The following blog post was written by Veena Zarour-Murthy, a faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
Funded by Alberta Open Education Resources (ABOER) and made possible through an investment from the Alberta Government, the CEIIA recently created and designed an ELL e-textbook. The e-textbook is available as an OER and can be accessed at: https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/publications
The e-textbook, which focuses on the CLB 5/6 learner, is rich in content. The content aims at building both language and intercultural competence. Each chapter has the following components:
- An introduction with the objectives and a video task. The video and the focus questions for the task help to develop noticing skills in learners and promote discussions about the similarities and differences between their home culture and their new culture.
- A reading section with a reading passage and pre- and post-reading activities. The section also has a reading progress check, which gives learners an opportunity for self-assessment.
- A listening section with two listening texts with pre- and post-listening activities. This section also has a listening progress check, which provides further listening practice and an opportunity for self-assessment.
- A writing section with pre-writing tasks, writing practice, and a progress check. A rubric has been provided for use with writing tasks.
- A speaking section with pronunciation, speaking practice, and a progress check. A rubric has been provided for use with the speaking tasks.
- A wrap-up with discussion, reflection, and extension tasks. The extension activities include vocabulary log activities, opportunities for connecting with the community through interview tasks, and opportunities for research.
Throughout the book, learners meet with two important characters - a Strategy Coach and a Workplace Mentor. The Strategy Coach helps learners understand some important strategies for the development of language skills. The Workplace Mentor helps learners develop their knowledge about the general workplace culture in Canada.
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