Teaching English Language Learners
This summary was created by the Research for Teachers project at The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO): http://www.etfo.ca/resources/researchforteachers/Pages/default.aspx
This summary outlines research on teaching English Language Learners (ELL students):
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After-School Literacy Activities and Performance on the OSSLT
Students in Ontario are required to take a number of provincial-wide large-scale tests before they graduate including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). If students do not pass the OSSLT (alternatively, students need to successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)), they are not able to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and graduate from high school. Students who are new to Canada and use English as a second language and are developing English literacy (ESL/ELD) have a more difficult time with tests like the OSSLT. Also, it has been found that students who do reading and writing activities after school have better test scores. This study looks at the relationship between how well students did on the OSSLT and what kinds of reading and writing activities they did after school.
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