An Introduction to the ESL Literacy Network Valerie Millar Sept. 2011
LESLLA learners are adults whoare learning to speak English atthe same time as they arelearning to read and write forthe first time.They are not yet able to usereading to learn and are,instead, trying to learn to readwhat they know orally.
Introducing the ESL Literacy Network The ESL Literacy Network is a website for ESL literacy practitioners to explore best practices, teaching techniques, and curriculum development. It is a place to find classroom ideas and resources. www.esl-literacy.com
Introducing the ESL Literacy NetworkYou will find: •Background information on ESL literacy •Resources for program providers • best practices, curriculum framework • Resources for instructors •ESL literacy readers • Videos on teaching techniques •Professional Development resources • Links to external ESL literacy resources • BVC published resources
Introducing Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework The ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework: • provides information, guidance and a structure that guides ESL literacy practitioners through a process of curriculum development • addresses curriculum development from both programming and instructional perspectives
Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework Outlines a process for curriculum development in 5 stages: • Stage 1: Understand Needs • Stage 2: Determine Focus • Stage 3: Set Learning Outcomes • Stage 4: Integrate Assessment • Stage 5: Demonstrate Accountability
Each StageIncludes….• Background information & theory• Program principles (for programmers)• Classroom concept (for teachers)Is supported by…• Resources available on the ESL Literacy Network
Stage 3: Set Learning Outcomes Key Elements: • Classroom guidelines for teaching learning outcomes Theme teaching Explicit strategy instruction • Learning outcomes in 4 strands Reading Writing Literacy strategies Habits of mind
Professional Development: Use the Blog to:– learn new teaching ideas– connect with practitioners to share ideas– join the online reading circle to find out about current research, theory and resources
Thank you! I hope you explore the ESL Literacy Network and use the many samples available.Contact information:Val Millar email@example.comDiane Hardy firstname.lastname@example.orgShelagh Lenon email@example.com
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