ESL Benchmarking and Supporting Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

Facilitator: Stephanie Dodyk

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Feb 10, 2022 (3:30 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Feb 17, 2022 (3:30 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
Day 3Feb 24, 2022 (3:30 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
$30.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-LL-074
Focus: Assessment English Language Learners Instructional Strategies

Target Audience

Teachers: K-12, School-based Administrators

Also Recommended For

Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches, District Leaders/Consultants

About this Learning Opportunity

Teaching at the best of times is hard work.  There’s preparation, lesson delivery, formative assessments, summative assessments, staff meetings, clearing the paper jam in the photocopier…the list goes on.  It’s even harder when you are asked to evaluate the linguistic, strategic, socio-linguistic and discourse competencies of multilingual students when you’re not entirely certain what those competencies are about.  

This three-part series will work to unpack some of the “mysteries” of ESL proficiency benchmarking as well as offer strategies that support language development for students adding English to their linguistic repertoire. 

Each session is guided by the following questions:

Session 1:  How are the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks related to second language learning and used to guide instruction and assessment? 

Session 2:  What steps are involved in evaluating the English language proficiency of multilingual students using the AB K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks? 

Session 3:  How can we create pathways for students to notice language and work towards becoming linguistically competent?

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community
  • #6: Providing Instructional Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

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

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

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 continually reflects on her journey of identity development and language learning while growing up as a second-generation Canadian and how it relates to students who are now adding English and Canada to their linguistic and cultural repertoires. She is passionate about the empowering impact language and story have on building community. Her practice focuses on embracing the rich stories students bring with them as they add English to their learning journey and empowering educational professionals to hear them.