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Ministry of Education.

Module 10 - Learning in curriculum areas


Teacher aides and bilingual tutors have an important role in supporting English language learners to acquire the foundation knowledge and skills for learning in each of the curriculum areas.

In this module, you’ll:

  • confirm the importance of linking the work you do with your students to mainstream classroom lessons
  • discover useful websites that can be used to support curriculum topics.

Refer to page 90 in your handbook for details on using selected websites to support curriculum learning, or download the PDF of this module here: 

Also note that the review charts at the back of the handbook are a valuable summary of the strategies and techniques you have learnt about in previous modules.

Teacher using computer.

Audio transcript

Hola, I’m Rae Si’ilata.

If you have completed Module 9, then you will have a better understanding of:

  • the best approaches to develop independent learners
  • explicitly involving students in the learning process
  • and creating a topic-based library of self-access resources.

Welcome to the last module in the programme. Many of us have studied another language sometime during our life. The big difference for the ELLs you are teaching is that they need to use this second language to complete tasks in a range of subject and topic areas and, eventually, to gain national qualifications. These students will need school-wide support in order to acquire skills which will assist them to learn effectively across a range of curriculum areas. In-class support, withdrawal groups, peer support, community volunteers, homework or study centres may form part of the learning support system.

Don’t underestimate how important your role is in the learning support system. Remember you need to talk to the teachers about the key concepts and vocabulary that will feature in each topic ahead of time. Then you can help prepare your students for this topic. All ESOL and learning support systems should be linked to classroom topics.

There are lots of excellent websites that students can use to support their learning. However, all learners need to be taught critical selection skills in order to use search engines efficiently and choose the most appropriate sites.

When you or the students find a good website related to a curriculum topic or one that helps develop reading and writing skills, then share it with the group. Explain why it is appropriate and useful. A list of these ‘approved’ sites should be displayed in the classroom to help develop everyone’s worldwide web skills.

Be sure to complete the final tasks and the next steps so that your certificate can be endorsed by the principal. Thank you for your efforts in working through the ten modules. You can be sure that you are now better equipped to work collaboratively with teachers in order to meet the needs of your English language learners.

Learning tasks

In this module you have one task to complete.

Using selected websites

In this activity, you'll find websites that are relevant to your students’ learning and the school’s programme.

It's a good idea to set aside a little time each week to log onto key websites and locate helpful resources for yourself and students.

Click below to see students using technology collaboratively in a science class.



Teacher - It’s a very interesting site for our next activity. What is likely to disappear? And then you need to write a statement. We predict that when… is introduced, that …  And you need to list what you think will disappear. Now really importantly you need to then also give your reason. Because……..

Students - I think that the kiwi egg would disappear because the rat would eat it, feed on it or eat it.  Or the weta would disappear because the rat would eat it. It would kill it just for fun.

Teacher - Thank you. There’s been some people doing some really good thinking this morning and using lots of prior knowledge also to make their predictions. Well done.
I want you to be looking at your sheet and comparing what you see happen up here with what you have predicted on your sheet

Your thoughts

The Next Steps section of this module (p 91), encourages you get a list of the next term’s topics, so that you can prepare some support materials, using what you have learned from using this handbook.

Discuss the Next Steps section in the handbook with your coordinating teacher then answer these questions about your learning from this module:

  1. What are three concepts and three terms you learnt in this module?
  2. What learning tasks did you complete in this module?
  3. How will you apply the learning tasks from this module with your students?
  4. What main issues did you discuss with your coordinating teacher?
  5. What do you need to find out more about and how will you do this?
  6. What do you need to do to prepare for the next module?

When you've completed all of the questions, you've finished the module. Your coordinating teacher can sign off the module on the course completion certificate. Then you can take the certificate to the principal for endorsement.

Published on: 08 Jan 2018