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Ontario English Curriculum

Canada is a country with a high population of immigrants whose first language is not English. Therefore, English learning curricula have been designed to cater for the needs of students who learn English as a second language.

Wisdomland thoroughly evaluated several options and chose the Ontario curriculum because we believe it is an excellent way of developing proficiency for young students whose first language isn’t English.

Ontario teaching covers traditional scopes such as teaching facts or grammar rules. However, it also involves giving students the skills and desire to learn for themselves; developing a student’s ability to learn independently. Ontario teaching develops student’s critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity by encouraging students to ask questions, not only about what they’re learning, but also why and how they’re learning.

Students are given the time required to develop and practice their language abilities in a natural way. As a consequence, students are better able to remember what they’ve been taught and are more confident in their language abilities.

Ontario teaching is about developing student’s independence in respect to their learning development and so uses instructional approaches proven to reach this goal.

  • The teacher acts as co-learner, helping student’s build on their own existing knowledge to develop their own ideas and understanding.
  • Students are fully engaged in the learning process through discovery, investigation and understanding.
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions all the time, reflect on what is being taught and how they are learning
  • Language development is a more natural process, building on all 4 language skills equally, using a variety of contexts and situations for authentic practice.

Ontario Assessment

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Information gathered through assessment helps teachers to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses in their achievement of the curriculum expectations in each subject in each grade.

This information also serves to guide teachers in adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to students’ needs and in assessing the overall effectiveness of programs and classroom practices.

  • Is a continuous process which assesses student’s knowledge as well as their development as an independent learner.
  • Less importance is placed on tests which results in lower student stress and worry.
  • Students focus on developing a deep understanding of core ideas and principles.
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