Videos

This collection of videos provides teachers of English language learners with an introduction to understanding language proficiency and using the Benchmarks. Classroom scenarios demonstrate how language and content can be taught simultaneously and how students at all proficiency levels can participate in classroom discussions and learning activities.

Introduction

Speaking



Reading

DIVISION 1 (GRADES 1-3)

DIVISION 2 (GRADES 4-6)

DIVISION 3 (GRADES 7-9)

DIVISION 4 (GRADES 10-12)



About the Benchmarks

This video provides overview information about the Benchmarks and how they are used.

Length: (3 minutes, 14 seconds)

Considerations for Using the Benchmarks

This video features students and teachers in various classroom scenarios and identifies specific areas of language acquisition that the Benchmarks address, such as vocabulary, pronunciation, sentence length and complexity, and language use. The video also provides information about affective traits that influence students’ language use and benchmark assessment strategies.

Length: (5 minutes, 55 seconds)

Division 2 Learning Experience Overview

This video features a Grade 5/6 teacher and her students engaging in a learning experience on the geographical regions of Canada. After a review of geographical regions, the students view pictures and work in groups to determine how geographical features and resources impact quality of life. The students then create a pastel drawing of the geographical region they are studying to demonstrate their understanding of how geographical features impact the quality of life in that region.

Length: (5 minutes, 57 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features Grade 5 student Khangai, who is a newcomer to Canada. He interacts with his teacher in an interview about what he is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then his teacher and a consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 39 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features Grade 5 student Sabrina, who has good oral fluency and is developing her subject-specific and academic vocabulary. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 20 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features two Grade 5 students: Farida, who has been learning English for two years, and Misha, who has been learning English for three years. They both demonstrate good language learning strategies. First, Farida interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking. Next, Misha interacts with the consultant in an interview about what he is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 26 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features Mustafa, a Grade 5 student who has developed his vocabulary and language use through active engagement and experimenting with language in his classroom learning. He interacts with a consultant in an interview about what he is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 59 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features Grade 5 student Leticia, who has developed very specific vocabulary and uses complex sentences to share understanding of concepts and abstract ideas. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 25 seconds)

Division 3 Learning Experience Overview

This video features teachers and students in a junior high school engaging in a learning experience on world view. First, the students learn about the elements of world view. Next, they look at Renaissance paintings and work in groups to interpret the artists’ world view by reflecting on the content, contrast, and artistic features of the painting.

Length: (6 minutes, 50 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Valentina, who is a newcomer to Canada. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 34 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Ya Shu, who is a recent arrival to Canada. Ya Shu understands complex concepts and uses whatever words she can find to explain her ideas. She is very strategic and takes risks with language. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 37 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Stephanie, who has been learning English for two years. Stephanie is building her academic and subject-specific vocabulary and connects ideas in detailed sentences. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 40 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Erdene, who has oral fluency in English and has a solid repertoire of subject-specific vocabulary. He is very strategic in acquiring and using new words and connects his ideas in detailed sentences. He interacts with a consultant in an interview about what he is learning about world view. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 55 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Anna, who has oral fluency in English and understands abstract concepts. She is able to use specific words and complex sentences to explain her ideas. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 42 seconds)

Division 4 Learning Experience Overview

This video features students and teachers at a high school engaging in a science learning experience on the geological time scale. First, the students explore an interactive website to learn about Earth’s history. They learn about the geological time scale, superposition, and radiometric dating. Next, they look at fossils and work in groups to determine their age and the era and period in which these fossils are found on the geological time scale.

Length: (6 minutes, 01 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Ilse, who is a newcomer to Canada. Ilse uses first language translation to make connections and learn new words in English. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 45 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Hazel, who is a recent arrival to Canada. Hazel understands complex concepts and is very strategic and takes risks with language. She shares her ideas extremely well, considering her limited vocabulary and grammar knowledge. She actively learns language by incorporating new vocabulary in short sentences and phrases. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 42 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Marcus, who has been learning English for two years. He is an engaged learner and works at making sense of new information and using new words. Marcus is building his academic and subject‑specific vocabulary and connects ideas in detailed sentences. He interacts with a consultant in an interview about what he is learning about the geological time scale. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 40 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Agnes, who has oral fluency in English and has a range of descriptive and subject-specific vocabulary. She actively acquires new words through reading, discussions, and observations. Agnes connects her sentences using a variety of cohesive devices. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 13 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Sarah, who has oral fluency in English and understands abstract concepts. She is able to use specific vocabulary and a range of transition words to connect her ideas in complex sentences. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 28 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 1 to 3

This video features English language learners in Grade 2 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The children are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having children read aloud, re-tell the story, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each child’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (6 minutes, 21 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 4 to 6

This video features English language learners in Grade 5 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The students are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having students read aloud, re-tell the information in the book, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each student’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (5 minutes, 51 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 7 to 9

This video features English language learners in Grade 8 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The students are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having students read aloud, re-tell the information in the fact sheet, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each student’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (6 minutes, 27 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 10 to 12

This video features English language learners in Grade 11 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The students are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having students read aloud, re-tell the information in the article, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each student’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (7 minutes, 52 seconds)

Note: Videos for Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 will be available early in 2015.

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