Improving the Instructional Program

School and system leaders work to improve the instructional program for English language learners in a number of ways, including:

  • providing advice to teachers on how to meet the needs of English language learners by providing appropriate adaptations to support learning (modifications and accommodations)
  • assisting staff in understanding the importance of assessment for, of and as learning for ELLs
  • using multiple sources of evidence when analyzing student progress giving priority to identifying those English language learners most in need of additional support due to limited prior schooling
Key resources have been organized according to frequently asked questions.

What ministry documents support teachers in modifying expectations and selecting appropriate accommodations/strategies to support the success of ELL?
Many Roots, Many Voices, Tips for The Classroom pp. 7 – 32   PDF
Supporting English language learners A Practical Guide for Ontario Educators Adapting the Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8 pp. 49-83   PDF
Ontario Curriculum: Grade 9 – 12
Some Considerations for Program Planning in ESL and ELD Instructional Approaches and Teaching Strategies pp. 38-48
Growing Success:
Chapter 8 English language learners: Reporting, Modifications and Accommodations pp. 76 – 78
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How can the school support all classroom teachers select appropriate accommodations and effective instructional strategies for English language learners?
STEP - On-going User Guide Strategies to Support ELL pp. 20 – 22*   PDF
A World of Words What Works? Research into Practice Special Edition #11
Researchers have found a strong correlation between vocabulary knowledge, reading comprehension and academic performance. This monograph describes practical instructional strategies to support the development of academic language for ELL and all students across the curriculum.
TIPS for ELL Developing Mathematical Literacy, Grade 7 - 10 (2005)
This resource contains models of differentiating instruction and assessment for ELLs so they can achieve literacy and mathematics goals. The intent is to help teachers of mathematics develop instructional practices that allow multiple entry points and multiple pathways to mastering content knowledge while promoting academic language development.
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ESL in the Mathematics Classroom What Works? Research into Practice (2008)
This monograph describes how educators can support ELLs to succeed in mathematics even as they are learning English.

How can the school support students who arrive with limited prior schooling?
English Literacy Development - Capacity Building Series #36 (April 2014)
This monograph provides an overview of promising practices to build and accelerate the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills for ELL with limited prior schooling.
Supporting ELL with Limited Prior Schooling
This document describes the ELL with limited prior schooling and provides information on assessment, instruction and transitions of these students.
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Supporting an English Literacy Development Program Video and Print Resources
The videos featured in this resource provide a rich source of effective practices related to English Literacy Development (ELD) programs in Ontario. Examples presented may be considered by educators as ideas and suggestions for use in the classroom, school and board-wide. These videos also highlight approaches for elementary and secondary panels as they welcome newcomers and work with community partners in situations where students are arriving with limited prior and interrupted schooling
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NEWHow do I support students who arrive with Limited Prior Schooling?
Supporting Syrian Newcomers
This powerpoint titled Supporting English Language Learners:  The Role of Administrators in Welcoming and Programming for Newcomers Requiring ELD Programs in Ontario Classrooms was a part of an Adobe Connect session held on January 20 and 21, 2016.  This powerpoint can be used by school leaders to reflect upon how they can support newcomer students, their families and the educators that support these students.

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