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English Language Learning Progressions

English Language Learning Progressions

The English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP) are key documents for the assessment, planning and teaching of English language learners. They help teachers to choose content, vocabulary, and tasks that are appropriate to each learner's age, stage, and language-learning needs. This may include learners for whom English is a first language but who would benefit from additional language support.

ELLP support for teaching and planning

Click on the diagram below to explore how to use the ELLP matrices with the English language learners in your classroom.

While the English Language Learning Progression matrices are used for funding purposes, they also play a vital role in planning for ELLs in a small group or classroom programme. Before you start any planning, look at the key messages slides below, to find out exactly what to look for.

Key messages

The Google Slides below outline the key information you need before using the ELLP matrices for funding or planning. From here, you will be able to access more slides that unpack each individual matrix for primary and secondary teachers. The slides contain explanations, videos and examples, to help teachers and ESOL specialists in using the matrices, along with other key ESOL documents, when planning effective teaching and learning programmes for ESOL learners at any stage.


The material found in these slides are also available in Google Drive for teachers and students to download, copy and reuse for educational purposes.

Need more support?

Completing the ELLP matrices

If you are looking for support with completing the matrices or exemplification and/or clarification of the matrix descriptors, these Google slides cover each of the matrices for primary and secondary schools. The slides can be downloaded and personalised to your school context if required, or used as they are for professional development for syndicates, departments or whole staff.

Using the ELLP matrices information

If you are looking for support with using the ELLP matrices to inform planning and teaching, three annotated film clips show groups of primary and intermediate teachers as they plan classroom programmes with English language learners in mind:

  • Using the matrices to plan – two examples of teachers using the ELLP information to identify student needs in English language learning.
  • Mainstream classroom practice – what it might look like in the classroom.
  • ESOL support programmes – how the ELLP information might be used to develop English language support programmes.

ELLP professional support modules

This resource further clarifies the matrices, providing online professional support. Each module unpacks each matrix, as well as looking at funding, and reporting. At the end of each module you will find suggestions about leading professional development sessions with other teachers.

The ELLP resource

The ELLP resource is made up of four booklets – an introductory booklet and booklets for years 1–4, 5–8, and 9–13.

Cover image for ELLP years 9-13 booklet.



ELLP matrices.


This resource was sent to all schools at the end of term 1, 2008. Each school received the booklet(s) for the year levels of their students. Order more copies from  Down the Back of the Chair.

Updated on: 14 Mar 2022

ELLP resource books

English Language Learning Progressions

The ELLP resource books are available as  downloadable PDFs or from  Down the Back of the Chair.