(Jly 2009) Integrating language and learning - principles for teachers in mainstream classes. This resource has been offered to PPTA, to share with teachers throughout the country. It was developed to supplement resources prepared for the Curriculum Support Day workshops for ESOL teachers, and for the use of mainstream teachers with students for whom English is not their first language.
The resource lists seven principles to enable students to make progress in your subject while they are learning English. Author: Juliet Fry, Canterbury University, and colleagues
A group of teachers took the English Unit Planning Template, downloadable from http://www.ppta.org.nz/index.php/resources/curriculum-support/curric-resources/cat_view/147-curriculum-resources/163-learning-areas--subjects/153-english, and modified it for ESOL.
Note: This is not "the" template that should be used for planning units in ESOL, but "a" template which may provide a useful starting point for discussion. It provides a structure that some teachers may wish to adapt quite significantly. It is suggested that teachers of ESOL also explore examples of unit planning occurring in other subjects, by browsing the PPTA website.
It is hoped that this template will encourage teachers to develop a coherent approach to planning with reference to all parts of the NZ Curriculum.
You will see that in the original unit I had begun to make references to aspects of the new curriculum, but I have interrogated this unit and I believe that the revised unit (see Section 3) takes the new curriculum into account at a deeper level. Authors: Belinda Cooper, Julie Luxton
This unit was just introduced this year and it is very satisfying hearing students comment on how they are applying what they have learnt through this unit to other subjects "“ coherence, learning how to learn and "life-long learners" - all encapsulated in the new NZ Curriculum. Authors: Belinda Cooper, Julie Luxton