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Foundation Stage - Orientation to learning

The following PDF document may be used to develop a programme for Foundation Stage learners.

Foundation Stage - Orientation Language outcome
ELIP 0F-Orientation-1a  (29 kB) Orientation to learning

Published on: 05 Jun 2013

Foundation stage - Orientation to learning


The Foundation Stage of the programme is for beginning English Language learners. It can also address the learning needs of older students whose readiness for English language acquisition is likely to have been affected by factors such as:

  • interrupted or no schooling
  • learning disabilities
  • low levels of L1 literacy
  • trauma
  • no prior exposure to English

Teachers of beginner intensive English classes may find Foundation Stage an appropriate additional tool for screening students’ entry level English language and literacy skills. Assessing students against outcomes, measured by identifying which of the learning components they have mastered, could be helpful in planning beginner class programmes, as students in these classes typically represent a wide range of proficiency and L1 literacy levels.