, American and international educators. The lessons are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced learners, with a large variety of activities, including flashcards, discussion starters on political, social and environmental issues, mini-debates, holidays, grammar, writing, podcasts and a reading series (which includes detective serials). Themes include English at work, the environment, healthcare, everyday English and idioms. New lessons are added monthly. Sample lessons are available but are watermarked.

Subscription is required. Lessons are downloadable PDFs (copyrighted).

Available in 3-month, 6-month and 12-month memberships, from $25 to $55.

Groups of teachers can share memberships; for example 1–5 teachers can share the 1-year $55 membership.

Subscription required:
https://www.esllibrary.com/welcome

The Network was developed by CEIIA, Bow Valley College’s Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement. Designed for ESL Literacy practitioners, the Network provides information, resources and tools for instructors, a resource finder, PD workshops and webinars, network for professional learning, blog posts and social media links.

For administrators, there are tools for program development, including a comprehensive program development guide, and a series on innovations in programming.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/networks/esl-literacy-network

 

This Canadian website sells classroom materials for a variety of purposes. The texts are written for ESL learners from Literacy to CLB 6. The books range in cost from about $30 to $80, for teacher or school. CDs are provided. Texts are skill and theme based (health, food, family), also includes  Canadian holidays, vocabulary activities and games. New texts contain PBLA resources.

Subscription required:
http://www.eslresources.com/

Additional Resources:

Lessons are task-based for PBLA:
http://www.eslresources.com/Foof-Related-Tasks-Shopping-and-Beyond.html

http://www.eslresources.com/Listening-Reading-and-Writing-and-Assessment-Janet-Kan-Includes-2-CDs.html

Outcomes: Assessment 4-book series for CLB 1–4, based on CLB 2000, can be adapted for PBLA tasks:
http://www.eslresources.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1

Photocopy-ready lesson plans with illustrations, target vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises. The audio CD is included.

Free access:
http://www.eslresources.com/Body-and-Ailments-Health-and-Pharmacy-audio-CD-included.html

Photocopy-ready lesson plans with illustrations, target vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises. The audio CD is included.

Free access:
http://www.eslresources.com/Body-and-Ailments-Health-and-Pharmacy-audio-CD-included.html

Ontario Resource Compilation

A selection of resources and links for learners.
http://www.skills.edu.gov.on.ca/dc/osapqa008328

Essential Skills Profiles

Essential Skills Profiles are available for most occupations in Canada. Each profile lists job tasks in nine Essential Skills and rates them at 1–5 levels of competency.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/essential-skills/profiles.html

Essential Skills Assessments

These are clearly written checklists for students to use to assess their skills. There is one for each of the nine Essential Skills.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/essential-skills/tools.html

Essential Skills Online Assessments

A series of short quizzes provide an indication of skill strengths and areas that may require improvement.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/essential-skills/tools/online-indicator.html

List of Tools

Tools, assessment and support information for trainers and career counsellors.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/essential-skills/tools.html#tab3

Manitoba Resources

Includes curriculum for pharmacists, health care aid and entrepreneurs with an Essential Skills focus.
http://wem.mb.ca/resources/

Learner Materials: A Strategy for Writing Tests, Navigating Workplace Documents and Numeracy
http://wem.mb.ca/learner-materials/

Vocabulary Building Workbook

This workbook includes 24 lessons to help students increase Canadian workplace vocabulary. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/essential-skills/tools/vocabulary.html

Storybooks and related activities in five language: English, French, Arabic, Tagalog and Chinese. Designed for parents and children to read and develop literacy skills together.

Free access:
http://familyliteracyfirst.ca/

The Toolkit is a comprehensive guide for teaching financial literacy and numeracy to ESL Literacy and low-level learners. The guide contains assessment materials, instructional and planning content, thematic units with sample lesson plans and classroom resources, with instructions for three learner stages: Emerging, Building and Expanding, which have been developed for multi-level settings.

Thematic units cover: goal setting, money, grocery shopping, budgeting, banking, credit/debt/loans. Follow-up and homework activities are suggested, along with teaching tips. The Toolkit emphasizes that there is not necessarily a correlation between a learner’s literacy and numeracy skills.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/sites/default/files/Financial-ESL-Literacy-Toolkit_1.pdf

This 58-page guide is designed to assist newcomers with settlement information on arrival, and contains lots of useful information. Written in clear language for intermediate English readers, there are 10 chapters covering health, housing, employment, education, citizenship, legal services and consumer information. There is also practical information on the weather, finding healthcare, cell phone services and recreation suggestions, plus links to community services and organizations.

Free access:
http://settlement.org/downloads/First_Days_Guide_EN.pdf

This online game is sponsored by the United Nations World Health Organization. Learners can choose from 60 levels of vocabulary. By selecting the correct meaning for the selected word, 10 grains of rice are donated to a country in need.

There is built-in audio to hear the correct pronunciation of the word as well. If a learner makes an error, the word is added back into rotation. Learners can play individually or teams can be set up for competition. It is a free log-in system.

Free access:
www.freerice.com

A Beginning Look at Canada: Now in its third edition, this text is for post-literacy to high-beginner ESL students who wish to learn about Canada while improving their reading skillshttps://pearsonerpi.com/en/elt/reading/a-beginning-look-at-canada-fourth-edition-139103

 Canadian Concepts: This six-level communicative course integrates real-life skills with essential language, vocabulary and Canadian cultural information:
http://pearsonerpi.com/en/elt/integrated-skills/canadian-concepts

Canadian Language Basics: These three volumes correspond to former LINC 2–4 levels:
http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780195439564.html

English Vocabulary in Use: Vocabulary is clearly presented and contextualized on left-hand pages with practice activities on facing right-hand pages:
http://www.cambridge.org/us/cambridgeenglish/catalog/grammar-vocabulary-and-pronunciation/english-vocabulary-use-elementary

Focus on Grammar: Fifth Edition: This text continues to leverage its successful four-step approach that lets learners move from comprehension to communication within a clear and consistent structure:
https://www.pearsonelt.com/catalogue/skills/focus-on-grammar.html

Interchange: A four-level American English course that delivers a communicative approach, flexible unit structure and easy-to-use digital support: Cambridge. http://www.cambridge.org/us/cambridgeenglish/catalog/adult-courses/interchange-5th-edition

Oxford Picture Dictionary – Canadian Edition: The Oxford Picture Dictionary, Second Canadian Edition is an illustrated, theme-based dictionary for second-language learners.
http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780195431162.html

The Round: Independent online publisher. Resources tend to be very inexpensive. Recommended:

  • Richer Speaking by Sandy Millin
  • Moral Dilemmas by Lindsay Clandfiled
  • Brainstorming by Gerhard Erasmus and Hall Houston
  • 52: A Year of Subversive Activities for the ELT Classroom by Lindsay Clandfield

http://the-round.com/about/

These books are now out of print but may be available through used booksellers:

  • Being Canadian
  • Canadian Crossroads
  • ELSA Survival Guide
  • Take Part
  • TESL Talk series
  • Whaddaya Say: Guided Practice in Relaxed Speech

This free educational website houses 2,000 lessons for a global audience, covering 180 topics, primarily designed to improve technology skills for learners of all ages. There are tutorials to improve knowledge of Microsoft Office, iPads and other devices, and how to use social media. In addition, there are lessons in the Essential Skills of reading and mathematics, and English language learning.

The technology tutorials may be quite useful for teachers to improve understanding and comfort levels with digital tools. Learners can use the tutorials for independent study.

The English language feature for ESL students is suitable for intermediate/high level learners. The lessons are for grammar, reading skills. Instructions are available in several languages, including Arabic, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. The lessons have video and interactive features as well. Teacher guides and resources are available, and instructors can customize lessons.

Free access:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/topics

Google‘s G Suite is a set of digital tools to help instructors interact, collaborate, prepare and store materials. The Suite differs from a personal account because it allows instructors to share school-wide and with the class, providing shared access to Drive, Calendars and Docs, with enhanced security. There are 11 Google tools, including Gmail, Drive, Vault, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Websites and Hangouts. The Classroom tool allows instructors to create, share, grade assignments and communicate with learners. The website is a site-builder for instructors or students to create their own website or class website. The Vault is a space to archive emails and chats.

G Suite is free for schools and includes support. There is no advertising and your data belongs to you.

Free access:
https://www.google.com/edu/products/productivity-tools/

This is a 284-page resource for literacy learners. Instructors are welcome to pull from the activities, worksheets, learning strategies and ideas included in the collection. Clear and easy to use. Numeracy is included.

Free access:
http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/handson/handson.pdf

Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) provide information about in-home assistance and long-term care for those who cannot care for themselves at home:
http://www.ccac-ont.ca

Dental Health: Posters and educational materials promote brushing, flossing, fluoride, early dental health. The site is sponsored by the North Carolina Health and Human Services: https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dph/oralhealth/education/index.htm

Dental Services: Healthy Smiles Ontario provides free dental services for Ontario children under 17 for low-income families without dental coverage:
www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/dental

EatRight Ontario: Toll free: 1-877-510-5102. Speak to a registered dietitian for free. Website has personalized menu planner for diabetes, toddlers and families: https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/MenuPlanner.aspx

Healthcare Connect: Toll free: 1-800-445-1822. This service connects Ontarians with doctors accepting new patients.

Helpline for Mental Health and Addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling:
http://www.connexontario.ca/

LanguageGuide.Org is an online picture dictionary with images, audio and text and activities. http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/

OHIP: Public information on the health care system, services forms, card renewal, change of address forms:
www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public

Telehealth Ontario: Toll free: 1-866-797-0000. This is a confidential service connecting callers to a registered nurse who gives health advice. Translation support available.

211 Ontario: Call 2-1-1. This number provides free information about Ontario government services and community programs, in over 100 languages.

Vaccinations and Immunization: Information about publicly funded vaccinations and immunization in Ontario: www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization

Health Talk: A Health Literacy Curriculum for English Language Learners is published by the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. The lessons are suitable for CLB 1–2. There are nine health-related modules that include medical emergencies, filling out forms and navigating the hospital. There are some references to Alberta.

Free access:
http://library.copian.ca/series/health-talk-health-literacy-curriculum-english-language-learner

Healthy Eating is designed for CLB 1 but can be adapted to other levels. Created by Immigrate Manitoba, this curriculum offers classroom activities and a methodology guide: topics include food, nutrition, grocery shopping and budgeting.

Free access:
http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/alt/EAL-Healthy-Eating-Toolkit.pdf

Informative and easy-to-read manual, this illustrated booklet is for a general audience (not ESL learners). It was written by a group of seniors to provide people heading to hospital (and caregivers) with practical information.

The topics include when to call an ambulance, levels of urgency in the Emergency Room, hospital vocabulary, map of the patient floor, definitions of healthcare providers and their roles.

Free access:
http://uhnopenlab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Hospital-Handbook_eBook_2016-08-24.pdf

This free online book includes many strategies useful for English learners who are new to Canadian academic environments. Topics include oral presentations, group work, strategies for multiple-choice exams, strategies for written exams, active listening, active reading, reading at an academic level and more.

An excellent resource for ESL for Academic Purposes instructors and learners.

Free access:
http://www.ubcpress.ca/asset/20105/1/9780774838993_Web.pdf

This course addresses fundamental concepts in the teaching of pronunciation, teaching the pronunciation of consonants, teaching the pronunciation of vowels, teaching word stress, teaching rhythm, and teaching intonation. In-class delivery, 30 hours over 10 weeks on the Newnham Campus of Seneca College.

For more information:
http://www.teslontario.org/ptct-how-teach-pronunciation-esl-students

All PTCT courses are listed under Post TESL Certificate Training.

Human Rights 101 is an eLearning opportunity through the Ontario Human Rights Commission. There are video tutorials on human rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code. (CLB 4+)

Free access:
www.ohrc.on.ca/en/learning/human-rights-101-2014-ed

This is a series of five videos produced by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Four of the videos focus on the rights and responsibilities related to rental housing, the Human Rights Code and discrimination. The videos are at an intermediate language level; text and transcripts are provided. The fifth video is a review in quiz format.

Free access:
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/learning/human-rights-and-rental-housing

Produced by Immigrate Manitoba, this set of videos and resources can be used in the classroom or independently to encourage effective learning strategies outside the classroom.

Free access:
http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/community-stakeholders/ienglish/

For CLB levels 5–6, designed to be used by an instructor.

This 366-page textbook is available as a downloadable PDF or as an e-text for use in the classroom (or with a tutor). The chapters integrate the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with some essential skills and intercultural skills.

Features of the text:

  • Key scenes are acted out by 9 individuals of varying ages, different genders and race/ethnicities, with different accents: should appeal to a wide range of learners
  • Audio and video activities
  • Interactive text: underlined vocabulary and idioms linked with definitions, interactive activities can be submitted for marking with immediate feedback
  • Themed grammar activities
  • Tasks and rubrics align with CLB document for instructor’s use or self-assessment
  • Extension activities provide practice in community settings
  • Navigation bar allows learners to download/print individual activities,       link to social media, easily access the table of contents and answer keys, change settings and translate (linking to Google Translate)
  • Chapter vocabulary lists and glossary provided
  • Instructor guide available

Content is comprehensive. Chapters are and clearly laid out for instructors and learners. Online availability means learners can access the text in their free time for review and reinforcement, or as homework. Recommended CLB 5–6.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/OER/NQC/In-the-Community/

The link provides a printable PDF version.
$$$ Kindle e-reader available through Amazon.ca.

This online textbook is geared towards CLB 5–6 learners. It is designed to be used by an instructor or tutor. An instructor guide is provided.

The focus is on the Canadian workplace: workplace culture, development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, plus Essential Skills and intercultural competence.

The text introduces two characters, a Strategy Coach and a Workplace Mentor. The Strategy Coach provides strategies to develop language skills. The Workplace Mentor introduces learners to general workplace culture in Canada.

  • Video tasks and focus questions help learners develop “noticing skills” and prompt discussions about similarities and differences between the learner’s home culture and Canadian culture.
  • Reading sections provide reading passages, pre- and post-reading activities. There is also a reading progress check for self-assessment.
  • Each listening section has two listening texts with pre- and post-listening activities, and a listening progress check for practice and self-assessment.
  • A writing section with pre-writing tasks, writing practice and a progress check. A rubric is included that generally aligns with CLBs.
  • A speaking section contains pronunciation, speaking practice and a progress check. A rubric is included.
  • Wrap-up includes discussion, reflection and extension tasks. The extension activities have vocabulary log activities, community tasks and research opportunities.

Chapters:

  1. Workplace Environment
  2. Personal Management
  3. Workplace Communications
  4. Clients and Customers
  5. Career Management

Text features:

  • Navigation bar allows learners to download/print individual activities, link to social media, easily access the table of contents and answer keys, change settings and translate (linking to Google Translate)
  • Vocabulary tables and glossary provided

Content is comprehensive. Chapters are clearly laid out for instructors and learners. Online availability means learners can access the text in their free time for review and reinforcement or do as homework.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/OER/BVC/In-the-Workplace/

“Understanding the Boss” and “Workplace Safety” are interactive lessons with video, listening, reading, practice and review activities. (There are five other stories on various topics.) The site requires Adobe Flash download.

Free access:
https://media.norquest.ca/MDS/ie2/

Developed by NorQuest College in Alberta, the interactive lessons can be completed in a computer lab or independently. There are six lessons that focus on one family. The lessons cover health, the workplace and community situations. Each lesson has a short video, reading and vocabulary activities. A teacher guide is provided. This site requires Adobe Flash download.

Free access:
https://media.norquest.ca/MDS/ie2/

This is an interesting interactive self-learning program. Effective for learners at a higher Stage 2 or for instructors who need a refresher in intercultural communication. It takes about an hour to complete. The site requires Adobe Flash download.

Free access:
https://media.norquest.ca/MDS/intercultural_coach/index.htm

The Internet Picture Dictionary is an easy-to-use multilingual online dictionary and vocabulary-building program, useful for low-level ESL and literacy learners. It is also available in French, German, Spanish and Italian. The illustrated dictionary covers several topics, including animals, appliances, body parts, clothing, fruits and vegetables, school and transportation. The interactive activities include flashcards, fill-in-the-blanks, word scramble and recall.

Free access:
http://www.pdictionary.com

The Language and Skills Training Resource Catalogue of ISANS includes books that cover a wide range of topics for ESL Literacy and SLT classes. For example:

  • Through the Lens helps learners navigate and understand living in a diverse community
  • Workplace Curricula focuses on healthcare, engineers, communication for work and business, pronunciation and communication for work
  • Soft skills focus on professional communication, working with others, workplace writing for levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Language learning strategies
  • EAL computer training

Order form included; prices range from $20 to $300 (plus HST).

Free access:
http://www.isans.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ResourceCatalogue_web.pdf

This is a sharing website for instructor-made materials: a variety of resources including printable worksheets, PowerPoints and videos. Registration required.

Free access:
https://en.islcollective.com/

Suitable for Stage I & II learners.

The links on this site include a wide selection of activities for low-level learners in CLB 1–5. Activities are categorized into 11 themes: people, work, everyday activities, home, our community, our world, food, health, getting around, communication and the basics.

Free access:
http://issbc.org/janis-esl/links.html

Kahoot! is an engaging interactive quiz game app that is suited to classroom use. Instructors create multiple-choice questions, which can be displayed on a screen or interactive whiteboard. Learners play against each other or on teams using their own device. The games can be enhanced with the use of images, YouTube videos or gifs. Games can also connect with other classrooms, schools or countries, and can use screen sharing tools, such as Google Hangouts. Kahoot! can be used to introduce, review and reinforce lessons and put students’ cell phones to good use in the classroom. It can be used as well as a survey vehicle.

Instructions, suggestions and sample lessons are available in the Teacher’s Guide: https://files.getkahoot.com/academy/Kahoot_Academy_Guide_1st_Ed_-_September_2016.pdf

Free access:
https://getkahoot.com/

The Keystone Concepts foundational document and Quartz online planning tool together comprise the “Curriculum Guidelines for Ontario Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program.” (Adult FSL can also be accessed through this website.)

Keystone Concepts is a 40-page document containing guiding principles and components of program delivery for ESL in Ontario Adult Non-Credit Language Training programs. It is the foundation for the course planning process that is facilitated by the Quartz interactive online suite of planning tools. The document details eight core principles, and four key components of program planning.

Please note: Currently only those with a schoolboard email can access this site.

Restricted access:
www.quartz.ca

This 16-page guide is an excellent overview of the assessment process in Ontario. It is explicitly for learners and, while clearly written, requires substantial reading skills.

It is an excellent tool for other stakeholders. For example, intake workers and receptionists would find it useful to reference this document on a regular basis, as would ISAP staff.

The guide could be used to develop a webinar for support staff who are challenged by students on a regular basis.

Free access:
http://www.tcet.com/assessmentguide/assessmentguide.pdf

The resources available are curated by topic or area of interest. They are updated and added to on a regular basis. Resources are available for instructors but the webinars require membership in the Peel-Halton-Dufferin Support Services. Topics are generally aligned to CLB levels and stages.

Online Resource Topics:

  • Settlement
  • Citizenship
  • NFB Short Films

Free access:
http://www.lincpeelhalton.com/LINC-Teaching-Resources/index.html

The resource includes information and techniques for incorporating Essential Skills into activities. You will need to "Add to Cart" in order to  download. The PDF will be sent to you.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/product/language-for-work-clb-essential-skills-for-esl-instructors-pdf-e/

This resource was developed to help instructors/trainers with the language and strategies to help newcomers approach employment opportunities in Canada. You will need to "Add to Cart" in order to download. The PDF will be emailed to you.

Free access:

http://www.language.ca/product/language-for-work-clb-essential-skills-for-trainers-pdf-e/

Literacy, Stages 1 & 2. There are currently 13 workbooks. Each workbook covers two benchmarks, literacy, Stage 1, plus CLB 5.

Topics include:
Physical Activity
Dental Health
Mental Health
Canada’s Food Guide
Reading Food Labels
Diabetes Prevention

Free access:
http://olip-plio.ca/knowledge-base/toolkit/

This site is an online picture dictionary with images, audio and text and activities.

Topics: the body, food, the house, numbers, etc.

Free access:
http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/

A site developed by the Centre for Education and Work, it includes four modules with audio stories and activities to help newcomers in the following areas:

  • Know the expectations at work
  • Show their skills and abilities by taking initiative
  • Find mentors and supports to help them
  • Work well with others

The modules can be used as self-directed learning.

Free access:
http://www.learntheworkplace.ca/en/

CBC Calgary and Edmonton provide weekly newscasts and monthly stories at CLB 4+. Comprehensive lesson plans can be completed as a class or for independent study. Newscasts contain 3 stories with audio and video files, pre-listening activities, vocabulary preparation, listening and discussion tasks, plus links to Quizlet for additional vocabulary practice. Transcripts and answer keys are included.

Monthly stories (CLB 5+) contain 20 to 40-page lesson plans with activities for each language skill, plus vocabulary building, grammar activities, Quizlet practice, transcripts and answer keys.

The news and monthly stories may be specific to a city or province; however, topics are generally interesting to a wider audience.

Free access:

CBC Calgary: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/learning-english

CBC Edmonton: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/learning-english

This is an excellent step-by-step manual for delivering literacy classes. Topics include:

  • Program considerations
  • Classroom strategies
  • ESL Literacy levels (4)
  • Materials
  • Teaching ideas
  • Literature review of ESL Literacy
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Webliography (30% links no longer available)

With the influx of Syrian refugees, many assessed as CLB 0-to-1 or literacy, there is a strong need for program administrators and instructors to have professional development opportunities available to meet these needs. There have not been large numbers of literacy classes available for learners or instructors comfortable with the skill set required.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/tools/learning-life-esl-literacy-handbook

Free access:

Canada Revenue Agency Tax System Videos for Newcomers:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/vdgllry/ndvdls/menu-eng.html

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Government of Canada:
http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

The Canadian Consumer Handbook provides information on identity theft, credit reporting and consumer complaints:
http://www.consumerhandbook.ca/en/

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an interactive site for exploring the Virtual Charter in 20 languages:
http://charterofrights.ca/en/27_00_01

Consumer Protection Ontario:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/consumer-protection-ontario

Get Cyber Safe, Government of Canada, provides information on how to keep safe online:
https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Province of Ontario, provides information in 10 languages:
http://www.hrlsc.on.ca/en/welcome

Legal Aid Ontario: 1-800-668-8258

Legal Line provides easy to understand explanations on many federal and provincial laws, on many topics, and in 65 languages:
http://www.legalline.ca/answers/

The Tenant Survival Manual is produced by the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations and is available in 13 languages:
https://www.torontotenants.org/resources/tenant-survival-manual

Voting in Canada, Elections Canada, provides civic education classroom resources developed for elementary and secondary students:
http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=yth/tea&document=index&lang=e

LINC Literacy Employment Resource, 2000 – A Support Document for the LINC Literacy Component is intended for use with ESL Literacy learners who have little or no formal education in their first language or may be struggling with a different writing system.

Free access:
http://wiki.settlementatwork.org/index.php?title=LINC_Literacy_Employment_Resource,_2000_-_A_Support_Document_for_the_LINC_Literacy_Component

Below is a sampling of recommended websites with a focus on building listening skills.

CBC Podcasts are available from a variety of CBC radio programs, including documentaries, current affairs, science and comedy shows. Suitable for higher-level learners, can be used independently or with a class.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/

Learning Resources is a U.S.-based website aimed at adult literacy learners and instructors, with interactive news stories presented in modules. Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive comprehension activities. Learners can read the text, listen, and view a short video clip of the story. Modules can be used for independent study or incorporated into lessons. Stories are not levelled but would be suitable for intermediate and high-level ESL learners.

www.literacynet.org/cnnsf  

National Public Radio is an American website that contains news, podcasts, programs and blogs.

www.npr.org

NPREd is the education website of National Public Radio that features issues for personal interest and for educators’ professional development.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/

Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab is a popular resource for classroom use or independent practice, with listening quizzes divided into three skill levels. Each exercise has pre-listening, scored listening and post-listening activities, with videos. There are also academic listening exercises, basic level and Essential Skills.

www.esl-lab.com

Sounds of English offers lessons that help learners improve their pronunciation. The website content is clear and accessible and focuses on vowels, consonants, stress and intonation, with activities, sounds and video examples.

www.soundsofenglish.org

Created by Bow Valley College of Calgary, the podcasts are on a variety of topics including health, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, housing, consumer matters and money. Short podcasts with transcripts and activities. Does not reference CLB. Three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Free access:
http://esl.bowvalleycollege.ca/listen/mp3/

This tool allows individuals to use personal information and a drop-down menu to create an individualized settlement plan, using headings such as first weeks, first months, immigration services, culture, laws and rights, working, housing, language, health and citizenship. Each topic has links to resources. Users can print out their personal settlement plan to track their progress.

Free access:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/lctvac/english/index

Making It Clear presents concise guidelines for teaching pronunciation to CLB levels. (No activities provided.) It contains a list of recommended resources.

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/sites/default/files/Making%20It%20Clear.pdf

Measure Up allows individuals to practice the three Essential Skills of reading text, document use and numeracy. The Choices of Activities include testing and practicing skills, exploring careers and workbooks that are specific to the construction, tourism and trucking sectors. Free to download. The explore careers section is aligned with both Essential Skills and National Occupational Codes. Related Resources is no longer live.

Free access:
http://www.skillplan.ca/measure-up

This is a core document that clearly guides the placement of learners in classes. It is intended for language assessors, instructors and coordinators. The guidelines are clearly articulated and transparent. The guidelines are mandatory for all CIC-funded programs.

Free access:

http://www.language.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/National_Placement_Guidelines_2014-1.pdf

This site has been developed by Norquest College in Alberta. It includes videos, activities and guides that can help prepare professional immigrants for interviews.

Free access:
https://www.norquest.ca/norquest-centres/centre-for-intercultural-education/projects/completed-projects/navigating-the-interview.aspx#deliverables_1

A series of videos aimed at newcomers to provide information about the tax system, filing returns, rights and responsibilities, benefits and deductions. Optional subtitles are provided for learners to read as they watch.

Free access:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/vdgllry/ndvdls/srs-nwcmrs-eng.html

OLAs were developed for the tourism sector through the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. They align a benchmark with an Essential Skills Profile and National Occupational Standard.

OLAs include:

  • Bartender
  • Event coordinator
  • Food service counter attendant
  • Food beverage server
  • Counsellor

Free access:
http://www.itsessential.ca/itsessential/display_page.asp?page_id=353

Here are a few of the many online dictionaries suitable for instructors and higher level learners. The Oxford and Cambridge websites provide blogs for instructors. The Merriam-Webster site contains quizzes and learner activities.

Advanced learners may enjoy using Oxford Advanced American Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online and Visuwords, which is a “graphical dictionary.” In other words, it is both a dictionary and a thesaurus, employing a visually appealing neural net (word web) to demonstrate meanings, word associations and concepts.

Free access:
Longman: http://www.ldoceonline.com/
Merriam-Webster: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/
Oxford: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/
Oxford Advanced: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/american_english/
Cambridge: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/learner-english/
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
Visuwords Graphical Dictionary: http://www.visuwords.com/

The Online Learner CLB Assessment is a tool that provides learners with a means to gauge their language proficiency by assessing reading and listening skills and assigning an unofficial CLB level. Speaking and writing are not assessed. The tool creates an approximate benchmark range following the assessment. The results are intended for personal information only. Teachers may find this tool useful as a classroom activity or an individual activity for a learner who is anxious to determine her/his progress in reading and listening. There is no cost for the assessment.

Free access:
http://www.clb-osa.ca/

Below are links to several English-language online radio stations. Listed first are news and talk radio sites for general audiences.

English Club: https://www.englishclub.com/listening/radio.htm

CBC Radio: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/

BBC World Service: http://bbcworldservice.radio.net/

New York Times: http://nyttalk.radio.net/

Washington Post: http://fromthepageswp.radio.net/

NPR (National Public Radio): http://npr.radio.net/

VOA (Voice of America): http://voalatestnewscast.radio.net/

Euronews: http://euronewsenglish.radio.net/

Online stations for English learners:

BBC Learning English is specifically for ESL learners, and provides several subsections: English for University, English for Work, 6 Minute English, The English We Speak, Drama, Pronunciation, Words in the News and News Report:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/news-report

VOA: has stories written in three levels, English in a minute videos, and short video lessons on pragmatics: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/

Instructor-recommended websites that focus on building reading skills:

$$$ AceReader: Designed for mainstream learners but is also successfully used by English-language learners. More than 1,000 reading comprehension tests that are themed and levelled. Each time a test is taken, learners’ speed and comprehension scores are logged. Learners can monitor their own progress, and instructors can track their results. https://www.acereader.com/education

Breaking News English (British): The lessons are based on world current events, produced twice weekly, with levels ranging from 0–7. The 0 level corresponds to CEFR2 (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, high basic level). The lessons include a downloadable PDF, a two-page mini lesson and podcasts delivered in British or American accents. The online activities provide a variety of skills practice: reading at different speeds, grammar activities and vocabulary flashcards, gap fill and matching games.

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

English Zone Reading (American): This site offers basic reading activities with text in three levels: easy, intermediate and advanced. Topics range from animals, to clothing labels, map reading and health problems. Each reading comes with a quiz with a drop-down menu. The website also contains activities for grammar, idioms, verbs and spelling, plus teacher resources. http://www.english-zone.com/reading/

Recommended writing websites focusing on building writing skills:

Storybird: A beautiful writing platform that provides a bank of artwork to use as a prompt for creative writing. For writers of all ages, it can be used with all levels of learners. It provides a creative gateway to introduce lower level and literacy learners to reading and writing, to create their own stories and poetry.

https://storybird.com/

$$$ Paragraph Punch: This is a mainstream resource that is suitable for intermediate to advanced English learners. There are five levels of instruction to improve paragraph writing. Individual or institution subscriptions. https://www.meritsoftware.com/software/paragraph_punch_online/index.php

The text is written at an advanced level. The document contains seven chapters that cover what’s needed for arrival in Ontario, Canada’s history, geography and levels of government, plus healthcare and education systems, and programs and services for newcomers. There are brief review questions at the end of the chapters, and spaces for personal notes and to-do lists.

Free access:
http://settlement.org/downloads/ontario_day_to_day/English_Anglais/OD2D_Workbook_(En).pdf

The Ontario Skills Passport allows teachers and learners to plan for future employment by offering occupational profiles, information on Essential Skills and goal setting.

Free access:
http://www.skills.edu.gov.on.ca/OSP2Web/EDU/Welcome.xhtml

Developed by Kingston Literacy and Skills, this manual includes 12 interactive training videos that demonstrate the skills and language required in the small business workplace.

Free access:
http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/paving_the_way/paving_the_way.pdf

This website has four sections explaining the theory behind PBLA and its implementation. Part A provides a rationale, benefits and FAQ. Part B gives classroom planning information and portfolio details. Part C contains administration and implementation information. Part D is called “Emerging Topics.”

Free access:
http://pblaepg.language.ca/toc/

This 66-page workbook is intended for internationally trained individuals who have arrived in Canada or are considering moving to the country. It is designed to help with research before or upon arrival. The chapters provide concise information, and lots of space for note taking with headings and guiding questions to assist the newcomer.

There are five sections, written at an intermediate level, that cover the following topics:

  1. Living in Canada: links to provincial and territorial governments and immigrant-serving organizations, housing, finding a school, important documents and money.
  2. Improving your English or French: government-funded classes.
  3. Finding a job: information on regulated and non-regulated professions, skills and training information, starting one’s own business.
  4. Work-related documents: gathering, sending, translating papers.
  5. Educational and academic credentials: educational upgrading or completing a training program.

Free access: www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/workbook-national.pdf

Specialized training for experienced practitioners to enhance knowledge and skills in high-priority content areas.

More information at:
http://www.teslontario.net/PTCT-courses

Direct links to courses

ACE Certificate in Advanced Grammar: PTCT Course

http://www.teslontario.org/ptct-advanced-grammar

Advanced Pedagogical Grammar Preparation: PTCT Course

Classroom-based Planning and Assessment Incorporating the CLB: PTCT Course

Developing e-Materials for Language Training – LearnIT2teach Stage 4: PTCT Course

Developing Materials for the Language Classroom: PTCT Course

How to Teach Pronunciation to ESL Students: PTCT Course, Seneca College

Language Teaching and Technology Pt 1: PTCT Course

This is the first of a three-part series of courses designed to improve participants’ knowledge of technology and ability to use technology in the second language classroom. Participants will read and reflect on issues of technology use in the classroom. They will also be introduced to a variety of technology tools in a hands-on environment, and will complete reflective journal tasks for assessment.

Online delivery: 12 weeks/35 hours

$540

Start dates and registration:  http://llinstitute.com/applications/ptct-courses

Language Teaching and Technology Pt 2: PTCT Course

Participants must have successfully completed Part 1. The course asks participants to evaluate research on effectiveness of technology in education. They will engage in hands-on practice using new technology tools, including quiz and game tools and mobile devices. Participants will be asked to apply their knowledge to language systems and language skills.

Prerequisite: successful completion of Part 1Online delivery: 12 weeks/35 hours

$540

Start dates and registration:  http://llinstitute.com/applications/ptct-courses

Language Teaching and Technology Pt 3: PTCT Course

Part 3 prepares participants to teach in a fully online language setting. The course is taught with 8 practice teaching modules, which cover learner motivation, collaboration, feedback and assessment. Participants are asked to prepare a lesson plan, self-reflection report and student feedback. At the end of this course, participants will be able to confidently plan and deliver an online curriculum incorporating technology and effective teaching techniques.

Prerequisite: successful completion of Part 2

Online delivery: 12 weeks/30 hours

$475

Start dates and registration:  http://llinstitute.com/applications/ptct-courses

Online/Blended Language Training Using Moodle (LearnIT2teach Stage 3): PTCT Course, New Media Language

Teaching English for Academic Purposes: PTCT Course, (ACE) Advance Consulting for Education

Participants learn how to prepare English learners for post-secondary studies. Through 13 modules, participants will learn to teach academic language skills, critical thinking, essay writing, academic research and citation, finding and evaluating materials and resources and academic honesty.

Participants will be assessed on the completion of Task Journal assignments, which include discussion and short answer questions, plus curriculum design tasks.

The course is offered through a partnership with the London Language Institute.

Admission is restricted to qualified, currently practicing ESL teachers.

Online delivery: 12 weeks/26 hours

$410

Teaching Listening and Speaking with Technology : PTCT Course, Algonquin College

This is a survey course to introduce participants to Internet tools and applications to assist with learners’ development of listening and speaking skills.

Participants will learn to use tandem learning, multimodal web-conferencing environments such as Blackboard Collaborate and 3D Virtual Worlds in a hands-on setting. Participants will be engaged in hands-on exploration of online tools and in online material development.

Course duration: 32 hours = 24 in-class/online synchronous hours, and 8 online asynchronous hours

Must be TESL Ontario certified.

Blended delivery with option for in class: 8 weeks/32 hours

Location: Ottawa, ON

$400

http://www.algonquincollege.com/languages/teach-a-second-language/post-tesl/

Teaching Occupation Specific Language: PTCT Course, (ACE) Advance Consulting for Education

Teaching Pronunciation: PTCT Course, Canadian College of Educators

This pronunciation course is for TESL Ontario accredited instructors. The course will cover several topics, including linguistic systems, phonetic alphabets, vowels and consonants, rhythm, intonation and linking. The course will also cover unique features of Canadian accents, pronunciation problems common to particular language groups, planning with CLB documents and integrating pronunciation with other language skills.

Assessments include quizzes, reflective journal entries and a lesson planning assignment.

Participants may start at any time but must complete the course within a 6-month timeframe.

Blended delivery: 20 hours online, 5 hours in class. Skype option for participants 100 km from Mississauga.

Self-paced – completion in 6 months

$350

http://canadiancollegeofeducators.ca/?page_id=113

Teaching Standardized Test Preparation: PTCT Course, (ACE) Advance Consulting for Education

Teaching TOEFL Preparation: PTCT Course, Canadian College of Educators

The Owl Purdue Writing Lab offers resources targeting high level English and mainstream learners in academic settings. Topics include teaching writing and writing academic papers, how to do research, grammar and mechanics of writing. The academic writing pages also contain style guides for APA and MLA with clear explanations and examples. The ESL pages focus on grammar issues, plus helpful, detailed information on plagiarism with a focus on ESL learners.

Instructors can use OWL’s PowerPoint slides and OWL’s Vidcasts: short narrated slideshows that are from 2 to 6 minutes in length, and focus on writing issues, including writing for an academic setting, writing for an audience and using style guides.

Free access:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Quartz is an interactive online tool that offers a guided process for designing ESL courses based on learner needs and the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Quartz provides a set of tools and resources for course, unit, lesson plan and assessment creation. (Note: Instructors cannot upload existing units or lesson plans.)

Samples of Unit Names are found by clicking the blue Samples Tab on the right, providing three choices: Community, Work and Study and CLB Levels 1–8.

After selecting a Unit Name, choose a Unit Theme: three tabs are provided: Community, Work and Study. Sample themes can be viewed for each tab and CLB level.

Work has two themes: customer service (no themes offered for CLB1–4) and employment.

Note: Only those with a schoolboard email can access this site.

Restricted access:
https://quartzon.ca

A popular platform among instructors, Quizlet can be used to create classroom games, learning interactions and content reviews. It can also be used individually as a study aid by students.

Free access:
https://quizlet.com/teachers

This resource explains the relationship between Essential Skills and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (caveat: CLB 2000 was used). This is an excellent resource for developing tasks based on real-world employment examples. You will need to "Add to Cart" in order to download. The PDF will be emailed to you.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/product/relating-clb-to-essential-skills-a-comparative-framework-pdf-e/

This curriculum has been developed by the Prince Edward Learning Centre and Literacy Link Eastern Ontario. It is ideal for learners planning to work in retail, such as in a grocery or clothing store. The 7-module course covers the Essential Skills, including language, needed in retail occupations.

Free access:
http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/lleo/retail/retail_learner/retail_learner.pdf

This is multilevel curriculum for CLB 2–4 multilevel classes was developed by NorQuest College for rural Alberta learners. The document can be adaptable to other contexts and used with higher-level learners.

There are eight units: Getting to Know You, Community, Education, Personal Finance, Health and Wellness, Recreation, Safety and Shopping. Each unit contains five modules with teaching notes, suggested activities and instructional resources.

Free access:
https://www.norquest.ca/NorquestCollege/media/pdf/centres/intercultural/Roots-Connections/NorQuest_Curriculum_Units-1-4.pdf

Produced by NorQuest College for small, multilevel settings with CLB 2-4 learners. This resource can be used in other settings. Detailed lesson plans for CLB 2 and 4. Financial literacy in two units, covering money, spending and banking.

Free access:
http://www.englishandliteracy.ca/asset_library/page/rsbj/Rurallinc_CLB_2_4.pdf

This is a self-care resource for teachers. It has clearly illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions to help alleviate stress. Developed by ArtReach Toronto.

Free access:
http://ywcacanada.ca/data/research_docs/00000346.pdf

The Settlement.org website provides information to newly arrived immigrants and refugees in Ontario. It lists common questions and answers with relevant links. The main headings are “First Days” and “Services Near Me.” Information is presented in Q & A format at an intermediate level of English. Topics covered include immigration and citizenship, housing, health, education, legal services, community and daily life. Information includes getting a driver’s licence, finding a doctor and dentist, the Canada Child Benefit, Employment Standards information, a guide to elementary and secondary schools.

The website information has been translated into 40 languages, plus there is a forum where users can have their specific questions answered. There is also a sidebar listing events by date.

Free access:
www.settlement.org

SettlementAtWork is described as a knowledge hub for the settlement sector in the province. It contains an online listing of employment opportunities for those working with newcomers. There is also a wiki to share information and resources, a sector events page and RFPs (Requests for Proposals) for new projects in the settlement sector.

Free access:
http://settlementatwork.org/

This is a digital app that makes use of learners' cell phones (or other devices) for formative assessment through quizzes, multiple choice, T/F, polls, a "space game" and out-of-the-door “exit ticket” reviews. Games can be played individually or in teams. The app shows results in real time, charting answers of individual student results for each question, as well as a detailed chart of learner results for further review. Instructors can create rooms/groups students and classes for up to 150 students.

Free access:
https://www.socrative.com/

The Step Forward Canada textbook series is aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks; the first text is CLB 1–2, and the second is CLB 3–5. The books do not specifically reference PBLA (there are no assessments or rubrics), however the texts can serve as a foundation for a PBLA program. A comprehensive chart at the beginning of each book breaks down the activities in each unit according to CLB level and competency areas, a feature that facilitates the planning of PBLA modules.

There are 12 themed units in each text, which build on the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and integrate language instruction into real-life contexts. Each unit contains five lessons and a review section. The lessons cover vocabulary, life stories, grammar, everyday conversation and real-life reading. In addition, employability skills, critical thinking and math concepts are covered. Audio CDs contain authentic listening activities integrated with CLB listening benchmarks. The texts are designed for use in single-level or multilevel classrooms. The higher-level text focuses mainly on CLBs 3–4 with a limited number of CLB 5 activities; some instructors may find it suitable for a CLB 2–3 classroom.

ISBN -13  9780195426311

Publisher: Oxford University Press
http://oupcanada.com/

This is an instructor guide/ workbook for 18 occupations. Some information is dated but stories and vocabulary may be relevant.

Free access:
http://settlement.org/steps/manuals.html

(ACE) Advance Consulting for Education

Through 13 modules, participants will learn to teach academic language skills, critical thinking, essay writing, academic research and citation, finding and evaluating materials and resources and academic honesty. Participants will be assessed on the completion of Task Journal assignments, which include discussion and short answer questions, plus curriculum design tasks.

For details:
http://www.aceducation.ca/courses-and-services/ace-certificate-in-teaching-english-for-academic-purposes.html

This site provides scripts and audio files concerning a number of pragmatic patterns. Instructor Resources can be found under “EAL Instructors.” Audio files and scripts are available for requests, apologies, complaints, compliments and feedback.

Free access:
https://www.norquest.ca/professional-development/norquest-centres/centre-for-intercultural-education/projects/completed-projects/pragmatic-patterns-for-business-professional-language-competencies.aspx

This pronunciation course is for TESL Ontario accredited instructors. The course will cover several topics, including linguistic systems, phonetic alphabets, vowels and consonants, rhythm, intonation and linking. The course will also cover unique features of Canadian accents, pronunciation problems common to particular language groups, planning with CLB documents and integrating pronunciation with other language skills.

Assessments include quizzes, reflective journal entries and a lesson planning assignment.

Participants may start at any time but must complete the course within a 6-month timeframe.

Blended delivery: 20 hours online, 5 hours in class. Skype option for participants 100 km from Mississauga.

Self-paced – completion in 6 months

$350

All PCTC courses are listed under Post TESL Certificate Training.

For more information:
http://canadiancollegeofeducators.ca/?page_id=113

This website contains a range of resources to aid in delivering instruction to children and adults who have had their formal education interrupted. Includes teaching resources and essential learning indicators for language, literacy and numeracy.

Free access:
http://teachingrefugees.com/

Resources for more intensive intervention:

(ACE) Advance Consulting for Education

This course is presented in 16 modules, providing instructors with the tools and knowledge to prepare learners to be successful on standardized English language proficiency examinations, including TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge Exams, the Pearson Test of English, as well as some of the smaller standardized tests such as CAEL and CanTest.

Participants must successfully complete 13 Task Journals, which include sample test questions, creating lesson plans, conducting comparisons and writing reflective entries.

For details:
http://www.aceducation.ca/courses-and-services/ace-certificate-in-teaching-standardized-test-preparation.html

Canadian College of Educators

This course is delivered in four modules: introduction to the TOEFL and other standardized language tests, teaching language skills and supporting skills, developing lessons for teaching TOEFL preparation. Assessments include quizzes, a lesson plan assignment and writing reflective journal entries.

For details:
http://canadiancollegeofeducators.ca/post-tesl-certificate-courses/

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TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) posts engaging talks on scientific, academic and cultural issues to its website. Speakers from around the world deliver talks in a lecture-style format.  New lectures are posted on a weekly basis. The lectures range from 5 to 18 minutes and longer,  and have transcripts and subtitles available in more than 100 languages. Learners can use the talks for independent study. Instructors can use the search feature to find talks on appropriate themes, and build lessons around talks to target specific language skills and academic skills, such as note taking.

Free access:
https://www.ted.com/talks

See also:

TEDEd: Instructors can open an account and develop their own lesson plans or access lessons developed by other teachers.

Free access:
http://ed.ted.com/

TELLON is a shell that will accommodate every innovation in ESL/FEL – e.g., Quartz, assessment in development. It will allow practitioners to create a course and track learners’ use of e-portfolios. A big feature will be the ability to share. Activities for learners will include language lessons, skill building and assessment. Everything added to the shell is related to CLB and Keystone principles.

Launch TBA

This resource informs practitioners, administrators and assessors of the priorities in each level of government. Managers and administrators would find it useful in short- and long-term planning.

This event occurs at the yearly provincial TESL conference and is open to managers and administrators.

Free access:
http://www.teslontario.net/publication/annual-panel

This is the professional journal of TESL Ontario. It is an online magazine published three times a year. Articles are current, engaging and personal. Topics cover a broad range of subjects, including academic research.

Free access:

http://contact.teslontario.org/

In order to view TESL Ontario Webinars you need to be a TESL member and a member of a TESL group on Tutela. There are a wide variety of webinars available, both current and archived. Webinars count as TESL professional development. Must register with Tutela then search webinars.

Webinars can be accessed at:
http://www.tutela.ca/

Select TESL Ontario in “Groups” to access webinars past and present.

Developed by Immigrate Manitoba, this English as an Additional Language curriculum provides water safety lessons for Literacy-CLB Stage 1 learners.

Topics: swimming pools, beaches, boating

Free access:
http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/alt/water-safety-resource.pdf

These 10 modules have been developed by New Media Language Training and cover topics such as human rights, the police, the courts, landlord and tenant issues and immigration. The site uses animated stories, text and activities. The site requires Adobe Flash downloads.

Free access:
http://www.newlanguage.ca/security-rights/justicesplash2.html

This document reports on research conducted with LINC students at Bow Valley and NorQuest Colleges in Alberta, exploring the effectiveness of LINC programs in meeting learners’ language needs as well as settlement and integration needs. Click to download Summary or Complete Report

Free access:
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/research-development/projects-development/understanding-linc-learners%E2%80%99-experiences-college-settings

by Barbara Law and Mary L. Eckes

The 2010 edition of this Canadian ESL classic has updated research, plus teaching methods for developing language skills, with learner samples and illustrations. Chapters cover first days, placement and assessment and teaching content areas. Also contains anecdotes, case studies and lots of practical advice.

ISBN-10: 1553792521

ISBN-13: 978-1553792529

Publisher: Portage and Main Press

An award-winning British Columbia resource, The Westcoast Reader is designed for beginning adult readers, both ESL and English literacy learners. National and local news stories are adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers, in addition to articles on health, safety, law and daily life. The paper is printed on a monthly basis for 10 months of the year, and provides a good orientation to Canadian culture and everyday life.

There are links to videos, photos and maps in the online paper. Each front page article has an audio file, allowing learners to read and listen to the story simultaneously. Teacher notes contain instructional strategies and answer keys.

The articles are not referenced to the CLBs. They are written with three levels of difficulty, suitable for CLB Stage 1 learners and higher level ESL Literacy learners.

The following groups can receive The Westcoast Reader free:

  • Community Adult Literacy Programs (CALP)
  • ESL, EAL and ABE programs provided by public post-secondary institutions
  • Literacy Outreach Coordinators (LOC)
  • Public libraries

$$$ All other groups pay a small fee to receive this valuable learning resource.

Free access:
http://www.thewestcoastreader.com/

There is a large collection on Tutela relating to literacy. While the full collection has not been reviewed, it is an excellent starting point for developing literacy curriculum and assessment.

Topics:

  • Literacy Tools and Templates
  • Listening Assessments
  • Speaking Assessments
  • Reading Assessments
  • Writing Assessments
  • Literacy Goal Setting
  • Module and Lesson Planning
  • Literacy Webinars

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register before accessing information. Search Tutela Collections.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

There are two large collections on Tutela relating to employment. While not all have been reviewed, it is an excellent starting point for developing workplace/workforce curriculum.

  1. Employment Curriculum:  https://tutela.ca/Collection_23453
    1. Essential Skills
    2. General Employment Curriculum
    3. Sector Specific Curriculum
  1. Employment Teaching Resources: https://tutela.ca/Collection_23453
    1. Assessment Tools
    2. Module Planning
    3. Teaching Resources
    4. CLEO Employment Rights Lesson Plans
    5. Lesson Plans for NOC Classifications
    6. Language for Work Series Lesson Plans

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela Collections.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

There are a number of excellent resources that can be accessed through this collection.

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela Collections.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

There are a number of excellent resources that can be accessed through this collection. For CLB 5–8, see units containing audio, video and text activities, from LISTN (formerly ELSA Net), themes cover Indigenous art, education, identity, governance and residential schools.

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela Collections.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

There is a collection on Tutela that focuses on mental health. While the full collection has not been reviewed, they may provide a starting point for developing curriculum.

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela Collections.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

There are eight collections on Tutela relating to PBLA. While not all have been reviewed, it is an excellent starting point for developing CLB levels one to eight rubrics.

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela Collections.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

There is a section on Tutela under Resources that focuses on teaching resources. The resources can be explored by theme or level. While the full collection has not been reviewed, they may provide a starting point for developing curriculum.

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela  under Resources.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

There are currently 100 webinars (some repeats) available for access on this site. The topics are varied and cover many aspects, including literacy, classroom management and PBLA.

Online, free for members. And membership is free. When completed, many posts are kept in the archives. Some webinars are located within a membership group and one needs to be a member to join or view. Most webinars can be used for TESL Ontario professional development requirements.

Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela Webinars.

Register at:
https://tutela.ca/

TV411 is an American online learning resource for adult literacy learners, but the resources are also relevant for ESL learners (low intermediate and above). There are videos, downloadable worksheets and interactive lessons to build reading, writing, vocabulary and finance skills, as well as math and science. Reading lessons focus on practice in summarizing, restating, reading charts and graphs. Writing lessons include creative and personal writing, workplace and business writing. Grammar, vocabulary and personal finance lessons are also available.

Free access:
http://www.tv411.org/about-us

ABC Life Literacy Canada, with Canadian Business Partners, promotes  literacy in health, workplace, family, finance, digital, civic and life. Its workplace siwith Canadian business partnerste, Up Skills, promotes Employability Skills (similar to Essential Skills). Workbooks are available to download.

Free access:
http://upskillsforwork.ca/

This access is restricted. Available online through an approved log in. Any changes show in the news box when the site is open.

For details:
http://www.amssa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/iCARE-Course-Catalogue-2016-17-English-Courses.pdf

This website contains 24 games designed to build vocabulary through games that focus on reading, phonics and spelling. The games include practice with homophones, compound words, suffixes, syllables, idioms, contractions and parts of speech. There is also a typing practice game. Many activities have three levels (easy, medium and hard), and there are optional timing and sound features. The games can be used on a classroom smart board or for independent study.

Free access:
http://www.vocabulary.co.il/

Vocaroo is a simple voice-recording app that can be used in a computer lab or by individual students. It can be used for pronunciation practice. Messages can be played on a variety of devices, but recording is not currently available on smartphones or other devices. Recorded messages are not permanent. The site requires Adobe Flash download.

Free access:
http://vocaroo.com/

VoiceThread is a cloud-based application — no software installation required — which enables users to collaborate and share documents, add images, videos and sound in a shared space. It allows instructors to post a series of photos (or other media) and ask learners to respond and share answers. Users can use voice, text or video comments.

Instructors and learners can use VoiceThread to share documents, projects, presentations, videos and images. The audience can then comment on the VoiceThread slides using one of five options: microphone, webcam, text, phone and audio-file upload. Users also have the option of keeping VoiceThread private, sharing it with a group or making it available to other VoiceThread users worldwide.

Free access:
https://voicethread.com/

This 146-page guide provides detailed information for refugees and immigrants. It may be valuable as an instructor resource or as a class reference – text is written at a high level, which may be challenging for Stage 1 learners. Although it is not the official citizenship preparation guide, the document refers readers to the Discover Canada document. It contains attractive photos, charts and sidebar stories of newcomers’ achievements in Canada.

The 15 chapters include:

  1. A brief overview (Canadian history and geography)
  2. Rights and freedoms
  3. Canadian law and justice
  4. Employment and income
  5. Education
  6. Housing
  7. Healthcare in Canada
  8. Money and finances
  9. Transportation
  10. Communications and media
  11. Community connections

Also provides some practical information on such things as etiquette on public transportation, bundling of Internet services and protecting personal identification.

Free access:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/welcome.pdf

This is a for-fun e-book of the differences between Canada and the United States. The e-book is available as a free download.

Free access:
http://www.whatsdifferentincanada.com/

WordWeb is a free dictionary and thesaurus for Windows. Language options include American, British, Canadian, Australian, Indian and global English. Allows users to look up words in almost any Windows program.

Free access:
http://wordweb.info/free

This resource offers two sections that instructors might find useful: Mature Workers and Non-Regulated Skilled and Semi-Skilled Occupations.

Free access:
http://www.language.ca/index.cfm?Voir=media&Id=16873&Repertoire_No=2137991327

The site includes searchable databases:

  • Occupations
  • Fields of study
  • Outlook
  • Wages

The point of view is Essential Skills. There is an online assessment of individual skills and knowledge, descriptions of the nine essential skills and access to a Canadian national job bank.

Free access:
https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/report_skillknowledge-eng.do?action=search_form#es_skills_search

The Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) has a number of workforce/workplace specific resources. This handbook can act as a stand-alone training program in an ESL employment class.

The general site contains a variety of additional documents supporting organizational development, workplace safety, leadership and so on.

Free access to the general site:
http://www.awes.ca/services/tools-and-publications/

Free access to the handbook:
http://www.awes.ca/site/assets/files/1088/working_in_the_canadian_workplace_handbook.pdf

The Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) has a number of workforce/workplace specific resources. This workbook can act as a stand-alone training program in an ESL employment class.

Free access to the workbook:
http://www.awes.ca/site/assets/files/1088/working_in_the_canadian_workplace_workbook.pdf

When learners have employment goals, these resources fill in the gap between the skills and activities needed to write a resume and successfully interview and the competencies and skills needed to keep a job in Canada. Topics include a broad range of areas that instructors may need some support in teaching:

  • Workplace culture
  • Business talk
  • Telephone tips
  • Getting along with others
  • Business etiquette
  • Office politics
  • Networking
  • Meetings

The text communicates core information and the workbook supports that learning. Each unit is organized in the same pattern and there is an answer key in the back.

Available to purchase:

Book $45.50
Workbook $23.50
ISBN-13: 9780195432183
Publisher: Oxford University Press
http://oupcanada.com/

YouTube is an online video sharing service. Content includes video clips, TV shows, music videos, movie scenes, documentaries and video blogs. Users may also upload their own videos.

Recommended ESL channels:

ISSofBC (Canadian): https://www.youtube.com/user/lSSofBC

BusyTeacher: http://busyteacher.org/24395-youtube-esl.html

English Club: https://www.englishclub.com/efl/tefl-articles/esl-channels-on-youtube/

BBC Learning English: https://www.youtube.com/user/bbclearningenglish

VOA: https://www.youtube.com/user/VOALearningEnglish

Anglo-Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/MinooAngloLink

Real English: https://www.youtube.com/user/realenglish1