Videos – Supporting English Language Learners (2022)

Table of Contents
Introduction Speaking KINDERGARTEN DIVISION 1 (GRADES 1-3) DIVISION 2 (GRADES 4-6) DIVISION 3 (GRADES 7-9) DIVISION 4 (GRADES 10-12) Reading DIVISION 1 (GRADES 1-3) DIVISION 2 (GRADES 4-6) DIVISION 3 (GRADES 7-9) DIVISION 4 (GRADES 10-12) Listening KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12 About the Benchmarks Considerations for Using the Benchmarks Division 2 Learning Experience Overview Level 1 Speaking Sample Level 2 Speaking Sample Level 3 Speaking Sample Level 4 Speaking Sample Level 5 Speaking Sample Division 3 Learning Experience Overview Level 1 Speaking Sample Level 2 Speaking Sample Level 3 Speaking Sample Level 4 Speaking Sample Level 5 Speaking Sample Division 4 Learning Experience Overview Level 1 Speaking Sample Level 2 Speaking Sample Level 3 Speaking Sample Level 4 Speaking Sample Level 5 Speaking Sample Assessing Reading in Grades 1 to 3 Assessing Reading in Grades 4 to 6 Assessing Reading in Grades 7 to 9 Assessing Reading in Grades 10 to 12 Learning Experience Overview Level 1 Speaking Sample Level 2 Speaking Sample Level 3 Speaking Sample Level 4 Speaking Sample Level 5 Speaking Sample Learning Experience Overview Level 1 Speaking Sample Level 2 Speaking Sample Level 3 Speaking Sample Level 4 Speaking Sample Level 5 Speaking Sample Introduction to Assessing K–6 Speaking Introduction to Assessing 7–12 Speaking Introduction to Assessing K–12 Listening Introduction to Assessing K–6 Speaking Introduction to Assessing K–6 Speaking Introduction to Assessing 7–12 Speaking

This collection of videos provides teachers of English language learners with an introduction to understanding language proficiency and using the Benchmarks. Classroom scenarios demonstrate how language and content can be taught simultaneously and how students at all proficiency levels can participate in classroom discussions and learning activities.

Introduction

  • About the Benchmarks (3:14)
  • Considerations for Using the Benchmarks (5:55)

Speaking

KINDERGARTEN

  • Introduction to Assessing K-6 Speaking (14:42)
  • Learning Experience Overview (7:22)
  • Level 1 Speaking Sample (6:13)
  • Level 2 Speaking Sample (6:06)
  • Level 3 Speaking Sample (6:14)
  • Level 4 Speaking Sample (6:25)
  • Level 5 Speaking Sample (5:51)

DIVISION 1 (GRADES 1-3)

  • Introduction to Assessing K-6 Speaking (14:42)
  • Learning Experience Overview (7:26)
  • Level 1 Speaking Sample (6:25)
  • Level 2 Speaking Sample (6:15)
  • Level 3 Speaking Sample (6:32)
  • Level 4 Speaking Sample (6:26)
  • Level 5 Speaking Sample (6:26)

DIVISION 2 (GRADES 4-6)

  • Introduction to Assessing K-6 Speaking (14:42)
  • Learning Experience Overview (5:57)
  • Level 1 Speaking Sample (5:39)
  • Level 2 Speaking Sample (5:20)
  • Level 3 Speaking Sample (6:26)
  • Level 4 Speaking Sample (5:59)
  • Level 5 Speaking Sample (5:25)

DIVISION 3 (GRADES 7-9)

  • Introduction to Assessing 7-12 Speaking (13:47)
  • Learning Experience Overview (6:50)
  • Level 1 Speaking Sample (5:34)
  • Level 2 Speaking Sample (5:37)
  • Level 3 Speaking Sample (6:40)
  • Level 4 Speaking Sample (5:55)
  • Level 5 Speaking Sample (5:42)

DIVISION 4 (GRADES 10-12)

  • Introduction to Assessing 7-12 Speaking (13:47)
  • Learning Experience Overview (6:01)
  • Level 1 Speaking Sample (5:45)
  • Level 2 Speaking Sample (5:42)
  • Level 3 Speaking Sample (5:40)
  • Level 4 Speaking Sample (5:13)
  • Level 5 Speaking Sample (5:28)

Reading

DIVISION 1 (GRADES 1-3)

  • Assessing Reading in Grades 1-3 (6:21)

DIVISION 2 (GRADES 4-6)

  • Assessing Reading in Grades 4-6 (5:51)

DIVISION 3 (GRADES 7-9)

  • Assessing Reading in Grades 7-9 (6:28)

DIVISION 4 (GRADES 10-12)

  • Assessing Reading in Grades 10-12 (7:52)

Listening

KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12

  • Assessing K-12 Listening (9:25)

About the Benchmarks

This video provides overview information about the Benchmarks and how they are used.

Length: (3 minutes, 14 seconds)

Considerations for Using the Benchmarks

This video features students and teachers in various classroom scenarios and identifies specific areas of language acquisition that the Benchmarks address, such as vocabulary, pronunciation, sentence length and complexity, and language use. The video also provides information about affective traits that influence students’ language use and benchmark assessment strategies.

Length: (5 minutes, 55 seconds)

Division 2 Learning Experience Overview

This video features a Grade 5/6 teacher and her students engaging in a learning experience on the geographical regions of Canada. After a review of geographical regions, the students view pictures and work in groups to determine how geographical features and resources impact quality of life. The students then create a pastel drawing of the geographical region they are studying to demonstrate their understanding of how geographical features impact the quality of life in that region.

Length: (5 minutes, 57 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features Grade 5 student Khangai, who is a newcomer to Canada. He interacts with his teacher in an interview about what he is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then his teacher and a consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 39 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features Grade 5 student Sabrina, who has good oral fluency and is developing her subject-specific and academic vocabulary. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 20 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features two Grade 5 students: Farida, who has been learning English for two years, and Misha, who has been learning English for three years. They both demonstrate good language learning strategies. First, Farida interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking. Next, Misha interacts with the consultant in an interview about what he is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 26 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features Mustafa, a Grade 5 student who has developed his vocabulary and language use through active engagement and experimenting with language in his classroom learning. He interacts with a consultant in an interview about what he is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 59 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features Grade 5 student Leticia, who has developed very specific vocabulary and uses complex sentences to share understanding of concepts and abstract ideas. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geographical regions of Canada. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 25 seconds)

Division 3 Learning Experience Overview

This video features teachers and students in a junior high school engaging in a learning experience on world view. First, the students learn about the elements of world view. Next, they look at Renaissance paintings and work in groups to interpret the artists’ world view by reflecting on the content, contrast, and artistic features of the painting.

Length: (6 minutes, 50 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Valentina, who is a newcomer to Canada. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 34 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Ya Shu, who is a recent arrival to Canada. Ya Shu understands complex concepts and uses whatever words she can find to explain her ideas. She is very strategic and takes risks with language. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 37 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Stephanie, who has been learning English for two years. Stephanie is building her academic and subject-specific vocabulary and connects ideas in detailed sentences. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 40 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Erdene, who has oral fluency in English and has a solid repertoire of subject-specific vocabulary. He is very strategic in acquiring and using new words and connects his ideas in detailed sentences. He interacts with a consultant in an interview about what he is learning about world view. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 55 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features junior high school student Anna, who has oral fluency in English and understands abstract concepts. She is able to use specific words and complex sentences to explain her ideas. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about world view. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 42 seconds)

Division 4 Learning Experience Overview

This video features students and teachers at a high school engaging in a science learning experience on the geological time scale. First, the students explore an interactive website to learn about Earth’s history. They learn about the geological time scale, superposition, and radiometric dating. Next, they look at fossils and work in groups to determine their age and the era and period in which these fossils are found on the geological time scale.

Length: (6 minutes, 01 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Ilse, who is a newcomer to Canada. Ilse uses first language translation to make connections and learn new words in English. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 45 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Hazel, who is a recent arrival to Canada. Hazel understands complex concepts and is very strategic and takes risks with language. She shares her ideas extremely well, considering her limited vocabulary and grammar knowledge. She actively learns language by incorporating new vocabulary in short sentences and phrases. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 42 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Marcus, who has been learning English for two years. He is an engaged learner and works at making sense of new information and using new words. Marcus is building his academic and subject‑specific vocabulary and connects ideas in detailed sentences. He interacts with a consultant in an interview about what he is learning about the geological time scale. Then his teacher and the consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 40 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Agnes, who has oral fluency in English and has a range of descriptive and subject-specific vocabulary. She actively acquires new words through reading, discussions, and observations. Agnes connects her sentences using a variety of cohesive devices. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 13 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features high school student Sarah, who has oral fluency in English and understands abstract concepts. She is able to use specific vocabulary and a range of transition words to connect her ideas in complex sentences. She interacts with a consultant in an interview about what she is learning about the geological time scale. Then her teacher and the consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 28 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 1 to 3

This video features English language learners in Grade 2 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The children are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having children read aloud, re-tell the story, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each child’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (6 minutes, 21 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 4 to 6

This video features English language learners in Grade 5 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The students are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having students read aloud, re-tell the information in the book, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each student’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (5 minutes, 51 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 7 to 9

This video features English language learners in Grade 8 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The students are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having students read aloud, re-tell the information in the fact sheet, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each student’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (6 minutes, 28 seconds)

Assessing Reading in Grades 10 to 12

This video features English language learners in Grade 11 whose proficiency in reading is being assessed using the Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. The students are presented with a levelled text that they have not seen before and that is approximately at their reading level. The reading assessment process involves having students read aloud, re-tell the information in the article, and then answer questions about the reading while the teacher listens and takes running notes. The teacher uses the information gathered through the reading assessment to determine each student’s language proficiency level on each of the seven competencies in reading.

Length: (7 minutes, 52 seconds)

Learning Experience Overview

This video features Kindergarten children and their teacher engaged in a learning experience on describing animals. At learning centres, the children choose animal figures and learn how to describe the features of their animal and how different types of animals differ from each other. The children then draw pictures of their animals and engage in oral language development activities.

Length: (7 minutes, 22 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features Friedrich, a Kindergarten child who is a newcomer to Canada. He interacts with his teacher in an interview about what he is learning about animals. Then his teacher and a consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 13 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features Rachel, a Kindergarten child who has been learning English for approximately six months. She interacts with her teacher in an interview about what she is learning about animals. Then her teacher and a consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 06 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features Tamara, a Kindergarten child who has developed relatively good social English proficiency and is learning to use more specific words and longer sentence structures. She interacts with her teacher in an interview about what she is learning about animals. Then her teacher and a consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 14 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features Pranshu, a Kindergarten child who uses a wide range of vocabulary and detailed sentences. She is learning more precise words to share her ideas and interact with others. She interacts with her teacher in an interview about what she is learning about animals. Then her teacher and a consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 25 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features Monica, a Kindergarten child who uses a wide range of vocabulary and detailed, compound sentences. She is learning to use more cohesive devices and transition words to connect her thoughts and share her ideas. She interacts with her teacher in an interview about what she is learning about animals. Then her teacher and a consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (5 minutes, 51 seconds)

Learning Experience Overview

This video features a Grade 2 teacher and her students engaging in a science learning experience on sinking and floating. At learning centres, the students use various materials and predict whether these will sink or float in water. The students then experiment with the concept of making sinkers float and making floaters sink.

Length: (7 minutes, 26 seconds)

Level 1 Speaking Sample

This video features Mathias, a Grade 2 student who is a newcomer to Canada. He interacts with his teacher in an interview about what he is learning about sinking and floating. Then his teacher and a consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 25 seconds)

Level 2 Speaking Sample

This video features Dolgion, a Grade 2 student who has developed some social English proficiency and is acquiring language needed to engage successfully in subject areas at his grade level. He interacts with his teacher in an interview about what he is learning about sinking and floating. Then his teacher and a consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 15 seconds)

Level 3 Speaking Sample

This video features Ryan, a Grade 2 student who has developed social English speaking skills and is expanding his vocabulary and sentence structures to engage more successfully in subject areas at his grade level. He interacts with his teacher in an interview about what he is learning about sinking and floating. Then his teacher and a consultant discuss his language use and determine his proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 32 seconds)

Level 4 Speaking Sample

This video features May, a Grade 2 student who has developed conversational fluency and is developing her academic vocabulary to engage in subject areas with more specific language. She interacts with her teacher in an interview about what she is learning about sinking and floating. Then her teacher and a consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 26 seconds)

Level 5 Speaking Sample

This video features Helen, a Grade 2 student who uses precise words and detailed complex sentences to share her understanding of academic concepts. She interacts with her teacher in an interview about what she is learning about sinking and floating. Then her teacher and a consultant discuss her language use and determine her proficiency levels related to the Benchmarks competencies for speaking.

Length: (6 minutes, 26 seconds)

Introduction to Assessing K–6 Speaking

This video features an overview of the Alberta K–12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks, focusing on speaking for Kindergarten to Grade 6. It explains each of the seven competencies for speaking and provides examples of students demonstrating the five proficiency levels for Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Length: (14 minutes, 42 seconds)

Introduction to Assessing 7–12 Speaking

This video features an overview of the Alberta K–12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks, focusing on speaking for grades 7 to 12. It explains each of the seven competencies for speaking and provides examples of students demonstrating the five proficiency levels for grades 7 to 12.

Length: (13 minutes, 47 seconds)

Introduction to Assessing K–12 Listening

This video features an overview of the Alberta K–12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks, focusing on listening. It explains each of the seven competencies for listening and provides examples of students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 demonstrating their listening proficiency.

Length: (9 minutes, 25 seconds)

Introduction to Assessing K–6 Speaking

This video features an overview of the Alberta K–12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks, focusing on speaking for Kindergarten to Grade 6. It explains each of the seven competencies for speaking and provides examples of students demonstrating the five proficiency levels for Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Length: (14 minutes, 42 seconds)

Introduction to Assessing K–6 Speaking

This video features an overview of the Alberta K–12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks, focusing on speaking for Kindergarten to Grade 6. It explains each of the seven competencies for speaking and provides examples of students demonstrating the five proficiency levels for Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Length: (14 minutes, 42 seconds)

Introduction to Assessing 7–12 Speaking

This video features an overview of the Alberta K–12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks, focusing on speaking for grades 7 to 12. It explains each of the seven competencies for speaking and provides examples of students demonstrating the five proficiency levels for grades 7 to 12.

Length: (13 minutes, 47 seconds)

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