Calling all LINC instructors and administrators! TIES is currently completing the development of multi-level PBLA modules and assessments for use in your online classroom. These materials are free to access: simply click on your desired format (Word or PDF) to download below.
Each module contains:
This page will be updated regularly, so check back in the future for additional modules! If you have any questions about these resources, please contact email@example.com.
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With the Indigenous Voices in the Classroom (IVC) project, TIES, in partnership with Centre for Newcomers (CFN), aims to address the historic prejudice and discrimination that has silenced Indigenous people in every region of Canada and alienated our Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
Building on the knowledge and experience shared by Indigenous Elders and community members from across southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, TIES and CFN have created comprehensive lesson plans for CLB 2 and CLB 4 learners in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. This curriculum was first piloted in LINC classrooms at TIES and CFN in August 2019.
With the advent of residential schools, Indigenous ways of being, knowing, speaking, and sharing were systematically erased in the classroom. While strides have been made in recent years to bring Indigenous voices back to the table, Indigenous Canadians still endure the silencing and the stigma that those racist views inflicted, and are not considered equal partners in Confederation.
This historic alienation has resulted in a lack of healthy vocabulary around Indigenous people and traditions, and many non-Indigenous teachers lack the confidence to address Canada’s historic atrocities in the classroom, often avoiding the issue completely. As such, when newcomers arrive in Canada, unless they are exposed to sensitive, culturally aware instructors who prioritize bringing Indigenous voices into their classroom, they risk total ignorance of their new country’s original inhabitants for lack of opportunities to interact with those communities or learn about them. This risks their indoctrination into the well-worn prejudice that so many Canadians share.
By bringing Indigenous voices and faces into the LINC classroom, Indigenous stories and storytellers become tangible and real and shed the stigma of being the faceless “other.” By learning from real people and their stories, newcomers can build knowledge and insight into the successes and challenges that these communities face today. When these relationships are built, teachers and administrators are empowered to introduce Indigenous history and culture to newcomer classrooms with more frequency, insight, and sensitivity. Newcomers are encouraged to build relationships with Indigenous communities and can avoid the traditional societal prejudice affecting Canadian society today.
To reach these goals, project curriculum developers from TIES and CFN worked together with Indigenous Elders and community members from across southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. As these community members shared their stories and knowledge with the project, over 150 pages of CLB 2 and over 200 pages of CLB 4-appropriate lesson plans for LINC and ESL learners were developed.
To download the curriculum booklet for both projects, please click the following:
Whitney Loewen, Manager, e-Learning and Special Projects
The Immigrant Education Society
Ph: 403-291-0002 ex. 321
Suzanne Clavelle, Lead Curriculum Developer
The Immigrant Education Society
Lesley Trussler, Co-Curriculum Developer
Centre for Newcomers
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The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.