Canadian English: Not Just a Hybrid of American and British English

December 13, 2011

NALD logoA number of years ago I had the pleasure of participating in a professional development workshop in Cuba for English teachers there. Due to the large numbers of Canadian tourists in Cuba, the teachers were intensely interested in “Canadian” English. They asked, “What is Canadian English?”, “How does it differ from British English? Or American English?” and “Is there really such a thing as ‘Canadian’ words?”

I wrote a paper on the topic of Canadian English for the workshop and I must say, I was surprised at how much I learned about my own language!

The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) has archived the paper and has made it available for all researchers, teachers and literacy practitioners free of charge. Download your free copy of “Canadian English: Not Just a Hybrid of British and American English”.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Portfolios to Assess Literacy and Second Languages: An Annotated Bibliography

July 5, 2011

Portfolios to assess literacy and second languages by Sarah EatonFor a few years now I’ve been interested in the topic of using portfolios and asset-based (also known as strength-based) approaches to assessment. Significant theoretical research and applied classroom practice has been done in the field of alternative assessment, and specifically in area of using portfolios and e-portfolios.

The practice of using portfolios for second and foreign language teaching has increased in popularly, with an increased understanding and adoption of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Almost simultaneously, there has been a rise in the use of similar frameworks in the field of literacy. However, there is little collaboration between those who work in literacy and those who teach second and modern languages.

This annotated bibliography is an attempt to collect, select and share resources that may be relevant, helpful and useful to professionals working in both the second language and literacy sectors. The deeper values that guide this work are predicated on the belief that researchers and practitioners working in both fields have much in common and would benefit greatly from increased dialogue and shared resources.

Download a copy here: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/51923

Check out these related posts:

Student portfolios for Language Learning: What They Are and How to Use Them

Using Portfolios for Effective Learning

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


English in the Workplace (EWP): Free How To Guide for Employers

June 22, 2011

I just found a tremendous free resource that I just had to share with you. Common Ground: A How-To Guide for Employers is designed for employers to help them set up and deliver their own English in the Workplace (EWP) programs.

Written by Douglas Parsons and Paul Holmes and published by the Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Education (Norquest College) in 2010, this guide details a step-by-step process. It goes over everything from conducting a needs assessment, choosing learning settings,  finding a facilitator, setting goals, developing independent learners and evaluating the program.

There even sections on how to customize an English program for a specific workplace.

Click here to download this 72-page guide is available from the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD). As with all the resources on NALD, this guide is free and you simply download it directly from their site.

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