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“My Canadian English” YouTube Channel

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by Shona Nichols Shona Nichols loves travelling, teaching English, and being a life-long learner. She has taught in LINC programs in Edmonton, both in-person and online. The COVID-19 pandemic provided the opportunity/inspiration to create her own YouTube channel, My Canadian English. She has a BA (English) and LLB, and will...

My Experience Teaching a CCLB Module: “Dealing with Emergencies” (CLB 1-2)

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by Patricia LenLINC Literacy Instructor at TIES Teaching the Dealing with Emergencies module was a great, positive experience for me and my students! I teach a full-time Literacy 1/2 split class online. I used this module before the Literacy module was released by the CCLB. There are now three dedicated literacy...

Helping Literacy Learners find Structure in English: Modified Functional Grammar

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by Jean Campbell Jean Campbell has a passion for helping ESL literacy learners and literacy teachers excel. She is the Literacy Coordinator for the Saskatoon Open Door Society where she has taught LINC literacy-designated classes for 19 years. She has a Master’s Degree in TESOL and wrote and teaches the...

The Whole-Part-Whole Approach for Literacy Instruction

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by Jeremy Wilson Literacy Centre of Expertise Assistant If you have been teaching EAL literacy for any amount of time or have looked through the CCLB’s ESL for ALL, you have likely come across the model known as Whole-Part-Whole (WPW). Used in many areas where complex skills are being developed...

Preparing EAL Literacy Learners for the Canadian Workforce

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by Terri PetersTerri Peters has been in the field of adult literacy and learning for the past 20 years. She is currently a learner experience designer and consultant. She loves to develop fun ways to facilitate learning that keeps adults engaged and motivated. Her areas of expertise include adult literacy...

Breaking Down the Continuum of Reading Skills into Literacy Levels

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by Donna Clarke Literacy Centre of Expertise Lead Many first-language learners don’t realize the depth of their reading skills. I certainly didn’t until I started teaching literacy learners. In ESL for ALL, these skills are broken down into specific parts. It is a great resource that all literacy teachers should know and use...

Moving ESL Literacy Classes to Virtual Environments

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by Theresa WallTheresa Wall is an educational consultant specializing in second language and literacy acquisition. She has worked extensively with LESLLA learners, first as an adult ELL literacy teacher and then in her role as a learning support specialist, where she developed interventions to support learners. Theresa led a group...

A-C-E: Three Things I Learned While Teaching Literacy

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by Joanne Hingley Joanne Hingley has been teaching for over 20 years.  She loves following and applying research that represents best practices in the teaching and acquisition of reading, writing and numeration skills.  She is currently teaching a Literacy and Basic English class at TIES. I have three ideas that...

Printable Alphabet Flashcards and Activities

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by Donna ClarkeLiteracy Centre of Expertise LeadThe Reading Room at TIES needed new alphabet flashcards for one-on-one tutoring, and our literacy teachers needed adult-focused flashcards for their classes. So, I started my search. I wanted:One-sided cardsUpper- and lower-case letters on separate cardsA photo image that literacy students could easily interpretA...