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learning to adapt

Learning to Adapt

Making Curriculum Accessible to English Language Learners

who is an ell student
Who is an ELL Student?
  • The term English language learner (ELL) has come into increasing use internationally among educators and researchers because it distinguishes the students themselves from the programs that support their language learning needs.L1 is the term that may be used in place of first language or home language.Many Roots, Many Voices, 2005
  • English language learners are students in provincially funded schools whose first language is a language other than English, or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the variety used for instruction in Ontario’s schools, and who may require focussed educational supports to assist them in attaining proficiency in English.
  • These students may be Canadian born or recently arrived from other countries. They come from diverse backgrounds and school experiences, and have a wide variety of strengths and needs.
  • English is an international language, and many varieties of English – sometimes referred to as dialects – are spoken around the world. Standard English is the variety of English that is used as the language of education, law, and government in English-speaking countries. Some varieties of English are very different – not only in pronunciation or accent but also in vocabulary and sentence structure – from the English required for success in Ontario schools. Some varieties are so different from standard English that many linguists consider them to be languages in their own right. English Language Learners/ESL and ELD Programs and Services: Policies and Procedures for Ontario Elementary and Secondary Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2007, 1.2.
what is the difference between esl and eld
What is the Difference Between ESL and ELD?
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, are for students whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools. Students in these programs have had educational opportunities to develop age-appropriate first-language literacy skills.
  • English Literacy Development (ELD) programs, which are for students whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools. Students in these programs are most often from countries in which their access to education has been limited, and they have had limited opportunities to develop language and literacy skills in any language. Schooling in their countries of origin has been inconsistent, disrupted, or even completely unavailable throughout the years that these children would otherwise have been in school. As a result, they arrive in Ontario schools with significant gaps in their education.

English Language Learners/ESL and ELD Programs and Services: Policies and Procedures for Ontario Elementary and Secondary Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2007, 2.5.1. Support material.

  • ESL and ELD programs are two distinct programs to meet the needs of very different groups of students. ESL programs serve students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In acknowledging that ELD programs serve students with significant educational gaps, ELD begins in Grade 3, since students will not have had significant gaps if they are in Kindergarten, Grade 1, or Grade 2. ELD programs help students accelerate their learning of content and literacy skills appropriate to their age. They prepare students to transfer to ESL programs where students have age-appropriate literacy skills.
social studies history units for english language learners
Social Studies/History Units for English Language Learners

Introduction to Communities Module (Junior/Intermediate)

Aboriginal and European Communities Module (Grade 6)

Conflict and Change History Module (Grade 7)

The Development and Growth of Canada History Module (Grade 8)

  • There is an accompanying front matter section that covers all of the modules:

Front Matter

adapted science units for ell s
Adapted Science Units for ELL’S

Grade 1 ELD Science Units

Grade 2 ELD Science Units

Grade 3 ELD Science Units

Grade 4 ELD Science Units

Grade 5 ELD Science Units

Grade 6 ELD Science Units

Grade 7 ELD Science Units

Grade 8 ELD Science Units

sample adapted unit frameworks for grades 2 5 7 see section 3 p p 49 99

Sample Adapted Unit Frameworks for grades 2, 5, 7 (See Section 3, p.p. 49-99)

Supporting English Language Learners - A Practical Guide For Educators Grades 1-8, 2008

sample adaptations and modifications from selected teaching units for grades 1 8 see p p 55 121

Sample Adaptations and Modifications from Selected Teaching Units for Grades1-8(See p.p. 55-121)

The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8 ESL and ELD - A Resource Guide, 2001

strategies for supporting ell s
Strategies for Supporting ELL’s

Strategies for Supporting ELL’s in the Classroom

Supporting English Language Learners – A Practical Guide for Educators Grades 1-8, 2008

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Teaching and Assessment Strategies to Support English Language Learners

The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1–8 – ESL and ELD: A Resource Guide, 2001

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  • Many Roots Many Voices - Supporting English Language Learners in Every Classroom
tdsb resources for ell s
TDSB Resources for ELL’s

This link will take you directly to TDSB’s Esl/Eld website. The website can also be accessed via the Teaching and Learning section in School Services. Be sure to check out the Multilingual Math and Science Glossaries!

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helpful websites
Helpful Websites

Websites to Learn More about Supporting English Language Learners

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Math Websites

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Great Educational Websites

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multilingual resources for parents
Multilingual Resources for Parents

This link will take you directly to TDSB’s ESL/ELD website. The website can also be accessed via the Teaching and Learning section in School Services.

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