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Anytime ESL Curriculum

  1. All Anytime ESL curriculum is created by Avon Maitland District School Board staff and is hosted on and delivered through the Moodle Learning Management System.

    Courses are titled by Theme, Topic and Canadian Language Benchmark Level.

    From there, each course is laid out with an Introduction followed by numbered Module Topics.

    1. Each Module Topic is divided into 3 sections:

      1. Learn It – Skill-building activities and resources that will help you learn more about the subject of the Module Topic.
      2. Practise It – Skill-using activities and resources that will let you practise what you have learned.
      3. Assessment – A “Real World Task” that tests how well you’ve learned the lesson and can apply it to real life situations (PBLA).
    2. Current Curriculum

      Select a theme below to see its courses, then select a course to see a description.

      • Read about online learning
      • See how Anytime ESL courses work
      • Learn about types of activities in Anytime ESL courses

      • Identify Canadian coins and bills
      • Count Canadian coins and bills
      • Pay for something with Canadian coins and bills

      • Apply for an appropriate bank account
      • Read your credit card statements
      • Use an ATM
      • Talk to a teller at the bank

      • Understand system of government in Canada
      • Know 3 levels of government and their responsibilities
      • Know the leaders in each level of government
      • Understand how elections work in Canada

      • Name and label provinces/territories
      • Name and label capital cities
      • Name and label 5 regions of Canada
      • Name, identify and locate main landscapes, industries and natural resources

      • understand what is needed and how to apply for Canadian citizenships
      • understand the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens
      • understand how to apply for a Canadian passport
      • complete a sample Canadian passport application form

      • Know and recognize many symbols of Canada
      • Recognize Canada’s national and royal anthem
      • Know national public holidays and other important Canadian dates

      • Know Canada’s 3 founding peoples
      • Know different nationalities in Canada
      • Know different languages of Canada
      • Know about diversity in Canada

      • Understand descriptions and stories about the early history of First Nations groups in Canada
      • Understand descriptions and stories about early settlers and historical events from the beginning of Canada to 1945
      • Interpret and use information in timelines to put historical events in order

      • Understand descriptions and stories about Canada’s modern history (1945-present)
      • Understand descriptions and stories about early settlers and historical events from the beginning of Canada to 1945

      • Name common clothing items
      • Give descriptions of clothes
      • Listen to descriptions of people to find them in mall
      • Read clothing ads to choose if you want to buy clothing items
      • Follow directions from a salesclerk in order to find something in a store
      • Read words and prices on a receipt (CLB 1 & 2 only)
      • Read a flyer and write a shopping list (CLB 1 & 2 only)

      • Coming Soon…

      • Read a simple newsletter to find information
      • Write a short note to a child’s teacher about an absence
      • Use the phone to leave a short voicemail about a child’s absence
      • Read a progress report card to find information
      • Read a report card to find information

      • Describe your family
      • Understand descriptions of families in Canada
      • Introduce your family to someone
      • Send a message to your friend about your week

      • Coming Soon…

      • Give instructions about dental health
      • Follow instructions about dental care and treatment
      • Write appointment times on a calendar
      • Understand simple information about appointment dates and times
      • Fill out personal information section on a form
      • Listen and understand short greetings

      • Name parts of the body
      • Say and understand singular and plural forms of body parts
      • Understand right and left (CLB 2 only)
      • Understand body movement
      • Describe what hurts
      • Ask for repetition

      • Find information in very simple forms on an office directory
      • Complete a short and simple medical form
      • Follow simple instructions from a doctor
      • Have short social conversations with medical staff

      • Write a simple shopping list for the pharmacy
      • Name some brand name products and uses
      • Match brand name products to generic products (CLB 2 only)
      • Tell sales clerk what you need
      • Read and understand simple prescription labels
      • Read and understand simple warning labels on prescriptions

      • Name common foods
      • Categorize food into four food groups
      • Use a chart to find information about serving sizes
      • Read food labels to compare nutrition facts
      • Plan a healthy meal for self, family, friends

      • Talk about symptoms
      • Choose treatments for these symptoms
      • Read and understand appointment cards

      • Read and understand simple instructions in recipes
      • Give simple cooking instructions
      • Copy a short recipe
      • Follow simple instructions for cooking

      • Understand different types of housing in Ontario
      • Find key information in a rental ad and make decisions
      • Understand average rental prices in Ontario
      • Complete a short rental application
      • Know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant

      • Find some key information on a notice from your landlord
      • Follow simple instructions about contacting your landlord
      • Describe a household problem to a landlord and make a simple request
      • Write a short email to follow up with a household problem

      • Write dates (month and day)
      • Find dates on a calendar
      • Write holidays on a calendar
      • Understand simple information about holidays in Canada

      • Understand descriptions of Canadian holidays/customs
      • Make suggestions for appropriate gifts for different situations
      • Understand formal and informal invitations and identify the details
      • Write informal invitations; respond in writing to formal and informal invitations
      • Make, accept and decline invitations

      • Understand greetings and goodbyes
      • Say greetings and goodbyes
      • Read goodwill messages
      • Write goodwill messages

      • Understand the main idea and some important information in a short text about small talk
      • Have short social conversations about the weather
      • Have short social conversations about your weekend plans

      • Understand simple information about weather
      • Answer questions about the temperature
      • Recognize seasons

      • Ask clarifying questions about spoken instructions
      • Find important information in written instructions
      • Order written instructions

      • Recognize what makes a good worker in Canada
      • Make polite and proper requests for time off – verbally and in writing
      • Identify important information about workers’ rights
      • Find information on pay stubs

      • Name common workplace hazards and injuries
      • Identify safety signs and know where to find them
      • Give quick warnings about hazards
      • Name types of Personal Protective Equipment
      • Use a PPE manual to know what to wear for the job
      • Report a hazard to a supervisor & fill in a Hazard Report Form

      • Identify the type of job that you would like
      • Label and understand the different parts of a job listing
      • Name different ways that you can find a job

      • Identify hazardous chemicals at work
      • Identify what PPE to wear
      • Tell others which PPE to wear
      • Follow spoken instructions for first aid

      • Understand important information about police in Ontario
      • Understand common requests/directives/instructions from a police officer
      • Understand important information about RIDE programs
      • Have short, simple conversations with a police officer
      • Find key information on a driving ticket
      • Give a simple description of a car accident
      • Copy personal and insurance information from another driver

      • Find information on a coffee shop menu
      • Understand simple requests about food and drink orders
      • Copy food and drink orders
      • Make simple requests for food and drinks in a coffee shop

      • Understand information about movies
      • Make simple requests to buy a movie ticket
      • Follow directions in a movie theatre

      • Understand vocabulary related to some winter activities
      • Give very simple warnings
      • Get information from simple flyers
      • Complete a simple registration form

      • Describe a summer holiday
      • Write invitations
      • Respond to invitations
      • Say how to protect against the sun
      • Say how to be safe in the water
      • Find information in a brochure

      • Give simple instructions to tell new drivers
      • Understand some information about important road signs
      • Understand important information to get ready for the G1 written test.

      • Understand simple instructions about safe driving
      • Understand some important information about driving rules
      • Understand some important information to get ready to take the G1 written text
      • Give simple instructions about the rules of the road

      • Understand some important information about parking a car, driving carefully, and driving in bad weather
      • Understand simple instructions about parking a car
      • Understand some important information to get ready for the G1 written test
      • Give simple warnings about driving in bad weather

      All curriculum marked with an * is currently in development and not yet available.

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