The following blog post was written by Emily Albertsen and Jennifer Acevedo, faculty members at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA). This blog post is part of our Conference Reflection blog series. Jennifer and Emily attended the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) conference this past October.
At this year’s ATESL conference, we had the pleasure of co-presenting Meeting the needs of ESL literacy learners: CCLB resources for ESL literacy instruction to a very dedicated, enthusiastic group of ESL literacy instructors. This presentation focused on the ESL literacy resources that the Centre for Canadian Literacy Benchmarks (CCLB) has available to support ESL literacy.
CCLB ESL Literacy Resources
Kathy Hughes from the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks showcased the suite of ESL literacy resources that are available for ESL literacy instructors:
- Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL)
- An Online Orientation to ESL for ALL (online course)
- CLB: ESL for ALL Support Kit
- CLB: ESL for ALL Support Kit Training (online course)
Kathy also shared with us that the CCLB is currently working on creating a new literacy placement test to align with the updated benchmarks. Keep an eye on the CCLB website for news about when it will be ready for use in testing centres.
ESL for ALL and the Continuum of Literacy Skills
Our part of the presentation focused on the Continuum of Literacy Skills in ESL for ALL.
The Continuum of Literacy Skills is a useful support when teaching ESL literacy learners.
The Continuum of Literacy Skills can be found in Part 3 of ESL for ALL. It is a very helpful reference for instructors of ESL literacy learners. It describes the skills, knowledge, and strategies that ESL literacy learners need to develop to support their language learning and daily activities. It breaks these skills, knowledge, and strategies down into nine specific categories for each of the strands of reading and writing and then describes how they progress incrementally. The Continuum of Literacy Skills is a useful support when teaching ESL literacy learners.
- When using the Canadian Language Benchmarks for ESL literacy learners, refer to the Continuum of Literacy Skills to identify the literacy skills incorporated in Ianguage tasks.
- The Continuum of Literacy Skills illustrates the progression of skill development as learners develop their literacy skills, strategies, and knowledge. It will help you identify where to start when helping your learners develop their literacy skills.
- If you have learners who are struggling with certain language tasks, refer to the continuum to identify where they may have gaps in their literacy skills.
- If you are using the whole-part-whole approach in your teaching, the Continuum of Literacy Skills identifies the “parts” that need to be explicitly taught.
The next time you are planning activities for your ESL literacy learners, refer to the Continuum of Literacy Skills to help identify the literacy skills involved.