Professional development

Found on the Canadian Encyclopedia website, this guide was developed by Indigenous scholars to provide an alternative view of Canadian history from Indigenous perspectives. The guide is intended for mainstream students, but activities include adaptations for English learners under “modifications”  – suitable for advanced learners.

Free access:

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

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.

Free access:

http://film-english.com/

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/resources/legal-tip-sheet-kit/

 

 

Professional development made easy!  This website contains short, digestible summaries of current research on language learning and teaching.  These articles normally appear in academic journals and are often hidden behind paywalls, making them inaccessible to most classroom teachers.  The website also provides a list of Open Access journals and welcomes contributions from educators.

Free access:

http://www.eltresearchbites.com/

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

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