English as a Second Language, Enriched Programs

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Texts

In the Secondary Cycle One and Cycle Two EESL programs, the Texts section consists of text types, text components, and text features. The term ‘text’ refers to any form of communication–spoken, written and visual–involving the English language. Through a variety of media (e.g. print, audiovisual, digital), students explore the three following text types: popular (text forms such as comic strips, teen magazines, blogs), literary (text forms such as biographies, plays, poems) and information-based (text forms such as feature articles, news broadcasts, advertisements).

At the elementary level, students explored texts from the three text types and used text components to construct meaning and write texts. Throughout the secondary level, EESL students broaden their knowledge of authentic texts (i.e. materials that reflect natural speech or writing as used by native English speakers). They listen to, read, and view a wide variety of texts that correspond to their age, interests, and English language development and that deal with increasingly complex issues and abstract ideas. EESL students identify and compare various texts as well as apply knowledge of texts when they write and produce them for different audiences and purposes.

Secondary Cycle One EESL students continue to construct the meaning of texts through their text components (e.g. titles, illustrations, setting, graphs). Secondary Cycle Two EESL students investigate texts through their internal text features (i.e. topic/information, language, text components) and external text features (i.e. audience, purpose, culture). EESL students reflect individually and with others on their knowledge of texts in order to regulate their development as learners.

Working with different text types and text forms contributes directly to the development of the competencies Reinvests understanding of texts and Writes and produces texts and supports the development of the competency Interacts orally in English.

Texts
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. Text Types
  1 2 3 4 5
    1. Explores a variety of popular, literary and information-based texts
E
    1. Identifies text types and text forms when preparing to listen to, read and view a variety of texts
E  
  1. Text Components, Language Register and Audience
  1 2 3 4 5
    1. Uses text components, language register and audience to construct meaning when listening to, reading and viewing a variety of texts
E      
    1. Compares texts based on their text components, language register and audience
       
    1. Applies knowledge of text components, language register and audience to write and produce a variety of texts
E      
  1. Text Features     
  1 2 3 4 5
    1. Uses text features to construct meaning when listening to, reading and viewing a variety of texts
       
    1. Compares texts based on their text features
       
    1. Applies knowledge of text features to write and produce a variety of texts
       
  1. Reflecting on Knowledge of Texts
  1 2 3 4 5
    1. Uses various means to reflect on knowledge of texts (e.g. self-evaluation grids, class discussions, peer feedback)
   

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