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English language learners are not a homogenous group and may include:
The broad stages of the English Language Learning Progressions are:
in oral language, writing and reading.
The stages are described in very broad and generalised terms. This is deliberate. Language acquisition does not necessarily follow a smooth or linear pathway.
The matrices do not describe language learning in exact detail, although the supporting exemplars do. This approach allows teachers to make judgments across a range of contexts, text-types and ages using the same matrix.
Judgments about what stage a learner is at can never be absolutely accurate; they can only indicate the ‘best fit’ for that learner. Your professional judgement is always needed.
You will probably notice that some learners will show features across more than one stage.
This diagram can assist you to consider these questions. This diagram is in the front section of each Progressions: ELLP booklet. You can also listen to a recorded explanation about pathways for students’ language learning.
The New Zealand Curriculum (p.16) also outlines important messages about Learning Areas and language.
English language learners should have the same learning outcomes as other learners in their peer group, but they will need explicit language teaching and extra scaffolding of learning.
In other words, you will need to consider how to provide appropriate cognitive challenges as well as teaching the English language skills necessary to access all of the Learning Areas in The New Zealand Curriculum.
The goal of this resource is to help you use the English Language Learning Progressions: ELLP, and to understand and support the learning of English language learners in your classroom. As you work through the modules, you should have the following ELLP support materials handy.
You will also need the booklet that is relevant to your class level, for example:
All schools with ESOL funded learners were sent these documents in a large ringbinder in 2008.
If you need to order copies of these materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0800 660 662.
Two key resources you could find useful are the English Language Intensive Programme (ELIP) and the Supporting English Language Learners in Primary Schools (SELLIPS) resource.
Once you have established a stage on The Progressions: ELLP for your learners, you will be able to use the SELLIPS and ELIP resources to plan effective teaching and learning for your students. Go to the relevant stage for your learners to find specific suggestions and ideas for your planning in a range of contexts. These resources help you scaffold student learning.
When working through the modules, the following resources may be useful in providing supporting information:
Published on: 15 Dec 2015