The English as a Second Language Council (ESLC) acts as an advocate on behalf of students learning English as a Second Language and seeks to constantly improve and promote the teaching of English as a Second Language.
ESL programs help students learn English while also learning about Canadian cultural values, customs and social expectations. The goal of ESL programs is to provide students with planned systematic instruction and support that will enable them to speak the English language fluently, further their education and become productive and contributing members of Albertan and Canadian society.
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CTF launches a new teacher resource to open discussion on truth and reconciliation
October 14, 2016 OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to release a new teacher resource entitled Truth and Reconciliation: What is it about?, a classroom discussion booklet developed by CTF and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The booklet is now available through CTF’s Publications Catalogue. “This booklet aims to support dialogue about residential schools and to explore how they have hurt generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people,” says CTF President Heather Smith. “It is important that students better understand the history of residential schools and how Canadians must work collectively as part of the reconciliation process.” This new resource offers first voice content from students—some Indigenous and non-Indigenous—through words, thoughts, drawings and poems. This creative expression project was conducted as part of CTF’s social justice program, Imagineaction. CTF’s Speak Truth to Power Canada is yet another rich educational resource available to teachers that features lesson plans and resources on Truth and Reconciliation. Please visit: http://sttpcanada.ctf-fce.ca/lessons/wilton-littlechild/ For more information, read the June 2016 issue of Perspectives magazine on First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education. Founded in 1920, the CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent nearly 231,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International. @CanTeachersFed
Alberta Teachers Encouraged to Complete Curriculum Survey
Alberta Education has launched an online survey to gather input as part of an ongoing review of the province’s K–12 curriculum, and the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) is strongly encouraging all teachers to take the time to complete the survey. Over the next six years, Alberta Education will be introducing new curriculum in all grades across the subject areas of language arts (English, Français, French), math, social studies, sciences, arts and wellness education. “Teachers today have the best opportunity they have ever had to make a real, meaningful impact on the design of public education in Alberta,” said ATA President Mark Ramsankar. “Renewing Alberta’s curriculum across eight subject areas at all grade levels is an extensive project and we must ensure teachers’ voices are clearly heard.” The first part of the two-part survey includes 12 questions of a general nature and is estimated to take seven minutes to complete. The second part of the survey goes through specific questions related to the current curriculum of each of the eight subject areas under review. Most questions ask respondents if the various pieces of content need to have an increased or decreased emphasis or whether they should remain “as is.” Participants can complete as much or as little of the second part as they are interested in. The online survey, which can be accessedfrom multiple electronic devices, will close on November 18. Alberta Education will also be working with the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia to host face-to-face discussions over the same time period. Information on these sessions can be found at www.arpdc.ab.ca. Additional opportunities for teacher input will be available throughout the program drafting process. Visit curriculumsurvey.alberta.ca to take the survey now.