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English Language Learners

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Nathalie Soini
Education Library
Duncan McArthur Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
K7M 5R7
613-533-6000 x75566

Teaching English Language Learners, K-12

This guide highlights resources for teachers of English language learners in Ontario.

English Language Learners are students in English-language schools whose first language is other than English, or is a variety of English that is significantly different from the variety used for instruction in Ontario’s schools, and who may initially require educational interventions to assist them in attaining English language proficiency.

They may be Canadian-born or newly arrived from other countries. They come from diverse backgrounds and school experiences, and have a variety of needs.  (Ontario Ministry of Education. (2005).  Many Roots, Many Voices, p. 48)

Ontario College of Teachers Library

Once you are a member of the Ontario College of Teachers you will have access to the OCT's Margaret Wilson Library.  This gives you access to many of the teacher resources you had access to at Queen's, including:

  • Education Source
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Ebooks
  • Teacher resource books in print will be sent to you with a return-paid label

Use the OCT Library to continue your professional learning after graduation. This is an outstanding service paid for by your OCT membership.

Public Libraries

Teacher candidates, if you don't already have a public library card, please get one!

Public libraries in Ontario and beyond have so many professional resources for you -- both online and in print.  The number of audiobooks, ebooks, and streamiing video in collections from OverDrive, cloudLibrary, and Kanopy available to us in an increasing number of public libraries offers us choices such as we have never had before for reading, listening, and viewing.  Take advantage of the high value our public libraries offer teachers, both personally and professionally.

Kingston Frontenac Public Library, for example, subscribes to:

  • NoveList - a fantastic source for finding books on themes, award-winning books, read-alikes, books at a specific reading level. You can even search NoveList for high interest-low vocabulary titles. This is a fabulously helpful teacher source for finding the right books for your English language learners.
  • OverDrive - your KFPL card number and PIN will allow you explore the digital shelves (eBooks, magazines) at the Kingston, Burlington, Hamilton, London, Mississauga and Ottawa Public Libraries.  
  • Kanopy - online video that includes documentaries and feature films
  • LinkedIn Learning - outstanding online instruction if you want to improve your skills in the areas of technology, leadership, social media and more
  • You will find the popular education journal Educational Leadership in both KFPL's MasterFILE Premier and Canadian Reference Centre

So find your public library online and apply for your card-- it's free!

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