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Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook

Abstract: 
This handbook is designed for instructors, program coordinators, and other stakeholders in ESL literacy. Section 1 outlines promising practices in program considerations by identifying ESL literacy learners, and discussing assessment of learner and community needs for the development of program goals. Also included in this section are strategies for learner placement and learner support both inside and outside of the classroom. Section 2 focuses on classroom strategies: theories, methodology, approaches, and techniques. Themes developed in this section include the need to teach oral fluency and vocabulary before teaching the same ideas in writing; the need to teach strategies for reading, writing and learning; and the need to scaffold, recycle, and spiral material. Section 3 examines 4 levels of ESL Literacy in depth: Foundation Phase, Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III (based on the CLB2000: ESL for Literacy Learners document). For each level, the stories and experiences of individual learners at that level are woven through descriptions of a learner profile, outcomes, activities and approaches, samples of materials, classroom routines, and sample units and lesson plans. The document concludes with a discussion of innovative directions in ESL literacy. Appendixes include an ESL Literacy Toolbox, a literature review of the field of ESL literacy, and an annotated bibliography of relevant sources in the field.
Source/Producer: 
Bow Valley College
Author: 
Diane Hardy, Project Coordinator; Emily Albertsen & Valerie Millar, Eds
Publish Date: 
2009
Keywords: 
handbook, guide, instructor resource, learner placement, learner support, literacy assessment, teaching strategies, literacy levels, foundation phase, phase I, phase II, phase III, methodology, methods, techniques
Funding Source: 
Alberta Employment and Immigration
Availability of Document: 
To order the book, contact Pam Brah.
Website: 
http://www.esl-literacy.com/toolbox
Contact: 
Pam Brah pbrah@bowvalleycollege.ca 403-410-3218
Contact Email: 
pbrah@bowvalleycollege.ca
Bow Valley College
Diane Hardy, Project Coordinator; Emily Albertsen & Valerie Millar, Eds
2009
handbook, guide, instructor resource, learner placement, learner support, literacy assessment, teaching strategies, literacy levels, foundation phase, phase I, phase II, phase III, methodology, methods, techniques
Alberta Employment and Immigration
To order the book, contact Pam Brah.
Pam Brah pbrah@bowvalleycollege.ca 403-410-3218
pbrah@bowvalleycollege.ca