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    To get ELLs and all students excited about hockey, teachers can show some achival footage, or the classic National Film Board short by Sheldon Cohen of Roch Carrier's "The Hockey Sweater".
    This can be read as a short story first, and then looked at as a children's story book, before the cartoon is shown. It gives a fairly simple short introduction to postwar life in rural Quebec. It demonstrates the importance of hockey and the English-French, Montreal-Toronto divide in our society.

    Professional Development
    Here I've looked at Ontario ministry requirements, and again italicizied and put key terms in bold.
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  2. page English Language Learners- An Unfinished Guide edited ... section that addresses the needs of English language learners." The literature emphasize…
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    section that addresses the needs of English language learners."
    The literature emphasizes the importance of the whole school and community welcoming students and their families. Of course communication with parents who have little or no English requires the use of a second-language, but the ministry actually encourages students to use their mother tongue. This seems unusual to me as in the past I have only known immersion-like situations where the learner is prohibited from speaking L1 (Their first language). Governments across Canada seem to have a very flexible approach to welcoming ELLs into our schools and communities. This is not only because of theoretical concerns, but also due to our practical need to educate and integrate our future work force.
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    (Second-language) acquisition.
    For example, p.92-97 looks at possible accommodations at the grade 6 level. The lesson is in social studies on Canada and its trading partners.
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    Time to change gears and put my boy to bed. Let's listen to some music.
    This is Joni Mitchell doing a fantastic song of hers, "California". It could be used to introduce a Canadian singer or discuss the popular culture of the 60s and 70s. It is a beautiful song and may open up a lot of interest in the art and history of the period for al students, not just ELLs.
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    with students.
    Here's a video of the Canadian band, the Tragically Hip's. I find this song "Boycaygeon" very moving and warm. It could be used to highlight a rural/urban divide or just to make poetry accessible to students. Many of the Hip's tunes are quintessentially Canuck and reference Bill Barilko, Hugh MacLennan, and David Milgaard. Besides their popularity, they introduce ELLs and students to many Canadian and universal themes.
    Stan Rogers is another Canadian classic. Close your eyes and think "Pirate's Passage". However, if you close your eyes, you might as well listen on CD. Stan can be used to introduce the Maritimes and their traditions. Many ELLs must be exposed to Canada's many regional sub-cultures in order to truely understand the country.
    Teaching Ideas and Tips
    All students in Ontario are expected to meet curriculum expectations, although they may be modified in individual cases. A key term is differentiation. The following advice for teachers of ELLs is taken from "Supporting English Language Learners". (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/esleldprograms/guide.pdf) I have italicizied key terms and put the most interesting in bold.
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    experience school success.
    The teacher needs to adapt the program for ELLs as they acquire English
    proficiency.
    pp.56-62 Strategies for ELLs
    Making language and content accessible for English language learners
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