How do we engage new Canadians / English Language Learners in complex tasks?
For the last 20 years English Language Learning pedagogy has emphasized the
development of basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) through “front
loading” with low level, prescribed, rote activities. At Connaught School we know
that our students, regardless of their English language proficiency, are capable of
successfully developing interpersonal and academic language through complex
tasks. We discuss a classroom project that exemplifies a deep exploration of
curriculum through robotics to support the language development of a diverse
population of English Language Learners and new Canadians.
Werklund School of Education, Galileo Educational Network