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Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

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Bow Valley College presents at ATESL: A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

Bow Valley College presented a brand-new resource on ESL literacy at the 2019 ATESL conference hosted in Edmonton. The resource is A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy   Based on a blend of applied research and teaching practice, it is a thorough, useful, and intentional exploration of teaching ESL literacy.

ESL literacy learners are developing language skills and literacy skills at the same time. Increasing numbers of immigrants and refugees arrive in Canada with ESL literacy learning requirements. They bring a unique mix of knowledge and experience to our classrooms; they also have learning needs that set them apart from other adult learners. With support and effective instruction, these learners can go on to meet their goals in settlement, education, and employment.

A Practical Guide discusses effective instruction and the development of language and literacy skills for ESL literacy learners. It includes:

  • An Introduction to ESL Literacy
  • The Framework of Literacy Skills for Adult ESL Literacy Learners
  • Creating an Effective Learning Environment
  • Planning Instruction
  • Approaches to Teaching Oral Language Skills
  • Approaches to Teaching Literacy Skills
  • Materials and Resources

The resource recognizes the unique learning needs of ESL literacy learners and strives to give instructors the tools they need to meet these needs. The resource includes The Framework of Literacy Skills for Adult ESL Literacy Learners, which is a map of the development of literacy skills. The resource also includes practical and specific suggestions of teaching approaches for developing oral and literacy skills for ESL literacy learners. Grounded in theory and research, the resource also includes examples from the classroom, useful tips, photographs, and suggested activities.

More than 70 ELL practitioners from across Alberta gathered at the presentation at ATESL to learn about the new resource. Several printed and bound copies of the resource were raffled off with winners from Edmonton, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat. 

The resource is available to download on the School of Global Access website:

https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/products-services/practical-guide-teaching-esl-literacy

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