English Language Arts

Curriculum Supports in English Language Arts


Responsive Professional Learning

Our goal in English language arts is to support professional learning to help build local capacity that sustains school divisions and schools as learning organizations and enhances classroom practices. Planning is essential to the achievement of this goal. Therefore, Manitoba Education supports schools/divisions/regions that meet the following criteria:

  • an implementation and/or professional learning plan is in place
  • resources are committed for the school year (or beyond)
  • a contact person(s) is identified to provide leadership and support for  planning professional learning and follow up
Professional Learning Opportunities

Manitoba Education is working with school divisions using a phased-in approach to offer opportunities for professional learning in English language arts. These include

  • cycles of sustained deeper learning for school division cohorts
  • responsive sessions for school divisions and universities
  • collaborations with the field, post-secondary institutions, and other stakeholder groups
  • ongoing sessions for divisional leaders
  • regional professional learning sessions
  • summer institutes

Sign up for in person or virtual sessions on the Workshop Registration System. For a list of available in person or virtual sessions and a description of professional learning activities, see the event calendar. Visitors are provided with an opportunity to submit information for upcoming events that would be of interest to English language arts educators in Manitoba

The ELA Place

Join the ELA Place on Maple, a professional learning network for educators.

Local Organizations
Workshop Registration System

Manitoba Education continues to offer regional workshop sessions related to curricula, as well as information technology programming. For a list of available sessions visit the Workshop Registration System.

Join The ELA Place on Maple (Manitoba Professional Learning Environment) to explore the ELA Curriculum Framework and wraparound supports as well as to connect and contribute to ongoing professional learning and curriculum development.

Event Calendar

The event calendar links to descriptions of professional learning activities offered by the Department and other educational organizations. Visitors are provided with an opportunity to submit information for upcoming events that would be of interest to English language arts educators in Manitoba.

Local Organizations

Manitoba Association of Teachers of English (MATE)
Manitoba Reading Association (MRA)
Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery – Western Region


Curriculum Documents

English Language Arts Curriculum Framework (September 2020)
The latest iteration of the English Language Arts Curriculum Framework is available. Updates are ongoing.

The ELA Place (September 2020)
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.

Senior Years Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and Standards

The following curriculum framework documents for Senior 1 to Senior 4 (1996-2000) will be posted until June 2022 while Manitoba Education works with school divisions to complete the transition to the renewed English Language Arts Curriculum Framework (September, 2020).

Overviews of the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and Standards documents. The complete documents cannot be posted online due to copyright restrictions.

A Foundation for Implementation

The foundation for implementation documents serve as a support to teachers and other educators as they implement the Manitoba Curriculum Frameworks of Outcomes and Standards (1996 – 2000). They identify the prescribed general and specific student learning outcomes by grade from Grade 9 to Grade 12.Tutorial: How to use the ELA Foundation for Implementation (Power Point Slideshow Icon 1.5 MB)

Print copies of this document (stock # 80327) can be ordered from:

Manitoba Learning Resource Centre
(formerly the Manitoba Text Book Bureau)
Telephone: 204-483-5040
Toll-Free: 1-866-771-6822
Fax: 204-483-5041
Email: mtbb@gov.mb.ca

Additional Senior 4 Curriculum Documents

These documents identify general and specific learning outcomes. In addition, they provide suggestions for implementation.

Senior 4 English Language Arts: Language and Technical Communications: Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and A Foundation for Implementation

Note: Two additional optional curricula have not been revised and continued to be based on the 1987 English language arts curriculum. They include the following:

  • Senior 4 ELA: Language and Literary Forms
  • Senior 4 ELA: Language and Transactional Forms

Distance Learning

For information related to these programs and courses, visit the Distance Learning website.


Language and Literacy Supports

  • A Time for Learning, A Time for Joy: A Resource for Kindergarten Teachers (2015)
    The purpose of this resource is to provide Kindergarten teachers and school leaders with a play-based pedagogical approach to Manitoba’s Kindergarten curriculum. This resource is practical and inspiring, developmentally appropriate, engaging of families, and congruent with children’s early learning experiences prior to school entry. It is intended to assist early years teachers in providing young children with a rich and stimulating environment that promotes growth and learning by emphasizing play-based learning, intentional teaching, and an integrated approach to early childhood education. 
  • Quality Literature List
    Presents annotated bibliographies of literature titles that have been successfully used by many classroom teachers and teacher-librarians organized using the developmental stages of the current Developmental Reading Continuum (Phase 1) and stages beyond this first phase. These titles are not reviewed or endorsed by the Department and do not carry a Manitoba Education recommended designation.
  • Listening and Speaking: First Steps into Literacy: A Support Document for Kindergarten Teachers and Speech-Language Pathologists (2008)
    The purpose of this document is to help Kindergarten teachers and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) enhance the oral language of all Kindergarten children within the playful literacy learning work and talk of the Kindergarten classroom. Please note that Chapter 1 does not reflect the change in curriculum to the English Language Arts Curriculum Framework: A Living Document (2020).
  • Reading and Writing in Action (2006)
    This teacher support document and resource for instruction and classroom-based assessment consists of two vignettes that are windows into two different Grade 8 classroom learning communities. The learning/teaching contexts and strategies referenced in the vignettes are included at the end of this document to assist teachers in planning for the specific next steps in the students’ learning journeys. Please note that this document does not reflect the change in curriculum to the English Language Arts Curriculum Framework: A Living Document (2020).
  • Helping Your Child Learn to Read: A Parent's Guide (2004)
    This parent guide presents information about the reading process and describes strategies to assist parents in reading aloud and shared reading at home.
  • Me Read? No Way! A practical guide to improving boys' literacy skills (2004)
    This guide for teachers is to support student success in literacy. Based on an international review of effective practices, this guide is intended to stimulate discussion of this important issue among educators. It is important to consider this within the context of the English Language Arts Curriculum Framework: A Living Document (2020).

Assessment Supports

  • Recovery Learning in Literacy : Kindergarten to Grade 2 (2020)
    This guide helps teachers to informally observe learners as readers, writers, and speakers to design the most appropriate learning opportunities for their students based on what their needs are at a particular point in time. It is important to consider this within the context of the English Language Arts Curriculum Framework: A Living Document (2020
  • Developmental Reading Continuum (Phase 1)
    This developmental continuum is a curriculum-based, formative (assessment for learning) tool for use by educators and students.

Assessment and Evaluation documents are posted regularly.