Learning Opportunity

Tools and Routines to Support Beginning Proficiency English as an Additional Language Students in the First Weeks of School - Secondary (Repeat Session)

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Stephanie Dodyk
Date:September 05, 2023
Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-LL-150
Focus: Assessment English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature

Target Audience

Grades 7-12 Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff

About this Learning Opportunity

By the time students are entering Grade 7, they are fairly well accustomed to the routines of the first days of school. Granted, those entering junior high and high school for the first time may feel a bit anxious, but many have their pockets of friends or have been through a school orientation in the language they know.
For students who are from a non-English speaking country though, entering the Canadian school system for the first time can be very overwhelming. Many have left their friends behind and were part of a school system much different than here. Where can educators begin to ensure beginning proficiency English as an Additional Language students feel welcome and part of school communities?

This two-hour session will address how teachers and schools can welcome elementary students new to English and Canada.

Key outcomes:

• Steps to create a language rich environment
• Steps to create a culturally rich environment
• Planning for language development
• Scaffolding strategies and resources

(This is a repeat session)


This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

About the Facilitator

Stephanie Dodyk

Stephanie Dodyk is a Language Consultant with over 15 years experience in teaching and resource roles.  After completing a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature, Stephanie later went on to finish a Master of Education specializing in Teaching English as an Additional Language. In her work, Stephanie... Read more »