Ontario’s Directory of Best Practice Resources for Language Training

The Framework is an open-source online tool, a 360°  View of Communicative Competence at Work. Designed by the Ontario Government the framework is a resource for foreign trained professionals to provide strategies, approaches, and areas for language development that support intercultural workplace communication.  The tool does not come with a teacher's guide or classroom activities, but it can serve as a starting point for classroom conversations and independent study. The tool also includes a video and downloadable pdf.

  Free access:

https://360communication.ca/​

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This 6-minute animated video was created by the Canadian government (IRCC) to provide refugees with an overview of what to expect during the settlement process.

Suitable for CLB 4+,  the video does not delve into serious issues; it  focuses on supports and services that are available to assist with  resettlement concerns. In addition to English, the video has been translated into several other languages.

Free access:

English: https://youtu.be/u6ng9lTwIGQ

French: https://youtu.be/UVDuL7IMntM

Arabic: https://youtu.be/HNQv_YiblSg

Farsi: https://youtu.be/7vVi2p5nDNI

Swahili: https://youtu.be/AA2403hnwek

Somali: https://youtu.be/gj8GE1bf8Rc

Tigrinya: https://youtu.be/HYF8v1PSfbs

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ABC Health Matters has created several workbooks that can be used with adult English learners. The workbooks are designed to help individuals develop a better understanding of how to access health care, make decisions about their health, and how to advocate for family members.  Guided workshops are available in some locations. See website for more details.

Workbook topics cover tips for visiting your doctor, how to make a medical history card, your rights as a patient, health vocabulary, and more.

Free access.

https://abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/health-matters/

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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

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ABC Literacy has produced effective Internet Safety resources for mainstream audiences, which can be adapted to Stage 1 and Stage 2 classrooms. The resources are well written and illustrated.  The workbook addresses issues such as Internet shopping, banking and learning, as well as understanding and avoiding scams

Free access:

ABC_ InternetMatters_workbook

Secure websites:

ABC_ staying safe online

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ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen organizations that promote adult learning.

 

 

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This financial literacy resource was developed by ABC Literacy for differently abled individuals and can also be used with Stage 1 or 2 English leaners.  The images reflect individuals who may have physical or developmental challenges.  The workbook covers the following topics: online safety, phishing scams, identity theft, and financial abuse.

Free access:

ABC Money Safety workbook

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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

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The following are resources for students to have their professional licences, credentials, and degrees assessed to continue studies in Canada, and for employment and immigration purposes. These organizations are recognized credential assessment agencies:

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICASC): https://www.icascanada.ca/home.aspx

World Education Service Canada (WES): https://www.wes.org/ca/

Comparative Education Services (University of Toronto): https://learn.utoronto.ca/comparative-education-service 

And the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials has information on credential assessment, including alternatives for refugees who do not have access to documents:

https://www.cicic.ca

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ActiveTextbook is an online tool that helps transform texts and images into interactive, multimedia activities for learners.  You can begin by uploading a pdf, image or video and add a questionnaire, embed music or audio clips, a Youtube video, or other features. Free version available.

Free access:

https://activetextbook.com/features

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This group provides an opportunity for adult educators and learners to organize materials dedicated to supporting Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult English as a Second Language (Adult ESL) teaching and learning.
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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

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An “Implementation Guide for Instructors” is included with this curriculum.

At this time, the resources are not available for sale; however, Norquest College is sharing the curriculum framework, the Instructor Resource Guide for Unit 2: Shopping, and a sample conversation for the unit.

Order a Resource by E-mail:
mdc@norquest.ca 

or download at:

https://www.atesl.ca/resources/resource-library/alberta-linc-5-curriculum-linking-canadian-language-benchmarks-to-essential-skills-with-an-implementation-guide-for-instructors/

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ALL ESL is a website that provides teachers with materials that covers the basics of English language teaching. Available materials include:
Flashcards
Geography
Holidays
Ice Breakers
Life & Culture
Listening
Pronunciation
Speaking
Vocabulary
Writing
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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/-/media/files/guides-and-publications/alone-in-canada-en.pdf

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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 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/

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From British Columbia, AMSSA is an organization that supports settlement, language and diversity service providers.  This webpage provides a number of resources including Best of the Reader for literacy learners and the Royal BC Museums's instructional resource materials on residential schools.

Free access:

https://www.amssa.org/language/instructors/special-topics/indigenous-peoples/

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For academic students learning how to properly cite sources, the move to APA 7th edition may be confusing for some. Here are a few guides for citing journal articles, edited book chapters and books.

( Free access.)

Concise and easy to follow from APA:

https://apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/reference-guide.pdf 

Bow Valley College, Calgary:

https://bowvalleycollege.libguides.com/c.php?g=714519&p=5096465

Owl Purdue Changes in APA 7th:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/apa_changes_7th_edition.html

Aukland University of Technology's APA manuals, videos and other tools:

https://aut.ac.nz.libguides.com/APA7th

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Bow Valley College (Alberta) has developed a series of graded audiobooks for Literacy learners, with seven levels to meet the different stages of reading development.  Level A books present a single sentence per page and large images;  Level G books contain images and paragraphs with more complex language and concepts.   You will find two versions of each reader along with information on the complexity of the text, structure, and vocabulary. The Audio Book has a preview of the contents. The printable PDF has print settings beside each reader. There are a total of 40 audio books to choose from, with five to seven readers at each level.

Free access:

https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/esl-literacy-readers#section-1264

 

 

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Alberta Workforce Essential Skills has created a  series of publications to orient educators to working with newcomers including Essential Skills Assessment, Courses, Intercultural Intelligence, Workplace Safety, and a series of workplace videos.

Free access:

http://www.awes.ca/what-we-offer/tools-publications/

 

 

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This is an online course for newcomers hoping to find a job in food processing occupations.  The course provides instruction in job skills, job-specific language, vocabulary and pronunciation, Canadian workplace culture, workplace documents, and health and safety.   This is a joint-project of the Alberta government and Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES); it is open to all newcomers to Canada.

Free access:
 

 

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As part of the BBC World Service, BBC Learning English has been teaching English to global audiences since 1943, offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world. BBC Learning English provides multimedia English language teaching materials to meet learners' needs.
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From the BBC, this website has a video introduction to the symbols for writing the sounds of English, interactive exercises and quizzes, plus three radio broadcasts on pronunciation (with downloadable script).

Free access:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/

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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/

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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/

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There are numerous resources available to introduce students to anti-racism education and the Black Lives Matter movement.

NFB Black Communities in Canada includes several films and documentaries: https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/nfb_celebrates_black_history_month/

Courageous conversations from the Ontario Ministry of Education: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/leadership/pdfs/tipsheetconversation.pdf

BLM resources from Larry Ferlazzo's edublog: https://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/?s=black+lives+matter

Learning for Justice curriculum for all levels (American resource): https://www.learningforjustice.org

UBC list of anti-racism resources:  https://teach.educ.ubc.ca/anti-racism-resources/

 

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This British youtube channel is hosted by Halima, and is specifically geared toward  women.  Her focus is on learning efficiently through "word chunks, phrases, and collocations".  Halima's channel can be used in a virtual classroom  or for independent learning.

Free access:

https://www.youtube.com/c/BlackboardEnglish/videos

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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

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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

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This website contains helpful information for citing and referencing sources in academic writing, according to the APA Style, 7th Edition, the most recent edition.  The site includes information on how to format, properly cite and do references. You'll also find  How-to Resources and Frequently Asked Questions.

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

 

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Briding Two Worlds is a resource to address issues of trauma in learners. It was written for elementary and secondary educators but is insightful and informative for teachers of adult learners as well.  Bridging Two Worlds offers curriculum development and instructional ideas that address educational gaps as well as cultural and experiential differences that may interfere with learner progress. Particularly interesting: Signs of distress and ways to respond (pages 218- 220).

The book contains 3 sections. The first deals with issues that relate to school-based learning and teaching to provide educators with an awareness of how trauma and interrupted schooling may affect human development and learning. The second section focuses on educator competency and includes 30 sample lessons  for teacher training. The final section is devoted to student learning outcomes for life/work development for elementary and secondary grade levels, but teachers may find several lessons adaptable for adult settings.

Free access:

https://ceric.ca/resource/bridging-two-worlds-supporting-newcomer-refugee-youth/

 

The Premier League is the world's most watched football (soccer) league. The league has teamed up with the British Council to help teach English through football, "the beautiful game". This website contains podcasts, forums for "footie"  discussions, and  explanations of football vocabulary. There’s an extensive glossary of expressions, technical terms and clichés – an excellent  ‘football dictionary’ for learners. In addition, there are games, videos, podcasts, teacher notes, and information on clubs and players.

Free access: https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/games

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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Can Learn English is a Canadian content, "Canadian English" website hosted by a Canadian teacher named Dana (a TESOL trained and qualified teacher).  You'll find a YouTube channel with well-produced videos, a Facebook page, podcasts, free E-textbook, and also an Academy: Online courses with academic lessons referenced to the CLBs. Intended for intermediate/advanced learners: Choose from a variety of courses starting at $10.

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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.

“New to Canada? Learn about Taxes.” Video:
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/cra-multimedia-library/individuals-video-gallery/transcript-new-canada-learn-about-taxes.html

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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

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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

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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/

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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/

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Scroll down to find a free sample lesson plan (to download) for Multilevel (Literacy -CLB1) and  CLB 1 - 4. Each lesson contains a module with instructions and handouts.  There are downloadable exemplars for Reading and Writing for Foundation, CLB 1-4.

To obtain other resources you must order and lessons will be emailed to you.

 

Free access:

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

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Exemplars for Speaking and Listening (all levels) including CLB 5-12.

Free access:

https://www.language.ca/resourcesexpertise/for-language-teachers/

To find Stage 2 modules: scroll down the page  for  Essential skills plans. You will need to "Add to Cart" to download. The PDF will be emailed to you.

Free access:

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

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Scroll down to find free sample lesson plans for Stage 2. There are also several free sample lessons for Essential Skills (CLB 7+) as well as reading and writing exemplars.  For the downloadable lessons, you will need to "Add to Cart". The PDF lessons must be ordered and will  be emailed to you.

Free access:

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

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This website contains a seven book series of readers for Literacy Level (Phase 1 and 2) and can also be used with CLB 1 or 2 students. Each book can stand alone or be used as a series. The texts also provide learning activities.  Topics range from multicultural issues to  life skills. Free access:

Library collection:

http://library.copian.ca/series/changing-lanes-english-second-language-reading-serie

Book 1: Razia's Day at Home, by  Sanja Pecelj:  http://library.copian.ca/item/8451

Book 2: Farid Takes the Bus, by Sanja Pecelj: http://library.copian.ca/item/8452

Book 3: Amela Goes to the Dentist, By Sanja Pecelj: http://library.copian.ca/item/8453

Book 4: Daniela Goes to School, by Sanja Pecelj: http://library.copian.ca/item/8454

Book 5: Fatima Goes to the Bank, by Sanja Pecelj: http://library.copian.ca/item/8455

Book 6: Wahida is at the Supermarket, by Sanja Pecelj: http://library.copian.ca/item/8458

Book 7: From Liberia to Nova Scotia, by Sanja Pecelj: http://library.copian.ca/item/8459

NOTE: PBLA  assessment for From Liberia to Canada,  on Kelly Morrisey's JoyOfESL blog or here:

https://www.kellymorrissey.com/uploads/4/2/4/0/42405329/liberia_to_nova_scotia_assessment.pdf

 

 

 

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This Canadian-made curriculum  covers social justice issues.  The materials (developed for elementary students) and are also suitable for CLB 1-4 (Stage 1) learners. (Note: For Stage 2 lessons see: voicesintoaction.ca) Lessons are intended for anti-bullying programs, Black Lives Matter, Holocaust education,  human rights and social justice education. The 4 units contain a teacher's guide, student hand-outs and reading materials and supplemental resources.

The units cover:  Bursting stereotypes; Voices from the Past; Voices from the Present; Choose Your Voice.

Free access: https://www.chooseyourvoice.ca/learn/

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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/

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These are two  2013 documents produced by the federal government to provide an orientation to CLARS,  detailed background information and an explanation of the structure of the CLARS system.

Free access:

CLARS orientation-workshop

CLARS Update May 2013 FINAL

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Designed by Bow Valley College in Alberta, this document provides teachers with comprehensive, ready-made assessments and rubrics for learners  CLB 4 - 7.  The assessments may be used "as-is" or adapted for classroom use. There are 4 types of documents provided: Instructor administered assessments; learner reflections; self assessments; and templates. The documents are organized by CLB level, by skill (Listening, Reading< Speaking and Writing),  each contains a sample Real World Task, a holistic section and a checklist of indicators of ability.

Free access: CLB 4_7 assessmts_rubrics Bow valley

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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 (plus HST).

For more information:
https://www.language.ca/c5003-clb-5-10-exit-assessment-tasks-f2f

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This document contains a template or blueprint for designing a CLB 7 exit test for reading and writing.  It provides guidance for drawing up a test, performance indicators and suggested activities.  Some of the content is Alberta-based, but will be helpful to instructors as a starting point for test design.  The source of the document is the ATESL Resource Library and Alberta Initiatives Gallery.

Free access.

https://www.atesl.ca/resources/resource-library/clb-7-exit-test-template/

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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:
https://www.language.ca/product/sam-for-clb-1-4-f/

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This valuable resource from the University of British Columbia's Linguistics Dept. provides a very viewer-friendly overview of the IPA.  It includes  three introductory videos on articulatory phonetics; an explanation of the IPA;  an introduction to the sounds of the world's languages; as well as a "Pronunciation Station".  The use of ultrasound technology allows you to view what is happening with throat, lips, tongue etc. while specific phonemes are being produced by native speakers of various target languages.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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:
https://www.llsc.on.ca/

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This service provides "live" assistance 24-hours a day for mental health, gambling and drug problems. Calls and online webchats are answered by a qualified specialist who is able to provide support and basic information on available services including: locations, how to access the services, and possible wait times.  Calls are confidential and no charge. Service is provided in 170 languages.

Free access:

https://www.connexontario.ca/

 

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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

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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/

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Developed by the Government of Canada, this is a ten question check up to test your cyber security knowledge.  Most suitable for Stage 2 or Academic learners.

Free access:

https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/en/resources/research/take-get-cyber-safe-checkup

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At this website you'll find a colourful,  animated program to learn keyboarding skills. The instructions are easy to follow, at the bottom of the screen. The narrator is a cartoon goat with a Scottish accent, who may be difficult to understand but can be ignored.  Just  focus on the instructions and illustrations.

Free access:

https://toybox.tools.bbc.co.uk/activities/id/activity-dance-mat-typing/exitGameUrl/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fguides%2Fz3c6tfr

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Dave's ESL Café is a meeting place for ESL + EFL teachers and students from around the world.
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https://dialogues.ojs.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/dialogues

This open access journal, published by North Carolina State University, seeks to build connections between universities, community colleges, adult education programs, TESOL programs, and K-12 programs.  Articles are intended to be accessible to a diverse audience including teachers, scholars and the general public.  Recent article topics include vocabulary instruction, code-switching, digital storytelling, and academic writing.

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This is an online dictation tool that uses voice recognition technology to transform voice into digital text. This may be a very useful adaptive tool for leaners with special needs, who need assistance with keyboarding.

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/

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From the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, the topic of  this sample CLB Literacy -2  module  is weather.  Scroll down to find and download  Digital Literacy Lesson Plan Sample. It provides lesson planning for using a website to check weather, also includes 4 pages of handouts and suggestions for 9 activities.

Free access:

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

 

 

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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

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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

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A language learning website that uses gaming to keep learners motivated.  Easy to navigate lessons are personalized, immediate feedback is provided, "rewards" are handed out as levels are mastered.  Can be used for independent practice, or in a lab setting. The learning program is based on language-acquisition research and makes the claim:  "34 hours of Duolingo are equal to 1 university semester of language courses".

This site may also be of interest to teachers interested in acquiring another language.  There are 33 languages to choose from, including Klingon - not kidding!

https://www.duolingo.com/

 

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This website is a great resource for teachers and students alike to understand phonemic differences within different dialects of English.  The clickable accent chart allows you to hear a multitude of words pronounced by English speakers in various regions of Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland, as well as by speakers of world Englishes from countries such as India, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Trinidad and more.  The clickable accent map will open links to ultrasound  video recordings of speech samples from various regions around the world.

 

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The Easy Reading Career Planning Series includes Work and You Book 1 and Work and You Book 2 workbooks, plus guidelines for teachers, tutors and career advisors.

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

The titles are focused on Alberta but the core information is quite useful and could be adapted.

Free access:https://alis.alberta.ca/tools-and-resources/content/products/easy-reading-work-and-you-book-1-make-some-job-choices/

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Developed by Alis (Alberta) for use with this Alis Easy Reading Job Profiles, this excellent dictionary targets vocabulary typically found in job search and employment resources, words students will come across in daily life.  The dictionary explains Alis symbols for Job Profiles, plus it provides clearly explained dictionary entries for employment terms such as:  3-hour minimum, bondable, criminal record check deductions, dress code, etc.

Free access:

https://alis.alberta.ca/inspire-and-motivate/easy-reading-dictionary/

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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/

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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

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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. A useful tool to enhance lessons for online teaching.

Free access:
https://edpuzzle.com/

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ELLII 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.ellii.com/

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ELLII is a commercial site containing  well developed lesson plans and resources for EAL teachers. Materials have been developed to meet the needs of LINC/ESL teachers. The Citizenship module contains a teacher guidelines and learner activities.  Your organization may obtain a subscription for unlimited instructor use, or subscriptions may be shared among 5 members.

Access by subscription:

https://ellii.com/courses/75/lessons/2268

 

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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

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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

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This Alberta-based lesson plan pdf, on the Practical PBLA website, originates from CIWA ,the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association.  The 45-page lesson plan contains a teaching guide and activities. The content covers different types of emergencies vs  non-emergencies and  calling 911. It also includes a visual glossary.

Free access:

https://practicalpbla.weebly.com/emergencies.html

 

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This resource, developed by ABC Life Literacy and the Government of Canada, provides a curriculum to develop employment skills. Not specifically aimed at a newcomer audience, the lessons are well planned and include vocabulary building, short readings to introduce real-life scenarios, group discussion and self-assessment activities. The curriculum is  suitable for Stage 1 and 2 learners, CLB 4+.  Topics covered: motivation, teamwork, time management, adaptability and stress management, and more.

Free access:

https://abcactivatelearning.ca/resources/

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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

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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

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This YouTube video help students to learn English.

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This website is designed for beginning and intermediate learners (not CLB aligned), with a wide variety of activities for language practice, including podcasts, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The podcasts  link to different sites, including Archie comics.

https://www.rong-chang.com/

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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:

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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/

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This resource contains 4 modules on issues of workplace safety for newcomers, designed for blended learning and has an accompanying moodle class.  It is not aligned with CLBs, but would be suitable for Stage 2 learners.  An Alberta-based resource by AWES developed in 2017, the document has Alberta-specific references and may need adaptation. It is a well-developed resource that covers federal and local laws, protective equipment, hazards and hazardous materials information (WHMIS). It also covers intercultural competence, and power dynamics in the workplace, including how to refuse unsafe work. The language is clear and the text is easy to navigate. Lessons include   video, case studies, pre-reading and vocabulary building activities.

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This simple website is designed for those who are having difficulty understanding numbers.  The lessons contain practice with two figure numbers  to nine figure numbers, as well as practice with telephone numbers, months and dates, decimals and percentages and more.

Free access:

http://www.englishnumber.com/

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https://edlinked.soe.waikato.ac.nz/journal/view.php

This journal was a free open access journal published by the University of Waikato in New Zealand  up until 2014 - after which it became accessible only through institutional subscription.  Thus only older issues (2002-2014) are available for free.  Nevertheless many topics covered are still very relevant: culturally responsive pedagogy, textual diversity, language and identity, and more.

 

 

 

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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

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This is an American site offering a wide variety of activities. There are weekly lessons,  grammar tutorials vocabulary and listening activities, as well as games.

https://www.englishpage.com/index.html

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eNunciate is a project created by Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia.  The site will be useful for teachers interested in a review of the International Phonetic Alphabet. The Pronunciation Station will allow allow them to see videos using ultrasound to demonstrate both consonant and vowel production. The site also consists of self-directed modules for learning articulatory phonetics of Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, German, French and Spanish; as well as a collection of research and case studies on ultrasound based pronunciation instruction.

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Directory for ESL students to search for ESL programs.

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An easy to navigate website is good for independent practice and can be used with children. Contains grammar,  listening and reading activities from very easy to intermediate levels.

Free access:

https://www.eslfast.com/

 

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Listening Lab for students

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https://www.esl-lounge.com/

ESL Games, Lessons Plans and other support materials for teachers.

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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

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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

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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

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This British-based website is intended for student self-study but it also lends itself to classroom and lab use. The site is clear and easy to navigate. Courses with multiple units and lessons are offered for several levels ranging from beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced/IELTS.   There are also games and activities targeted for the workplace, college preparation, UK and US culture. See also the "Learn English with songs", with music videos and a gap-fill.

Free access:

https://www.esolcourses.com/

 

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Four excellent workbooks can be found on the ABCActivateLearning website. Designed for mainstream literacy students, these workbooks are well laid-out and work well for CLB Stage 1 learners.  The workbooks cover the following topics: Reading  a job description, Writing Instructions, Reading and summarizing, and Writing at work. The website is here:

Free access:

https://abcactivatelearning.ca/resources/

Workbooks:

Reading a job description: https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ES-Activity-Reading-a-job-description-1.pdf

Writing instructions: https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ES-Activity-Writing-instructions-1.pdf

Reading and summarizing: https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ES-Activity-Reading-and-summarizing.pdf 

Writing at work: https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ES-Activity-Writing-at-work.pdf

 

 

Although Eva's accent is American, she provides a good introduction to English pronunciation with easy-to-understand short video lessons with follow up practice and quizzes. She covers a good range of pronunciation issues from linking, reductions, vowels, consonants and GH sounds. Suitable for lower level learners and up.  The website can be used in a language lab or for independent practice.

Free access:

https://www.evaeaston.com

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Eye on Literacy wordless picture books are designed by two Canadian educators for literacy learners with limited formal education. The books contain high quality visuals to build on the oral language skills of adult second language literacy learners with limited schooling, to help create learner-generated texts. The site states: "Moving the learner from oral language to print through visuals creates an environment where, together, the teacher and learner can build meaningful contexts and decoding skills. The emphasis is on oral language which becomes the stepping stone to the reading and writing process."

Each book comes with assessments with audio. Yearly subscriptions $45 or books can be purchased individually.

Paid content:

http://www.eyeonliteracy.com/

 

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In the "post-truth" era, social media users  are bombarded daily with information, making us susceptible to fake news, urban myths, rumours, and disinformation.  Fact-checkers that are non-profit and non-partisan have become invaluable tools for helping students and teachers navigate online spaces and bring a critical eye to the information we encounter.  Some of  the most respected fact checkers are:

Snopes: "The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation." Free access: https://www.snopes.com

FactCheck.org: University of Pennsylvania, nonpartisan, nonprofit. Free access: https://www.factcheck.org

Politifact: Pulitzer Prize winning site run by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. Free access: https://www.politifact.com

FactsCan: A Canadian independent and nonpartisan fact-checker focusing on federal politics, run by volunteers and funded by donations. Free access: http://factscan.ca/about/

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

Free access:
http://familyliteracyfirst.ca/

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This federal government website contains useful information for newcomers pertaining to understanding the financial world in Canada.  The agency's mandate is consumer protection; it promotes   financial education and consumer rights and responsibilities.

The website contains news bulletins on changes to laws and important consumer issues.  Learners can also access information on financial topics including: managing your money (includes a budget calculator), understanding credit cards, and protecting yourself from frauds and scams.  Suitable for higher level learners.

Free access:

https://www.canada.ca/en/financial-consumer-agency.html

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

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The Financial Relief Navigator (developed by non-profit organization Prosper Canada), is a bilingual online portal that helps users access government assistance programs for Covid-19. The tool helps users to identify their financial needs and the benefits that are available to help increase income and reduce expenses. Easy to use, suitable for Stage 1 and 2 learners.

Free access:

https://financialreliefnav.prospercanada.org/en/benefits-you-can-get

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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

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Developed by the city of Vancouver and the BC provincial government, this resource focuses primarily on the First Peoples along  the West Coast region however it can serve as an introduction to cultures, histories, social and political issues. The resource was developed by LISTN in 2014 for English language learners at CLB 5+.

Free access: https://listn.tutela.ca/resources/resources-for-teachers/listn-resources/first-peoples-learning-materials-for-newcomers.html

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Flipgrid is a free video discussion tool with which teachers assign a topic to the class, and students record a response video to share with their teacher and classmates. Responses may be pre-set to 15 seconds to 10 minutes in length.  With Flipgrid teachers can:

  • Record or upload a video to begin a conversation
  • View learner responses privately with option to share as a class
  • Teacher moderates  all videos to check for content before sharing
  • Students required to sign a video release form. 
  • Can create mixtapes of student responses
  • Connect with teachers and classes around the globe ( using GridPals). 

Free access and premium plans:

https://info.flipgrid.com

 

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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: https://freerice.com/categories/english-vocabulary

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A children's K-8 website containing word games, spelling and vocabulary practice, online books, and a superhero video series. It's divided by grade level; English learners will enjoy the colourful and easy to navigate site with engaging  practice materials that are suitable for their level.

Free access:

https://www.funbrain.com/

 

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This Canadian government website is part of a public awareness campaign to build safety and security in online spaces. Topics covered include:  security tips for social media engagement; strengthening passwords; securing accounts and devices.

Free access:

https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/en/home

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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

https://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
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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

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For more advanced learners, this multimedia website provides grammar explanations and practice.  The site also has presentations, handouts, videos, a MOOC,  a Twitter workout, and more.

Free access:

https://chompchomp.com/menu.htm

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There are several online tools for checking grammar and proof-reading,  useful for both teachers and students who are in academic programs and Stage 2 learners.

Grammarly is probably the best-known; it uses an extension or browser add-on. The free version works as a spelling, punctuation and grammar checker, providing detailed feedback. The paid version offers a plagiarism checker.

Free (and paid) access:

https://www.grammarly.com/upgrade?affiliateNetwork=ho&affiliateID=33357&utm_source=program

Ginger is recommended for English learners. It provides a contextualized spelling checker (to identify common errors, for example,  lose/loose and  lie/lay). It also offers a vocabulary enhancement feature and a sentence re-phraser.

Free access and paid subscription:

https://cdn.gingersoftware.com/lp/try-ginger-aff/?utm_source=shareasale&utm_campaign=951044&utm_medium=cpl#!/

Whitesmoke is also recommended for English learners. The tool checks for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes, and also identifies problems with sentence structure. In addition, it has a translator for 8 languages. The cheapest version costs $5 per month.

Paid access: https://www.whitesmoke.com/lp_general/?d=3&a=2&r=8052&sscid=a1k4_ldrcu

An easy option: OnlineCorrection does not require users to download and install new software. It checks spelling and grammar and has an autocorrect option (which may or may not be a great feature for learners!) Additionally, users can chose from a variety of English dialects including British, American, Australian, New Zealand or South African English.  It also offers text correction in several other languages.

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

 

 

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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

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Hopelijk is an American organization and has developed teaching materials for tutor support. The website contains hand-outs, warm ups and lessons that are useful for Literacy classrooms. The themes include: emergencies, calling 911, body parts, clothing, and more.

Free access:

http://www.eastsideliteracy.org/tutorsupport/ESL/ESLIdeas.htm

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ABC Life Literacy Canada has produced a series of informative activities and information pages to  build Health Literacy.  The activities have been developed for a mainstream literacy audience but would be adaptable for ESL Literacy learners at CLB 3L and 4L and the content can also be used with  Stage 1 learners.  The topics covered are: doing health math (reading nutrition labels), health passport, the pharmacist, and patient rights.

Free access:

https://abcactivatelearning.ca/resources/

Workbooks:

Doing health math: https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AL-Health-Matters-Doing-health-math.pdf

Health passport: https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AL-Health-Matters-Health-passport.pdf 

You and your pharmacist:  https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AL-Health-Matters-You-and-your-pharmacist.pdf

Your rights as a patient: https://abcactivatelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AL-Health-Matters-Your-rights-as-a-pati-1.pdf

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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

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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

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These easy-to-read activity booklets, written by Joan Acosta and Bev Burke,  have been designed for adult English learners build their own literacy skills while building the habit of reading with with young children. The first book is for reading with babies, the second is for toddlers, and the third is for reading with preschoolers. The booklets can be read online or downloaded and printed.

Free access.

http://www.helpingchildrenlearn.ca/

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This is a curriculum for CLB 4-6  to prepare newcomer learners to find jobs or retrain to work in the food services industry.  The lessons focus on developing  speaking and listening skills for for busy   environments, such as working in a kitchen, cafeteria, or restaurant.

The Learner Workbook includes:

  • 4 Modules, 16 Units
  • Audio and video resources
  • Comprehension exercises
  • A variety of speaking and listening activities and games
  • Learner self-assessment materials
  • Reflection and goal setting activities

The Instructor Guide contains industry information, guidelines for workplace culture discussions, instructional notes, suggestions for activity adaptations and assessment rubrics. Permission to use granted by ATESL Resource Database and Alberta Initiatives Gallery.

Free access:

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Informative and easy-to-read, 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

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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

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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 of 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.

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Human Rights 101 is an e-learning 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

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission has created an interactive,  5part e-learning course about human rights in Ontario, called Human Rights 101 (3rd edition).  There are interactive quizzes, otherwise information is presented in a straightforward manner with slides and voice-over.  Designed for a mainstream audience, this resource is most suitable to high level learners. Permission is needed to add to  your Learning Management System.

Free access:

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/learning/elearning/hr101-3rd-edition

 

 

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

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This website offers academic English learners practice and preparation materials for the IELTS  exam.  The materials are designed for test-takers entering undergraduate or post-graduate programs.The practice reading tests containing authentic materials from journals, newspapers and books. The tests also provide  practice reading and interpreting diagrams, illustrations and graphs. A glossary is provided.  Marking sheets are included as well. There is a computer simulated IELTS reading test available for free.  The website also offers practice activities for academic listening, speaking and writing.

Free access:

https://www.ieltsessentials.com/prepare/free-practice-tests/academic-reading

 

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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/

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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 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.

Integrated skills online text:

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

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

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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/

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Developed by BC TEAL in collaboration with members of local Indigenous community members and academics,  this resource is intended for CLB 5+ classrooms.  The objective of the curriculum is to promote awareness of Indigenous cultural practices among newcomers, to gain a deeper understanding of cultural practices, historical and present day issues, and greater respect for Indigenous people.  The lesson plans are adaptable to  face-to-face and online settings and contain multimedia resources.

There are 5 parts to the document including: Language for Decolonization, Land Acknowledgements, Residential School System,  Cultural and Spiritual Renewal, and Additional Resources.  Each part contains PBLA tasks and assessment tools.

Free access

BC TEAL Indigenous-People-and-Canada-2020-FINAL

This resource was developed in collaboration with Indigenous scholars working with the Canadian Encyclopedia. Indigenous Perspectives helps learners see history through an Indigenous point of view. Several activities are provided, designed for a mainstream audience, but adaptable for academic and Stage 2 learners.

Free access:

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/studyguide/indigenous-perspectives-education-guide

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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

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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

To promote interactive engagement with learners, there are several software options available for classroom use or presentations.

Mentimeter offers live polls, quizzes, word clouds, and Q&A's to get live input in remote, hybrid or face-to-face settings.

Free access:

https://www.mentimeter.com

Poll Everywhere app is another offering that can be used with PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides. The company offers free premium plans to anti-racism organizations;  classrooms/organizations that serve newcomers can apply.

Free access:

https://www.polleverywhere.com

 

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The Nova Scotia settlement organization ISANS has created a 75-page guide for curriculum developers. The guide aligns with the Canadian Language Benchmarks and is grounded in the principles of adult education. It presents a three-stage model of curriculum development based on several sources including practices from the field.

Free access:

ISANS Curriculum Developers Guide

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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/

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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

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ALIS (Alberta) has created a colourful and easy to read book of job profiles for a mainstream audience but useful for ELLs.  This resource provides examples of jobs under a number of headings: Clean Things, Move Things, Sell Things, Prepare Food, Work with Living Things, and more.

Free access:

https://alis.alberta.ca/inspire-and-motivate/easy-reading-job-profiles/

 

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This podcast is produced at Baruch College in the U.S. and is intended for international students, but higher level language learners will find it enjoyable and helpful.  The podcast has three episodes that focus on accents, effective language learning techniques, and building fluency using connected speech and thought groups.  Practice activities are included. (The podcasts are accessible through a QR code as well.) An additional Learner feature has practice on speaking, listening,  idioms and vocabulary building.

Free access:

https://jtbc.baruch.cuny.edu

 

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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/

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Kelly Morrissey maintains a popular website and blog with resources for for English literacy teaching. She has developed ready-to-use literacy resources that are clear, relevant and attractive, covering 14 topics from banking, community, health, weather, Canada, transportation, to health and digital literacy.  Downloadable modules are aligned with CLBs from Literacy to CLB 3.

Free access:

 

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This website is written by a British academic and author of books on teaching English using film.  The website contains a large library of short films, cartoons and TV ads. The lessons can be browsed according to theme and language level. Topics cover issues such as bullying,  love, the gold mining industry, and compassion, to name just a few.  Lesson plans are interesting, clear and well presented. The levels are aligned with CFER (Common European Framework of Reference);  A1='beginner' ; A2=CLB4, B1= CLB 5,  B2 = CLB 6-7, C1=CLB 8-9.

Kieran also offers teacher training in empathy, teaching social justice, and teaching with film.

Free access:

http://film-english.com/

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This is a fast-paced and challenging vocabulary-building game, suitable for intermediate and higher level learners.  There are a range of categories from food, Vikings, and astronomy. A commercial version is available.  Addictive.

Free access:

https://playknoword.com/

 

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This language and literacy journal is published twice a year.
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Looking for a way to compare CLB levels with other recognized language assessments?  These tables are for general comparison only;  there is no method to accurately convert one language test or test score to another:

The Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has put together the following chart that includes IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, and TCF.

Free access:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/standard-requirements/language-requirements/test-equivalency-charts.html

The company  Macrosplus Global's charts compare CLB with IELTS, CELPIP, TOEFL and others:

https://www.macropusimmigration.com/study/language-equivalency-charts/

Education First (EF) has also created a conversion chart with general  equivalents.

https://www.ef.com/wwen/english-tests/test-comparison/score-converter/

 

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The resource includes information and techniques for incorporating Essential Skill into activities.

Free access:
http://www.itsessential.ca/itsessential/itsessential_files/doc_viewer_dex.asp?doc_id=355&page_i=413

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instructors and learners will find valuable resources to build academic skills, covering the 4 main skills, and also including fluency, grammar and pronunciation practice. The reading section has several offerings, such as understanding academic texts and reading strategies for academic settings. The vocabulary section includes an academic phrase bank.

https://www.victoria.ac.nz/llc/resources/practise-online/english-as-a-second-language

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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/

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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/

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Resources for ESL teachers

The Learning English with CBC website is a project between CBC Edmonton and the Alberta government.  The website contains interactive tools - a podcast, video news stories and interactive quizzes at CBL levels 4 and 6, which may be adapted for other levels. New content is posted weekly. The focus is on soft skills to support real world interactions, using local stories from Alberta with broad appeal.  Learners can use the site with mobile devices or in school settings.

Free access:

http://www.cbc.ca/learning-english

This is web-based learning platform  produced by the American literacy organization, Literacynet.org, and is intended for a general adult audience.  Suitable for CLB 4 and up, the site can be used for online classroom settings or independent practice.  The site adapts high interest stories from CNN.  Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities; learners can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story. Activities include: vocabulary building, multiple choice, sequencing, conclusions (inference), and your turn (an opportunity to share thoughts with other learners).  Easy to navigate and interesting stories.

Free access: http://literacynet.org/learningresources/

 

 

 

 

This series of three booklets written by Joan Acosta and Bev Burke are designed for adult English learners to read with young children. The booklets, are written in an easy-to-read format, for caregivers to read to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.  The books can be read online or downloaded and printed.

Free access.

http://www.helpingchildrenlearn.ca/

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Developed for LINC classes, these downloadable lesson plans are focused on using technology in the English language classroom. There are three modules available for CLB 1-4, CLB 5, and CLB 6-8. Student and peer assessments are included however no PBLA assessments are provided.

Free access:

http://learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/help/lesson-plans/

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Several resources are available to support LGBTQ newcomers. AMSSA in British Columbia has created an information sheet to support settlement service providers:

Free access:

https://www.amssa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AMSSA-Info-Sheet-Issue-18-Settlement-Challenges-of-LGBT-Immigrants-and-Refugees.pdf

Settlement.org has a comprehensive listing of supports, including practical guides/best practices, courses and online learning and service providers in Ontario.

Free access:

https://settlement.org/ontario/health/sexual-and-reproductive-health/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity/where-can-i-find-lgbtq-positive-health-services/

CLB 4+ Teaching resources, including lesson plans, and youtube videos from LISTN:

Free access:
https://listn.tutela.ca/wp-content/uploads/Resources-for-Higher-Levels-LGBT-Rights-and-Communities1.pdf

Breaking News English lesson plan, suitable for intermediate learners. Free access:
http://breakingnewsenglish.com.

 

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Lesson plans and resources are for LINC 1–4 classrooms to encourage participation in online learning opportunities.

Free access:
https://settlementatwork.org/resources/linc-1-4-classroom-activities

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This site contains reading lessons, citizenship test questions, and games/activities produced for the LINC Home Study program, produced by the Centre for Education and Training. The site can  also be used for learners to work independently.  Canadian Corner reading choices include Terry Fox, the Loonie, and The Last Spike. The sidebar contains several grammar activities. The citizenship page is limited to test questions only.

Free access:

https://www.linchomestudy.ca/online/eaonline/CanadianCorner/index.html

 

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Lingthusiasm is an outstanding podcast about linguistics in general.

The episode on Intonation and Identity tackles what it means to 'sound Black' by considering when/why/how we access specific accents in our repertoires and what that says about our identity (e.g. code-switching between 'standard' English and African-American Vernacular English.) It explores hidden assumptions within specific accents and intonations.

(A list of free episodes can be found here: https://lingthusiasm.com/episodes .  All episodes are accompanied by transcripts making them an excellent in-class resource.  Students could listen to a podcast and follow along with the transcript.)

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Linguahouse.com offers free and paid subscriptions to teachers, (including freelancers) and schools. Multimedia lessons are prepared by experienced English language educators (American and British) and align with CFER (Common European Framework of Reference of languages) framework.  A limited number of resources are provided at no cost.  Of note, customized lessons can be ordered by subscribers (tailor-made to suit your needs),  and will include pdf worksheets,  professionally-recorded audio resources, and access to the Expemo app for students.

The  Expemo app offers mutlimedia flashcard practice (accessible through educator's subscription only).

Linguahouse has fully prepared courses for: Business English, Exam Preparation, and English for Special Purposes (job preparation).

Free and paid access:

https://www.linguahouse.com

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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/

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Created by the Learning Exchange in Quebec,  this website holds 30 pdf resources (each 30-40 pages) for teaching or one-on-one tutoring life skills. Designed for mainstream literacy students but the materials adaptable for Literacy and Stage 1 English learners.  While some materials are Quebec-focused, resources for citizenship, health and numeracy are well done.  Topics also include  my community, smart shopping, strategies for reading and writing.

Free access:

http://www.essentialskillsquebec.com/skills-for-life-series 

Being a Canadian Citizen pdf: Being a Canadian citizen_Essential Skills

My Health pdf: My-health_Essential life skills

Managing Money pdf: Managing-my-money_ Essential life skills

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You can create your own interactive, "live" worksheets or choose from a prepared selection.  Your own Word documents, pdfs and jpegs can be transformed into interactive online exercises, with self-correction.  Learners can complete the worksheets online and send answers to the teacher.

Free access:

https://www.liveworksheets.com

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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

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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

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This resource was adapted from the Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide from the Canadian Mental Health Association. The activities are clearly presented and suitable for CLB Stage 2 learners. The module aims to build understanding and reduce stigma surrounding mental health problems, and develop personal awareness and  positive attitudes toward mental illness. There are three activities including an attitudes survey. Learner hand-outs are also included.

Free access:

http://canwetalk.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/COOR-79l-2016-03-CWT-lesson-plans.pdf

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The Moccasin Identifier Project, developed in partnership with the   Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the The Greenbelt Foundation, to promote public awareness of cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities locally.   It is intended for mainstream elementary students, but can be adapted for CLB Stage 1 and Stage 2 learners. Lesson plans and resources are included. There is an option to purchase a students' moccasin stencil kit, which incorporates four moccasin symbols that reflect the presence and diversity of  Indigenous peoples of Ontario.

Free access to learning resources:

https://moccasinidentifier.com/resources/

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The NFB website provides a large variety of Canadian films, documentaries, animation, plus an educational site with prepared lessons (suitable for higher level students).  You'll find material covering Canadian culture, history, music,  personal stories, famous musicians, etc.

Free access:

https://www.nfb.ca/

 

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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

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The Canadian government  has produced  a short Newcomer Mental Health video available for viewing on  IRCC's YouTube channel. The objective  is to introduce the subject of mental health and well-being in a way that reduces stigma.  An important note: the 3-minute video was produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore some images may not depict current physical distancing measures.  In addition, the video doesn't specifically address the mental health crisis created by the pandemic. The video is available in English and French. There are plans to translate the video into additional languages.

Free access:

English

https://youtu.be/uFF112B-_7Y 

French: https://youtu.be/Nf8kkaqG0lw

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Developed by the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) in BC, this resource focuses on uncomfortable topics that are often embarrassing or difficult for women to discuss in English classrooms.  The guide is designed to help women find ways to address their physical and emotional needs and help teachers facilitate discussion so that women will be able to help friends, family and classmates find ways to improve their health.

There are three sections to the resource with lesson plans: Women's Overall Health, Gynaecological Health, and Friendships & Relationships.  Although not CLB aligned, the lessons are aimed at "low level" and "high level"  language learners, with a teacher's guide, clear illustrations, activities, and assessments.

Free access:

https://www.bcteal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Newcomer-Womens-Health-Resource-2018.pdf

 

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An IRCC developed video for 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:https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/cra-multimedia-library/individuals-video-gallery/transcript-new-canada-learn-about-taxes.html

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This is an American news website is designed for mainstream classrooms, but is adaptable for English learners (5 reading levels) and set for designed for distance learning; it allows teachers to assign online learning activities to classes. The content includes news stories and articles about law, science, sports, opinion and arts and culture. Support for educators is offered.  Teachers without a subscription may access news stories only.

Free access:

https://newsela.com/

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A Career Survival Guide for New Immigrants. Book: 200 pages.

Contents include career assessment, marketing yourself, Canadian workplace culture, values, and expectations.

Published 2011, 2nd edition  by WCS Publisher.

Available through bookstores. ISBN: 9780981310404

For more information see: https://www.mcgill.ca/caps/no-canadian-experience-eh-career-success-guide-new-immigrants-2nd-ed

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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

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From ABC Money Matters (sponsored by TD Bank), this 3-page lesson provides learners with clear, basic information about e-transfers, including benefits and cautions as well as how to send and receive e-transfers safely.  The resource contains good information but be aware there is no suggested follow up classroom activity.

Free access:

https://abcmoneymatters.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MM-E-transfers.pdf

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A resource from ABC Money Matters (TD Bank sponsored), this 2-page lesson plan clearly explains the basics of online banking for learners at intermediate or advanced levels.  Suggested classroom activities include setting a strong password.

Free access:

https://abcmoneymatters.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MM-What-is-e-banking.pdf

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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 or Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online.  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/

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CIVIX is a Canadian information literacy organization with modules, videos, case studies and games to provide students with tools to verify online news and information and be critical media users and active citizens. The goal is to develop skills to be able to discern information from misinformation. Videos by Prof Mike Caulfield provide strategies for determining  fake news from  real news. Developed for mainstream secondary and elementary students, the resources are adaptable for ELLs as well. Registration required.

Free access:

https://newsliteracy.ca/ctrl-f/

 

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. The tool creates an approximate benchmark range following the assessment.  (The page also contains a breakdown of each CLB). 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/

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This resource, from ABC Digital Literacy, is designed to help learners master popular platforms that may be used for online learning or  for personal use. The lessons look like easy-to-follow infographics with clear instructions and bright illustrations, suitable for most English learners. The lessons are designed for computers and mobile devices, and include instructions for downloading and using the following apps (and more):  Skype, Zoom, Google Translate, Spotify, What's App and Netflix.

Free access:

https://youthteachingadults.ca/resources/

 

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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/

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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/

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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

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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

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This link provides access to academic resources for both teachers and students including grammar practice,  workplace writing, and  information on academic integrity.  Recommended for CLB 6+.

Free access:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/english_as_a_second_language/esl_instructors_tutors/esl_instructors_and_students.html

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Teachers and English learners can access Oxford University Press’s high quality sample materials for free. The Bookshelf offers   e-books for use on iPad and tablets for Android, as well as computer access online and via desktop apps. Students can use their preferred device. There is a selection of coursebooks and Graded Readers for different student levels and interests.  An access code is required. Teachers can use the Bookshelf to create classes and monitor student progress, assign e-books, set up Reading Circles, and provide materials for independent study.  Registration required.

Free access:

https://www.oxfordlearnersbookshelf.com/ 

Here's a Youtube video demonstrating an interactive textbook:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE3BV5K8tio&list=PLD9EA7362E5033FF2&index=20&t=0s&app=desktop

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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

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Several PBLA modules have been developed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. Teacher guides, lessons and assessments are provided.  The modules cover a range of topics and levels. Free access:

CLB 1-2: Reporting a lost, stolen or damaged bank card:  CLB-1-2-Reporting-a-Lost-or-Stolen-Bank-Card_MEG

CLB 3-4: At the walk-in clinic: CLB 3-4 At-the-Walk-in-ClinicMaterials

CLB 3-4: Socializing with friends: CLB 3_4 PBLA-Socializing-with-Friends-Multilevel-module-CLB-3-4

CLB 5-6: Avoiding scams and frauds: CLB 5-6 Avoiding-Scams-and-Fraud-

CLB 5-6: Finding a job: CLB 5_6 PBLA-Finding-a-Job-Multilevel-module-CLB-5-6

CLB 5-6-7: Sharing Travel Experiences:CLB5_6_7 Sharing-a-travel-experience-pilot-1

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The Canadian Centre for Language Benchmarks (CCLB) has developed several modules for CLB 1-2, CLB 3-4, and CLB 5-6. The packages  include lesson plans, skill-building activities, skill-using and assessment tasks. Each module contains listening texts in separate audio files.  Module packages for Literacy (CLB 1L and CLB 2L) have also been developed for three topics.

Free access:

https://pblapg.language.ca/part-e-classroom-and-professional-learning/multilevel-modules/

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Bow Valley College and Conestoga College have developed tools for creating PBLA rubrics.

Many teachers have found Conestoga's LINC Assessment Generating Tool helpful. The tool includes a complete list of competency statements, indicators and profiles of ability, all in one place. Also included  - a guide to question levels by CLB, features of communication, and sample assessment tasks for instructional reference. You must have a Tutela account to access this resource.

https://tutela.ca/PublicHomePage 

Bow Valley College has developed clear, easy-to-use assessments and templates for Portfolio-Based language Assessment (PBLA). Their toolbox contains:

Tool 1: Assessment Templates
Tool 2: Instructor Administered Templates
Tool 3: Learner Reflections
Tool 4: Self-Assessments

Free access:

https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/tools/instructor-tools-pbla

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Developed by an instructor with the TCDSB, this resource serves as an introductory activity to PBLA and the learner's portfolio. There is one scavenger hunt for Stage 1 learners and another for Stage 2.

Free access:

https://www.tcdsb.org/FORCOMMUNITY/AdultEducationESL/1click2learning/Documents/PBLA%20Scavenger%20Hunt.pdf

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Pear Deck is a Google Slides add-on that increases online classroom  interactivity. The tool allows teachers to see in real time what students are doing on their Pear Deck screen.  Pear Deck provides:

  • multiple-choice questions or polls and text responses 
  • the ability to embed  other websites directly into a presentation 
  • teacher control of slides during lessons, while each student interacts with their own screen.
  • display learners' work anonymously.

Premium paid subscription,  school subscription,  and free access:

https://www.peardeck.com/pricing

 

Perusall is a Harvard developed, peer-reviewed app that turns learning resources, such as text-books and pdfs, into interactive learning opportunities.  Students become more motivated, engaged and self-directed as they collectively annotate readings in threads, respond to each other’s comments, and interact in a familiar (Facebook style) setting.  Suitable for Academic and Stage 2 learners.  This resource is free and easy to set up. It is FERPA compliant (to protect students' privacy), secure, free of advertising, and integrated with every major learning management system.

Free access:

https://perusall.com

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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

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Public Legal Education (PLE) Learning Exchange of Ontario has produced a series of 4 podcasts with accompanying CLB lesson plans and assessments. The podcasts vary in length from 15 to 20 minutes and cover common problems for newcomers, such tenant and workplace issues. In each episode, the host interviews a legal expert who provides advice. The podcasts are suitable for CLB 6 and higher.

Free access:http://plelearningexchange.ca/resources/rights-bites-podcasts-lesson-plans/

 

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Growing in popularity, podcasts are an excellent way to independently build listening and vocabulary skills in an informal setting.  Here are some recommended podcasts that can be used by teachers and learners at home or in a listening lab.

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. Check out The Secret Life of Canada, and a health podcast called The Dose.

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.

http://literacynet.org/learningresources/

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.

https://www.npr.org/sections/education/

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

The Listening Room from Bow Valley College in Alberta has podcasts at three levels: http://esl.bowvalleycollege.ca/listen/mp3/

CanLearnEnglish offers free and paid subscription podcasts (as well as videos and downloadable lessons): https://www.canlearnenglish.com

PodcastsinEnglish.com offers podcasts in 3 levels. Podcasts are free but you will need a membership to access worksheets. https://www.podcastsinenglish.com

 

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Post TESL Certificate Training (PTCT) is specialized training for instructors to advance their knowledge and skills in high priority content areas such as materials development, technology in the classroom, language for the workplace, and higher level language training. PTCT is for all instructors who teach English as a second language to adults.

For information about admission requirements of PTCT courses and to sign up, you will need to contact the course providers directly or visit their websites. See the TESL Ontario website for a list of PTCT course descriptions and the training provider's contact information.

PTCT course graduates who hold a valid TESL Ontario certificate of accreditation are eligible for the TESL Ontario Certificate of Achievement. To receive this certificate, contact TESL Ontario.

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This web resource is maintained by teachers in the LINC ASSIST Community Services Centre,  in Edmonton, Alberta.  Its purpose is  to provide resources and an implementation guide for teachers using PBLA in their own LINC classrooms. The site is easy to navigate.

The "PBLA" section will take you to resources and examples of how to implement PBLA. "Teaching Resources" links to a variety of theme- and skill-based resources.  Some resources are Alberta-based and designed for ASSIST settings.  Also note, Word docs on the website cannot be viewed on mobile devices.

Free access.

https://practicalpbla.weebly.com/

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Free online practice tests for independent study or classroom use.

Richmond Public Library: https://www.yourlibrary.ca/citizenship/

Citizenshipcounts.ca: http://citizenshipcounts.ca

Government of Canada Discover Canada study questions: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/discover/questions.asp

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Developed by Norquest College in Alberta, this set of resources is designed to teach English pragmatics or "soft skills"  to internationally educated professionals (IEPs).   English in the Workplace instructors will find resources to enhance professional language proficiencies, the unwritten rules of workplace communication,  in the Canadian context.  The lesson plans are CLB 5+, and include handouts, audio files and transcripts. The lessons cover topics such as: apologies, feedback and complaints, compliments and requests.

https://www.norquest.ca/norquest-centres/centre-for-intercultural-education/projects/current-projects/pragmatic-patterns-for-business/eal-instructors.aspx

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Free access.

Pragmatic Language Tips:

Social Language Tips (Overview): https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/social-communication/

Teaching Pragmatics:
https://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/intro.pdf

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This health curriculum guide was developed by Toronto  Public Health for English teachers. The curriculum includes lesson plans and background information. The lessons contain interactive activities for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) levels 1-6.  Topics include:

  • Cancer Prevention and Screening
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mental Health
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Physical Activity
  • Sun Safety
  • Tobacco Use
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Video on how to pronounce words.

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PLE Tip Sheets are resources for teachers and administrators  to assist newcomers facing legal challenges. The tip sheets contain lists of reliable legal information sites and information on free or low-cost legal services.  The documents can be printed to post in classrooms or hand out at workshops.  The tip sheet titles are:

  • Detecting legal problems
  • Clues to reliable legal information
  • Sources for online legal information
  • Legal services in Ontario
  • Hiring and working with a lawyer.

Free access:

http://plelearningexchange.ca/new-legal-information-tip-sheet-kit/

 

 

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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/

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Quizizz is an engaging tool allowing teachers to create gamified  quizzes and interactive lessons. Learners can participate using any device, in live or asynchronous formats.  While Quizizz integrates into Google Classroom,  teachers can  paste a link for students to use in the school's delivery system.  In addition to creating your own quizzes, you may select from thousands of quizzes shared by other teachers on a range of subjects.

Free features:

  • Create polls, checkbox questions, multiple-choice, short answer, and fill-in-the-blank exercises and quizzes
  • Add images to questions and answers
  • Play live or assign for homework
  • Design interactive slide decks. 

Free, premium, and school plans available:

https://quizizz.com

 

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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

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Rachel is an American teacher with a Youtube channel focusing on pronunciation.  She does a weekly live lesson and her website offers more than 400 videos with closed captioning. She covers pronunciation topics such as individual vowel and consonant sounds,  linking, intonation and reductions.  Rachel's playlist also includes Learn English with Movies, Fast English and building vocabulary,  idioms and more.

Free access:

https://rachelsenglish.com

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https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/

This open access journal is published twice yearly by the University of Hawaii.  Issues as far back as 1983 are available  for free online.  Recent article topics include: Constructing Diagnostic Reading Instruments, Lexical profiling and Teaching Vocabulary.

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YouTube video on how to learn English.

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PBLA modules have been added to  the Real World Task Bank. The bank contains 300  "real world" assessments  for use by ESL and LINC instructors.  The bank also contains 16 modules built around 8  topics. The modules  cover CLB 1 and CLB1L  up to CLB 7. Each module includes integrated vocabulary, skill-building, skill-using and assessment tasks for each skill. Students may be assessed using either the skill-using or the formal assessment task.

Search by CLB level   (Literacy Foundation to CLB 7), skill (Listening, Speaking, Reading or Writing) and theme.  The site is password protected. (use password: instructor):

Free access:

http://realworldtasks.ca/login.php

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REEL Canada is a non-profit organization whose its mission is  the promotion of Canadian films in Canadian schools. The organization has put together a  catalogue of films for English learners of all ages, with lesson plans, divided into specific topics including: Indigenous themes, bullying, discrimination, strong female leads, social justice, family and relationships, and more.

Several lessons have been developed using the CLBs and PBLA guidelines.  Lessons are available at no cost by email request.

Free access:

https://www.reelcanada.ca/esl-ell-films/

Sample CLB-PBLA lesson plan:

REEL CANADA - BREAKAWAY - ESL Lesson Guide (CLB Level 5-6)

For additional lesson plans please contact:

contactus@reelcanada.ca

 

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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/

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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/

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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/

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“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/

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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

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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/

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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

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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/

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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/

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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

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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

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“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/

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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/

 

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Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for low-income people living in Ontario. There are 73 community legal clinics across the province offering free advice and assistance for matters such as:

  • social assistance (Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program)
  • Housing (rental issues,  social housing matters)
  • Human rights
  • Workplace safety
  • Employment, workers rights
  • Consumer matters
  • Education
  • Elder law

The clinics are mandated to do community outreach and public legal education; lawyers will come into schools to provide information sessions.

Free access:

http://legalaid.on.ca/clinics

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The Complex English Language Learners (CELLS) tool was produced by the Calgary Board of Education for ELLs who may have special needs. While intended for use elementary and secondary students, the document will be helpful for teachers and administrators in adult settings as well.  The model helps educators to identify concerns and provide ELLs with effective supports.

The document provides descriptions of learning challenges in the following areas: behavioural, communication (listening and speaking), reading, writing, and mathematics. The authors offer linguistic, cultural and other considerations, and provide sample intervention strategies and additional resources.

There are few resources for adult ELLs with learning challenges; this is a helpful guide for all educators.

Free access:

http://teachingrefugees.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CELLS-February-2015.pdf

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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:
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/consumers/home-buying/newcomers

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/

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

Settlement.org Guides are available in 10 languages:

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

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

3. 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

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Creately is a platform for creating colourful graphic organizers, Venn diagrams, storyboards, and flow charts. Diagrams may be useful for organizing lesson plans, classroom activities, and presentations.  For intermediate and advanced learners, there is an effective essay sequence planner and organizer. Free templates are simply designed and easy to populate.

Free access:

https://creately.com/solutions/education/

This website contains reference materials that may be useful to educators working with students with disabilities.  Although the research papers were published for a mainstream audience, they may provide helpful information for those working in an area with limited resources.

Free access:

https://www.norquest.ca/resources-services/resources/educational-resources-for-educators/disability-support-projects.aspx

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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://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/our-resources/publications-resources/elearning-toolkit/

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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://bowvalleycollege.ca/programs-courses/english-language-learning/international-ell

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Best job interview: sample questions, advice.
http://www.best-job-interview.com/job-interview-advice.html

Job profiles (easy to read). Alberta ALIS.
https://alis.alberta.ca/inspire-and-motivate/easy-reading-job-profiles/

Job profiles. Ontario (MAESD). https://www.services.labour.gov.on.ca/labourmarket/search.xhtml

Workplace health and safety: video series. Ontario Ministry of Labour.
https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/elearn/worker/index.php

Apprenticeship in Ontario.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship

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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://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/our-resources/publications-resources/tool_list_category/esl-literacy

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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

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SPEAKING: The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks has provided several exemplars for speaking (from the CLB Support Kit). The webpage contains a series of short videos that demonstrate students speaking at CLB 1 - 12.

Free access:

https://www.language.ca/resourcesexpertise/for-language-teachers/#1473964036135-7ef850af-60b7

LISTENING: The link above also contains 29 exemplars for listening, however the links do not provide any benchmarks. The chart below will assist with aligning the exemplars to their associated CLBs.

Free access:

https://listn.tutela.ca/wp-content/uploads/Listening_Exemplars_Chart_Working_Document.pdf

 

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From the Copian library, this document provides easy access to exemplars for writing. There are four samples for each benchmark, from CLB 1 - 12.  This is downloadable document is section 3 part 4 of the CLB Support Kit.

Free access:

http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cclb/clb_support_kit_sect_3_part_4/clb_support_kit_sect_3_part_4.pdf

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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/

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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

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An interfaith and belonging resource guide from the Canadian Centre for Race Relations.

Free access:
http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/images/Our_Canada/Our-Canada-Handbook-online-20141118.pdf

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The TESL Journal Archives contain a treasure trove of links to a wide variety of resources.  The links are separated into groups for students and teachers. You'll find games, podcasts, quizzes, pronunciation guides, speaking, spelling, and professional development materials.  (Be aware that there are several broken links.)

Free access:

http://iteslj.org/

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You may have heard of jigsaw readings; this website is dedicated to the jigsaw classroom, a co-operative learning technique. The website is designed for mainstream elementary classrooms but the technique can be adapted to adult settings. Developed by American educator Elliot Aronson, the jigsaw technique asks all learners to contribute a valuable piece to a final product. The technique aims to be inclusive, collaborative and motivational, while reducing barriers in the classroom.  The website includes ten steps for organizing jigsaw lessons, and tips for dealing with students who dominate, are bored or competitive.

Free access:

https://www.jigsaw.org/#overview

 

 

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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

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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/

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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/

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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. Topics are generally aligned to CLB levels and stages.

Online resources include topics such as:

  • Settlement
  • Citizenship
  • NFB Short Films
  • PBLA

Free access:
http://www.languagepeelhalton.ca/LINC-Teaching-Resources/

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Larry Ferlazzo is a well-known American high school English teacher-blogger whose website offers numerous resources and reference materials that are useful to teachers who work in adult settings.   He offers: English themes for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, bilingual exercises, and academic reading and writing.

Free access:

http://larryferlazzo.com/english.html

 

 

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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)

There is a strong need for program administrators and instructors to have professional development opportunities available to meet the needs of Literacy learners.

Free access:
https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/our-resources/publications-resources/learning-life-esl-literacy-handbook

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Developed by the B.C. Justice Education Society, this dictionary explains legal terminology.  It is written for a mainstream audience with some knowledge of the law. Some of the entries will be challenging for high level learners. Even so, it the dictionary can serve as a useful reference for teachers and many students.

Free access:

https://www.justiceeducation.ca/legal-dictionary

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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

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

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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

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Updated in 2019, this website has five sections explaining the theory behind PBLA and guidelines for implementation. PBLA Foundations provides a rationale, historical and theoretical contexts for PBLA. PBLA Portfolios explains key elements, components and expectations, plus teaching tips. PBLA Reporting discusses professional judgements, progress reports. PBLA Accountability includes administrator tips. The final section contains Resources, including multilevel modules and a list of training courses.

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

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This is a comprehensive resource developed by Bow Valley College, Alberta. It provides support to instructors teaching contained literacy classes and mixed level classes. There is an instructional framework, plus effective strategies, materials and resources for literacy instruction.

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Here are a few self-care resources for teachers.

The first: Patrice Palmer is a veteran Canadian English educator who specializes in promoting teacher self-care and wellness. For more information, visit
https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricepalmer1

https://www.artreach.org/selfcare

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The following English teacher blogs and websites have been recommended by our members:

Patrice Palmer is a veteran Canadian English language professional. She specializes in teacher self-care.

Free access:

https://www.positiveupside.ca/

TheJoyOfESL: Kelly Morrissey  is a respected Canadian educator and blogger, with lively discussions  on activism, links to other sites, and well developed literacy resources available.

free access:

https://joyofesl.blogspot.com/

EnglishwithJanice:  Ontario teacher and tutor, Janice's website offers resources for children and adults and includes pronunciation, business writing, listening for different levels and more.

free access:

https://www.englishwithjanice.com/

Larry Ferlazzo is an American educator whose blog contains a treasure trove of materials and tech suggestions.

free access:

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

Susan Alyn's Inspiration Lane (American) contains readings content that changes daily. The website can be projected on a whiteboard and can be translated into several languages.

free access:

http://inspirationlane.blogspot.com/

 

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For professionals interested in English teaching opportunities abroad and in the US, Maryville University has created a helpful resource that lists the most popular countries, plus teaching certification requirements for each country, as well as exchange programs and recruiter contacts.

The blog also offers a guide for online teaching,  a list of online communities of teachers, and useful resources.

Free access:

https://online.maryville.edu/blog/english-as-a-second-language-resources-for-educators/

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Well populated with ideas and resources from practitioners, this blog is kept up-to-date and managed by a knowledgeable team. Links are live.

Free access:
http://blog.teslontario.org/my-annotated-web-resource-list/

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TESL Ontario's Contact magazine offers practitioners accessible information on a variety of topics.  The publication accepts submissions from teachers as well.  You will find articles on classroom activities, issues important to the field, reviews of books, websites and films, as well as personal essays.

Free access:

http://contact.teslontario.org

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The TESL Exchange Video Series provides a library of short tutorial resource videos (5 – 15 mins) for English language educators. Check out the following videos: Using Volunteers and Zoom Break-out Rooms and Keeping Order in Online Classrooms. One new video is released each month and posted to the TESL Ontario YouTube Channel.

Free access:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK0AkSZ6rWt03kAR-X-scSbQGerEMJElB

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TESL Ontario's You Tube channel allows users to catch up on webinars, watch videos, and learn about new ideas for classroom activities. You can also share videos that have been helpful in your classroom. Here's an updated list of the webinars.  Free access:

  1. Best Practices in Pronunciation Teaching  https://youtu.be/CnFTtHaipgU
  2. Educational Technology: Remote Learning + Instruction Best Practices  https://youtu.be/CtSWCGn2X80
  3. What's New in the Best Practices Directory in 2020  https://youtu.be/G3r5pKI2FZs
  4. Google Docs - GAFE Tools for ESL. 2017. (Jen Artan): https://youtu.be/gN1SvZLRD3A
  5. Google Slides: G Suite Tools for ESL . 2017. (Anna Bartosik): https://youtu.be/GqE4-95rnM
  6. Activities to Enhance Vocabulary Learning . 2017. (Cecilia Aponte-de-Hanna): https://youtu.be/BG1sMENqz9Y  
  7. Power Listening - Pre-Listening Strategies for Success. 2017. (Munjeera Phillips Jefford): https://youtu.be/fjyRJI8sDiA 
  8. Google Forms - Quizzes, Data Collection, and More . 2017. (Jen Artan): https://youtu.be/ib2E10Lyv7s 
  9. Digital Breakouts using Google Forms & Google Sites. 2017. (Jen Artan):https://youtu.be/2bwrgQEIVlw
  10. The Best Practices Repository. 2018. (Judith Bond): https://youtu.be/bpsCZstj4ik
  11. An Inter-Culturally Sensitive Approach to Address ‘The Issue’ of Plagiarism. 2018. (Dr. Marlon Valencia): https://youtu.be/sgggGEjg9w0 
  12. Understanding Pragmatics. 2018. (Jen Artan): https://youtu.be/jg0mvTX1XxI
  13. Teaching Intercultural Awareness and Communication. 2018.  (Yecid Ortega): https://youtu.be/-1Vd58_2G6w
  14. Répertoire ontarien des pratiques exemplaires en matière de formation linguistique (FSL). 2018. (Simona Sunara): https://youtu.be/xcV9pW5FvQg
  15. Personalized Learning for Adult Language Learners. 2018.  (Jen Artan and Nancy Van Dorp): https://youtu.be/3BtGfRJvDFA 
  16. SMDs in the Adult Language Learning Classroom (Small Mobile Devices). 2018. (Jen Artan): https://youtu.be/lpd8Ol01v6E
  17. Project Based Learning. 2018. (Jen Artan): https://youtu.be/qo6jB9eAafc
  18. Task Based Language Teaching. 2019. (Leo Gomez and Michael Landry): https://youtu.be/BsgX5rtvdNQ
  19. Répertoire ontarien des pratiques exemplaires en matière de formation linguistique (FSL). 2019.  (Simona Sunara): https://youtu.be/X8PGVeGC7W8
  20. Using Reflection in the Language Learning Classroom. 2019. (Anna Bartosik): https://youtu.be/5iZY_VFlfHY
  21. Digital Backchannels . 2019. (Jen Artan): https://youtu.be/lTAvui-oNLE
  22. Importance of Lesson Planning. 2019. (Jen Artan): https://youtu.be/voZvzZI2VXo
  23. Creating Assessments - Receptive vs Productive Skills. 2019. (Anna Bartosik): https://youtu.be/z7OquvvqQR8   
  24. A critical look at Open Source Learning Management Systems 2020. (Jen Artan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G41cD1g-5mo

    Main page:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB8jCi0be7y9jPgVN7wjdcQ 

     

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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://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/our-resources/publications-resources/integration-advantage

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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

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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/

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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/

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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

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What Matters in Indigenous Education: Implementing a Vision Committed to Holism, Diversity and Engagement was developed by the non-profit group, People for Education to  explore Indigenous approaches to education. Written by Ojibwe scholar Pamela Rose Toulouse, there are 3 sections that cover: Indigenous Issues and Pedagogy; Linking skills and competencies to the Medicine Wheel; Indigenous worldview in the classroom and beyond.  The goal is to encourage the creation of more holistic and inclusive learning environments for all students, grounded in Indigenous knowledge.

Free access:

Directory_ MWM-What-Matters-in-Indigenous-Education

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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/product/work-ready-clb-resources-for-counselling-hiring-and-working-with-internationally-trained-individuals-pdf-e/

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The goal of this resource (developed by BC TEAL and CLB aligned), is to support male students to discuss men's health issues and address barriers to physical and mental wellness in a safe environment.

The resource aims to draw on the knowledge and experiences of refugee men to facilitate access to health services, and address stigma around mental health issues, feelings of isolation, and cultural differences around expectations of men in home countries and Canada.

The document has four sections: Pathways to Wellness, Addressing Health Issues, Connecting to Community, Building Relationships. It includes a teacher's guide, lesson plans with clear illustrations. Lesson plan topics include: mental health, nutrition, talking to a doctor, male roles, and fatherhood.

(See notes on pages 3-4 on suggestions for implementation.)

Free access:

https://www.bcteal.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Refugee-Mens-Health-2019-for-Web.pdf

 

 

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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

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This multilevel curriculum for CLB 2–4 multilevel classes was developed by NorQuest College for rural Alberta learners. The document is 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

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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

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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

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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/

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Skills for Work series contains a 2 level "gamefied" curriculum to increase the engagement of language learners in online classrooms. Designed  by AWES (Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society), the courses focus on building language, essential skills, and knowledge of workplace culture. The goal is to break down barriers and be accessible to individuals who have limited access to other mainstream training services. The courses can be completed on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone at the pace best suited for the learner.  Level 1: the first 9 courses are targeted to CLB 3-5 and incorporate basic English. Level 2  courses move into CLB 6-8 for intermediate levels of English.

Free access:

https://awes.ca/blog/skills-for-work/

 

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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/

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This American website contains pronunciation for lower and intermediate learners.  Created by veteran English language teachers for younger learners, the activities are suitable for adults as well. The games are intended for classroom use and may be adaptable to online settings.  Pronunciation activities include materials and lesson instructions. Sample games and warm-ups:  Pronunciation Partners game, Word Stress Bingo, and Pronunciation Pyramids syllable game.

Free access:

https://www.soundsofenglish.org

 

 

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For a limited time, teachers and students will have free access to Spelling City. (Use code: VSCFree90. ) This website provides  interactive vocabulary and spelling  activities for English learners and mainstream students.  Spelling City allows teachers to create and customize their own spelling/vocabulary lists for classes, which are turned into enjoyable learning activities for student practice. The activities were designed to meet the needs of all learners, including those with learning challenges. The website also has pre-set  lists and games that students can also access.  Premium accounts can be purchased schools.  Free basic memberships with limited access are also available.

Free and paid access:

https://www.spellingcity.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
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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

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This website is a partnership of provincial legal organizations, and  provides information about the law in Ontario in an accessible step-by-step format. The site helps individuals work through legal problems by providing practical information, including filling out legal forms and drafting letters.  There are "guided pathways" to help individuals learn about Family Law, Housing Law and Powers of Attorney. The site also covers a variety of legal topics, including immigration and refugee law, family violence, income assistance, tribunals and courts (and more).  The language level may be most suitable for Stage 2 learners but teachers and students will find the resources, including videos, very helpful.

Free access:

https://stepstojustice.ca

 

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This British storytelling website contains audio and text for each story. The intended audience is children; however, the stories are universal and applicable to English learners of all ages. The site includes myths and tales from around the world, plus audio chapter books including the Wizard of Oz and Sherlock Holmes.  Suitable for intermediate and higher level students.

Free access:

https://www.storynory.com/

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Designed for students for independent practice, this website can also be used in class.

English practice for learners. There are five levels from Upper Beginner to Advanced (not linked to CLB).  Learners can choose from  short reading and listening passages with comprehension and vocabulary exercises, puzzles, and grammar activities for each level. The Advanced level also has Critical Reading practice exercises suitable for academic skill building.

Free access.https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone

 

This online resource (based on Hong Kong) offers activities, worksheets, games and teaching advice for all levels. Many of the resources are free but there is also a $39 membership subscription to access to all materials