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Program Planning and Assessment 

Planning ESL Instruction Module

In the Planning ESL Instruction Module, we have compiled a series of checklists, reference materials and teaching ideas that are specific to planning ESL instruction. If you are wondering how to begin or improve your planning of instruction for English Language Learners, this may be a good place to start.


The resources below are meant to provide additional guidance regarding program planning and assessment practices for English language learners. 

Books & Journals       Internet Resources       Video Resources       Theses        Reviews

You may also find our streamed video resources relevant, especially Sections 4-5 from each of the Primary/Middle/Senior School videos in the ESL Infusion Series, which deal with Appropriate Teaching Strategies and Programs for ESL Students.

Books & Journals

The following books and journals can also be found at the OISE Library.

Reading for the write reasons: English reading and writing for advanced ESL Students.
Aziz-Canuel, Donna (1997).
Scarborough, Ontario.: Prentice Hall Regents Canada

Promoting Success in your classroom: Instruction and assessment of ESL learners.
Brownlie, F., Feniak, C. and McCarthy, V. (2000).
Vancouver, BC: Collaboration Works. Unit Plans for Grades 1-9

Classroom Teacher's ESL Survival Kit #1.
Claire, E. and Haynes, J. (1994).
Chapter 11 (Testing, report cards, and parent conferences)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents.

Assessment and intervention with culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
Cummins, J. (2001).
Chapter 7 (Assessment and intervention with culturally and linguistically diverse learners)

Selecting materials for the reading instruction of ESL children.
Garibaldi, A.V. (1994).
In K. Spangenberg-Urbaschat and R. Pritchard (Eds.). Kids come in all languages: Reading instruction for ESL students (p. 108-131). Newark, DL: International Reading Association.

Classroom-Based Evaluation in Second Language Education.

Genesee, F., & Upshur, J.A. (1996).
Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Turning on learning: Five approaches for multicultural teaching plans for race, class, gender, and disability.
Grant, C., & Sleeter, C. (1998).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Inc.

Side by Side, 2nd edition.
Molinsky S., & Bliss, B. (1998).
New Jersey.: Prentice Hall regents

Tour of the curriculum unit planner.
Ontario Ministry of Education. (2001).
Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.

Classroom teacher's survival guide: Practical strategies, management techniques, and reproducibles for new and experienced teachers.
Partin, R. (1995).
New York, NY: The Centre for Applied Research in Education. Chapter 2 (Creating successful lessons)

When they don't all speak English: Integrating the ESL student into the regular classroom.
Rigg, P., & Allen, V. (Eds.) (1989).
Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
Chapter 1 (A quality program for learners of English as a second language)
Chapter 5 (Language experience approach: Reading naturally)
Chapter 10 ("Teaching" English through content-area activities)

New ways in teaching English at the secondary level.
Short, D. (Ed.) (1999).
Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. Daily math journal: What did I learn, and how can I use it? How big is it anyway? Supply and demand. Question mapping for science or social studies. Reading across the curriculum: A genre-based perspective.

Effective math and science instruction: The project approach for LEP students.
Vigil, J. (1998).
Intercultural Development Research Association Newsletter, March, 1-2.

Access and engagement: Program design and instructional approaches for immigrant students in secondary school.
Walqui, A. (2000).
McHenry, IL: Cnter for Applied Linguistics.

Preparing ESL students to meet the new standards.
Wertheimer, C. and Honigsfeld, A. (2000).
TESOL Journal, 9, (1), 23-28.

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Internet Resources


An article providing an in-depth discussion of epistemological and ontological ideas behind mathematical ESL education

Teaching Mathematics to ESL Students

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation The center, located at the University of Maryland, Department of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation, is one of 16 subject-oriented clearinghouses operated by the U .S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. ERICI AB is viewed as the central source for assessment and evaluation information. There is a wide assortment of links to assessment and evaluation resources on the Internet for such topics as action research, computer-assisted testing, demographics, elementary and secondary education, and home schooling, to list but a few. There are also links to related journals, newsletters, and reports on assessment and evaluation.

The Idea Oral Language Proficiency Test

Classroom Planning with ESL in Mind

ESL classroom and support materials, and guidelines for curriculum and assessment from the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. Also includes links to professional development, organizational contacts and a range of online links.

The WWW sites linked from this page provide practical assistance for ESL teachers wanting to use the internet as part of their classroom planning and instruction.

Resources from Judie Haynes, an American ESL teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. Includes lesson plans and teaching tips for teachers across the curriculum.

Practical ideas on alternative assessment for ESL students

The site of the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks with information related to assessment and tools developed for use in the field of ESL.

Authentic Assessment Techniques in K-6 Classrooms This site contains large amounts of good information on assessment measures including definitions of different assessment tools and a wide range of links to a variety of professional resources and other Web sites.

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Video Resources


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Exploring the Establishment of Scoring Criteria for Writing Ability in a Second Language: The Influence of Background Factors on Variability in the Decision-Making Processes of Four Experienced Raters of ESL Compositions
Erdosy,  Muhammad Usman (2000).

The Effects of Content Knowledge From Reading on Adult ESL Students' Written Compositions in an English Language Test Using Reading and Writing Modules
Esmaeili, Hameed (2000).  
“A Case Study on Multi-level Language Ability Groupings in an ESL Secondary School Classroom: Are we Making the Right Choices?”
Soto Gordon, Stephanie (2010).

You're Never Really Gonna be eliminating them: A Phenomenological Study of ESL Instructors' Perceptions of Written Errors Among Adult ESL Learners. Unpublished PhD thesis.
Tong, Anthony Kin Kwok (2000).  




Review 4
Source: Passages to Canada. Speakers’ Bureau. School and Community Group Resource Guide.
Submitted by: Tatyana Ryaboshapko

Review 5
Source: Planting the Seeds. A Year-Round Activity Guide about Citizenship.
Submitted by: Tatyana Ryaboshapko

Review 6
Source: Canada: Who Are We And Where Are We Going?
Submitted by: Tatyana Ryaboshapko

Review 7
Source: A Look at Canada (Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2003).
Submitted by: Tatyana Ryaboshapko

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