English as a Second Language, Core Programs

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Culture

In the Secondary Cycle One and Cycle Two Core ESL programs, the Culture section consists of the aesthetic, sociological and sociolinguistic aspects. These aspects encompass the beliefs, values, traditions, customs and artifacts of English-language cultures. Experiencing culture enhances students’ learning of the English language and contributes to the development of their world-view.

At the elementary level, students explored cultural products such as songs, stories, movies, traditions related to celebrations and idiomatic expressions from different English-language cultures. Throughout the secondary level, students continue to explore and enrich their knowledge of cultural products, daily life practices and communication conventions of English-language cultures in Québec, the rest of Canada and throughout the world. Students compare their own culture with that of others in order to discover similarities and differences and to develop a better understanding and appreciation of their own culture and of different English-language cultures.

Incorporating the different aspects of culture into the ESL classroom supports the development of the three ESL competencies: Interacts orally in English, Reinvests understanding of texts and Writes and produces texts.

Culture
Student constructs knowledge with teacher guidance.
Student applies knowledge by the end of the school year.
 
Student reinvests knowledge.

E: The letter E shows links between the elementary- and secondary-level ESL programs.

Elementary

Secondary
Cycle
One
Cycle
Two
  1. Aesthetic Aspect
    (i.e. cultural products such as cinema, literature, music, media that represent English-language cultures)
  1 2 3 4 5
    1. Explores cultural products from English-language cultures
E
    1. Compares cultural products from English-language cultures with own culture 
 
  1. Sociological Aspect
    (i.e. daily life practices related to areas such as family, relationships, pastimes, customs, heroes, history)
  1 2 3 4 5
    1. Explores daily life practices from English-language cultures
E
    1. Compares daily life practices from English-language cultures with own culture
 
  1. Sociolinguistic Aspect
    (i.e. communication conventions such as social conventions, paralinguistic skills, language code, humour)      
  1 2 3 4 5
    1. Explores communication conventions from English-language cultures
E
    1. Compares communication conventions from English-language cultures with own culture
 

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