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Ministry of Education Course Title: ESL LEVEL D

Course Code: ESLDO               

Grade Level: D

Prerequisite: None

Department: English

Course Description:

The ESL Level D course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend their listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts.
Students will participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics, developing their critically thought out ideas and thoughts; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English level D language learners; expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to compose paragraphs into personal and academic essays.
The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their prospective province of residence and/or country of Canada.
The course’s end aim is to prepare students now for their future high school career.
Learning English, as in learning any language, takes time and practice. To this end, each unit in ESL Level D and its resources will promote success in learning and developing the students’ spoken and written language skills 

Overall Curriculum Expectation - all units are interrelated

Unit 1 Attitude

  • This first unit focuses on cultivating the “Canadian attitude” towards society problems, including reading Informal essays, short stories, poetry, film and independent novel study that raise the issue itself.
  • Students will read and demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts, developing critical thinking skills in the process. Students will develop stronger skills in writing persuasive essays, hard hitting news reports, personal response journals, summaries and book reports on their independent novel study.
  • In developing stronger listening and speaking skills, students will take part in recorded monologues, dialogues and role plays. They will also develop stronger grammar skills in terms of correcting used language structures.
  • Participating in discussions comparing the needs and values of people of different ages, cultures and both genders, students will develop the Canadian attitude towards living within a multicultural society.
  • Summative Evaluation – Students will develop a Canva presentation outlining the “Canadian voice”.
  • NOTE – Students will be presented with a Book List on day one of their Level D ESL course at which time they will choose the book they will be reading independently throughout the course. They will be assigned Book Project Assignment that will have monthly submissions but also culminate in an evaluation at the end of the course.
  • Competitions include Skills competitions through Ontario Skills and Youth of Canada Skills competition in Literature.

Unit 2 It's Your Right

  • Students will read a novel on the theme of Freedom, and will learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They will also learn about the legal and judicial system in Canada.
  • Students will create summaries of the taught information using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • They will also develop a Power-point presentation that includes information from the media on one topic in Canadian society and law, correctly using language structures.
  • Socio-cultural Competences and Media Literacy will be developed in this unit. Students will discuss important social and political documents, and they will cultivate a Media search for articles to match human rights issues discussed in class.
  • Summative Assessment – Students will develop a Media Watch Presentation and deliver an oral book report.
  • Summative Assessment – In terms of the novel study, students will dramatize sections of the novel correctly using language structures. They will develop a research project on one issue related to freedom, and will analyze the novel in terms of its comparison to Canadian society.
  • Sub topics in this unit include past tense IV and conjugation of verbs IV, and creation of longer paragraphs into persuasive essays. 
  • Competitions include submission of best student poems to a variety of Ontario and international competitions for student level and age group.

Unit 3 Boarding the Citizen-Ship

  • In this unit, students develop understanding of the rights of groups and individuals as well as the responsibilities of citizenship in Canada.
  • They will explore and describe the process by which immigrants become Canadian citizens, developing a pamphlet to help newcomers to Canada.
  • Model activities and processes of responsible citizenship (e.g. understanding aspects of the Citizenship Test and Immigration) will take place.
  • Summative Assessment – Oral presentation of their research and a multimedia component will occur.
  • To this end, in this unit, students will learn to pull together and to explain relationships between some important aspects of geography and history and current Canadian issues as they affect the new immigrant to Canada. .
  • Students will learn Note-taking, completing graphic organizers, and answering comprehension questions.
  • Sub topics in this unit are identifying tense choices II, idiomatic English used in Ontario and other English based countries. These latter will be focused on the idioms students will require in speaking to other English speaking students, teachers and others in English.
  • Competitions include entry in the yearly Ontario Veteran affairs Poster Essay competition. Prizes and certificates are awarded by the Veterans.

Unit 4 I am Canadian

  • Students compare Canadian culture and society to their own, and learn to compare to the American as well as other cultures around the world. The aim of this unit is two fold: students will develop a finer understanding of the attitudes, behaviours, ideas and thought patterns of Canadians and how these compare to others’ around the world. Secondly, students will cultivate a stronger understanding of Canadian values and how they apply around the world.
  • Students will design a sculpture to stand outside Canada’s Parliament building that best represents Canada and Canadians.Students will review and extend their understanding of Canadian icons and Canadian symbols, taking part in the Terry Fox Run as well as in a variety of virtual activities that are “Canadian”.
  • Students will develop and present an oral presentation of their sculpture idea and a convincing argument as to why theirs should be chosen. There will be a competition in class for the most Canadian sculpture. All students will achieve a Certificate of Accomplishment in this assessment.
  • The Culminating for the Course will occur through the PPT presentation of the students’ independent novel study.

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