English as an Additional Language

Resources

Responding to Religious Diversity

Responding to Religious Diversity in Manitoba's Schools: A Guide for Educators
(Draft 2015)

This document is intended to serve as a resource for educators and schools seeking to respond to the needs of their religiously diverse students and community. The document provides a guide for welcoming religious diversity and providing accommodations in Manitoba schools.


Life After War: Education as a Healing Process for Refugee and War-Affected Children and the two companion documents Life After War: Professional Learning, Agencies, and Community Supports and War Affected Children: A Comprehensive Bibliography are web-based resources that are intended to help strengthen the capacity of school communities at all levels (early, middle, and senior years) to provide an appropriate and supportive school environment for refugee and war-affected learners and their families: an environment that will nurture their mental health and well-being, and that will enhance their educational and life outcomes. Please note that Life After War: Education as a Healing Process for Refugee and War-Affected Children is also available in print form and may be ordered from the Manitoba Learning Resource Centre.

Changing Terminology from ESL to EAL (Adobe Icon 12 KB)
Manitoba has changed from using the term English as a Second Language (ESL) programming to English as an Additional Language (EAL) programming.


The Languages We Speak: Aboriginal Learners and English as an Additional Language: A Literature Review of Promising Approaches and Practices

NOTE: Information about Adult English as an Additional Language programs is available on the Immigrate Manitoba website, under Find the English Class Thatís Right for You.

Promising Pathways: High School and Adult EAL Programming Options for English as an Additional Language (EAL) Youth

A Kindergarten to Grade 12 Curriculum Framework for EAL/LAL Programming has been developed and is the final stages of revision. A draft version of English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Literacy, Academics, and Language (LAL) , Kindergarten To Grade 12, Manitoba Curriculum Framework Of Outcomes was released for consultation and review in 2006. The document includes descriptions of different stages of EAL development for Early, Middle, and Senior Years and the corresponding student learning goals. Recognizing the needs of adolescent and young adult learners from war-affected and disrupted learning backgrounds, Middle and Senior Years "Literacy, Academics, and Language (LAL) phases of learning and the corresponding student learning goals have also been developed. In addition, the document provides assessment indicators and guidelines and templates for assessing students and planning EAL programming.  Following extensive feedback from the field, the refined and revised document is currently expected to be released in Fall 2011.  Contact Diana Turner for further information about the final version.

Provincial Senior Years curriculum may be adapted for EAL learning purposes and students may earn Senior Years credits. For further information on Manitoba's Senior Years requirements, see School Program and Graduation Requirements. For further information on the policies and the implementation of Senior Years EAL designated courses, contact Diana Turner or see:

Towards Inclusion: A Handbook for English as a Second Language Course Designation, Senior 1-4. Renewing Education: New Directions series (1995) (Adobe Icon 557 KB)

Towards Inclusion: Programming for English as a Second Language Students, Senior 1-4. Renewing Education: New Directions series (1996) (Adobe Icon753 KB)

Publications are available for schools and teachers to support the development of EAL policies, protocols, and programming. These documents are available from the Manitoba Learning Resource Centre (formerly the Manitoba Text Book Bureau). The resources are:

  • Planning for Success: Developing an English as a Second Language Protocol (1998)
  • A Secondary Sourcebook for Integrating ESL and Content Instruction Using the Foresee Approach (1994)
  • Sourcebook for Integrating ESL and Content Instruction Using the Foresee Approach (1994)

Additional EAL resources for both students and teachers are available and may be ordered from MTTB. You may search the Manitoba Learning Resource Centre (formerly the Manitoba Text Book Bureau) catalogue online or refer to the recent reviews of learning resources.

Reviews of EAL/LAL learning resources that support the Framework of Outcomes were recently completed. The following lists provide information on approved resources.

English As An Additional Language/English As A Second Language, Kindergarten to Grade 12 Manitoba Recommended Learning Resources, March 2008 (Adobe Icon 588 KB) and April 2007 (Adobe Icon 741 KB) Also available in print from Manitoba Learning Resource Centre (formerly the Manitoba Text Book Bureau), Stock #80568.

Information on the Manitoba School System for International and Immigrant Students
The international Education Branch website features several resources which will be of interest to international and immigrant students and their parents. The site covers all aspects of the field of international education and is designed to provide information and resources to a wide group of people. Two of the resources available are:

Evaluating Out-of-Province Course Completions for Senior Years Credits: A Guide for School Administrators (Adobe Icon 91 KB) outlines considerations, procedures, and resources to help schools evaluate course credits completed outside Manitoba and determine appropriate grade-level equivalencies that will facilitate placement of students arriving from out of province.  It includes a section on students with limited formal schooling.