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STEP Framework 

Steps to English Proficiency Resources from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario School Boards

 

STEP - Steps to English Proficiency

Is a framework of tools created by the Ontario Ministry of Education for Ontario educators supporting English language learners in grades 1-12.

 

ESL - English as a Second Language  - are intended for students whose first language is a language other than English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools. Students in these programs have age-appropriate first-language literacy skills and educational backgrounds. 

 

ELD - English Literacy Development - are intended for students whose first language is a language other than English or is a variety of English significantly different from that used for instruction in Ontario schools. Students in these programs are most often from countries in which their access to education has been limited, so that they have had limited opportunities to develop language and literacy skills in any language. Schooling in their countries of origin has been inconsistent, disrupted, or even completely unavailable throughout the years that these children would otherwise have been in school. As a result, they arrive in Ontario secondary schools with significant gaps in their education. 

 

 

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