Supporting English Language Learners

Elizabeth Cowan

After reading a timely post by Cult of Pedagogy‘s Jennifer Gonzalez entitled “12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom,” I wanted to learn more about how the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) welcomes and supports English Language Learners to their schools.  The OCSB’s website is excellent, and they have links to various videos that would be helpful for a new family to Ottawa whose first language is not English. While I was trying to put myself in the shoes of a newcomer to Ottawa, I thought that it might be helpful for newcomer families to have a visual source of information as well.

Below is a mockup of how I might present key information about the OCSB’s Family Welcome Centre, based on the information provided on their website. I envision it as an infographic for parents that explains the process of placing a new ELL student in a…

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