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English as a Second Language

Welcome to your English as a Second Language (ESL) primary and secondary orientation. Here you will find everything you need to get started as a primary or secondary ESL teacher in Nunavik.

1. Introduction

About You

Before we start working together, we would like to know a little more about you!

About Us


Once you settle in your community, make sure to stay in contact with your colleagues for support, to share resources and ideas and to organize projects in teams.  Here are a few ways you can stay in contact.

There is a private Facebook page for Nunavik teachers.  It facilitates communication between colleagues.

Make sure you have access to your Kativik Ilisarniliriniq email account, which allows you to access the Microsoft tools.

The team of consultants is available for you. Contact us by email of by phone at the Kuujjuaq office: 819 964-1136.

Visit the Community section of the Nunavik-IcE website to discuss and exchange resources with other KI teachers.

2. Program Overview

The Kativik school board’s competency-based English Second Language program is taught from grade 3 to secondary 2.3 (often referred to as secondary 5). The program is described and explained in two key documents: the Program of Study and the Progression of Learning

Inside each document, you will find the scales of learning development that range from level 1 to level 12. To better understand how to teach and evaluate using the scales, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (KI) offers educators two additional resources: Competency 2 Reading exemplars and Competency 3 Writing exemplars. These two exemplars provide concrete examples of C2 and C3 at each level of the scales of competency.

Educators are encouraged to use all four documents when preparing to teach English as a Second Language and to evaluate students’ language development. KI also recommends that teachers become familiar with the Québec Education Program (QEP) published by MEES, the Ministère de l’Éducation de l’Enseignement supérieur (in English, Ministry of Education and Higher Education).

Program of Study

Although the English as a Second Language (ESL) program differs from the QEP (Quebec Education Plan), it is based on MEES’ requirement. In general, KI’s language programs are competency-based and evaluate students’ ability to use the language in a variety of contexts. The programs observe students’ evolving mastery instead of evaluating how well they perform on a test.

To read complete information about the English as a Second Language curriculum download the Primary / Secondary Program of Study.



Progression of Learning

This document is organized into three sections: 1) progression of learning, 2) essential knowledge, and 3) annex. The first two sections highlight two teaching tools: progression of learning and essential knowledge for English as a second language. These tools reaffirm the crucial role that knowledge plays in the development of the ESL competencies. They outline the knowledge required by students to become competent ESL learners. They assist teachers in their overall planning and also outline when knowledge is to be introduced, practiced and acquired. The tools will help teachers ensure that their students’ learning, in addition to competency development, is consistent with their peer groups across KSB. Overall, when combined, both tools bring consistency to the way English is taught specifically in schools and, more broadly, across Nunavik. In the annex of this document, teachers will find lists of suggested vocabulary and grammar that students require in order to be competent users of English. These lists correspond to items found in the essential knowledge. 



3. Assessment

Our language programs are based on competencies and are assessed using the scales of learning development.  Here are the three competencies for the English as a Second Language program.

Interacts orally in English

Understands and responds to texts

Writes texts

To learn more about how to use the scales, please watch the following video.

You must assess your students’ language competencies for each of the 3 terms. At the primary level, teachers enter a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F) on students’ report cards.  Alternatively, at the secondary level, teachers enter what percentage of the scale students have achieved.  Please use the following documents to find the proper mark for the report card of each student.

You must fill out a transmission sheet for each term and keep them in each student’s file.

To learn how to use the competency forms and the transmission sheet, please watch the following video.

4. Resources

Many resources are available in your classroom or online to support your work as a language teacher.  Our team constantly updates the Nunavik-IcE platform to provide you with Inuit-centered Education resources.  Also, you can either use the budget KI allocates to teachers to order pedagogical material or you can order material from KI’s Curriculum Catalogue.  You can find an electronic copy of the Curriculum Catalogue here or a physical copy in your school.  Please use the following form to order teaching material from the KI Curriculum Catalogue.

5. Professional Development

Want to practice evaluating samples of written texts using the scales of learning development?  Here is an activity for you to become more familiar with the English as a Second Language program.  First, watch all the videos that explain the program, the competencies and their scales.  To properly evaluate your students’ progress, you must understand the scales, especially because as students progress from one level to another, the scales overlap in subtle ways.  Here is your chance to practice using them! 

  1. Read the sample;
  2. Review the section “Using the KSB ESL competency scale to support learning” found in the ESL Program of Study and any other resources discussed on this page;
  3. Evaluate the written text using the descriptions for each of the 12 levels;
  4. Submit your answer.

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