Welcome to the English Language Arts Website!

What's New!

  • English Language Arts Curriculum Framework: A Living Document (September 2020)

    The latest iteration of the ELA curriculum framework is available. The framework is a living document and, like our cellphone applications, will be updated as needs and opportunities occur. Use the current version of the framework found here and check for occasional updates.

  • The ELA Place (October 2019)

    For Manitoba educators, The ELA Place on MAPLE (Manitoba Professional Learning Environment) includes the latest iteration of the English Language Arts Framework with additional wraparound supports. Updates are ongoing.

Curriculum Overview

The goal of the living ELA curriculum is to give students opportunities to:

  • practise within the field of English language arts as full participants
  • develop flexible and versatile ways of thinking and using language to meet personal, social, and academic needs
  • build a sense of self, identity, community, and the world
  • sustain a lifelong sense of curiosity, a passion for learning, and an appreciation of the power and beauty of literature, language, and multiple forms of text

The ELA Curriculum Framework: A Living Document supports educators in designing rich learning experiences that begin with the students and the communities in which they live. Educators are able to respond to different learners and contexts while working toward high learning expectations. The purposes of the framework are to:      

  • set out the underpinnings and common learning expectations for English language arts
  • present the four ELA practices and ways learners enact the practices through elements and grade band descriptors
  • describe multiple ways that students engage in practices at various points in learning
  • provide direction for designing, assessing, and reflecting on learning
  • support equity and inclusion by emphasizing relevant and meaningful learning contexts and deep flexible thinking for all learners
  • embed professional learning to align curriculum and professional practice

The framework allows for responsive ongoing development based on the field, current research and reviews of curricula. This ongoing development involves consultations and contributions from teachers, students, consultants, administrators, academics, and community members.

The ELA Place,’ on MAPLE (Manitoba Professional Learning Environment) supports leadership and instructional design for the success of all learners in Manitoba. In addition to the latest iteration of the English Language Arts Curriculum Framework, educators can explore and contribute to local stories of teacher practice, professional learning resources, and design tools. Join The ELA Place.

>>Learn about the ELA curriculum status and implementation and curriculum supports.