Steps to English Proficiency Resources from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario School Boards
Ontario school boards use the Ministry's STEP Framework to describe and track the academic language proficiency of multilingual learners from grade 1-12.
Additional updated information, resources and webinars are available on the Ministry of Education's Brightspace VLE.
Find direct links to Ontario Ministry of Education documents pertaining to ESL/ELD Programs below.
Polices and procedures for Ontario Elementary and Secondary Schools, K-12.
Find direct links to STEP Continua Resources and charts below. Word documents (docx) will download automatically.
An overview of the STEP Continua and implementation.
STEP Continua Grades 1-3 1-pager (docx)
STEP Continua Grades 4-6 1-pager (docx)
STEP Continua Grades 7-8 1-pager (docx)
STEP Continua Grades 9-12 1-pager (docx)
This site contains a short, eight-page, brightly colored brochurethat explains the importance of home languages, the advantages of multilingualism, and dispels the myth that speaking the home language will confuse children. Designed for families and educators, it is available in 21 languages, (Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, Filipino, French, Gujarati, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Urdu) and provides the following information in an easy-to-read format.
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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