In collaboration with the MEES ESL Programs team, a series of web events about the three ESL competencies was hosted by the Intensive ESL Community Project. The archives and resources can be found below. Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this series is great to brush up on what the ESL competencies are about. A special thank you goes out to Anne Millette, Teresa Capparelli and Pascale Pellerin for presenting. Enjoy!


To Interact Orally in English (C1) is the cornerstone of the elementary ESL programs. In this interactive online presentation, participants will explore the characteristics of a solid C1 task, effective feedback and corrective feedback techniques as well as concrete examples. Which ideas will you add to your feedback backpack for C1? 


Resource list for Making C1 Work! Feedback in the ESL Classroom
1. C1 Feedback – Information Sheet
2. Seven Keys to Effective Feedback by Grant Wiggins (2012)
3. Feedback: How Learning Occurs by Grant Wiggins (2010)

4. Seven Practices for Effective Learning by Jay McTighe and Ken O’Connor (2005)
5. How to Give Feedback to Students: The Advanced Guide from The Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching (2015)
6. Oral Corrective Feedback by Shaofeng Li (2013)



To reinvest understanding of texts (C2) requires that students construct meaning of texts, demonstrate understanding of texts and reinvest understanding of texts. Did you know that these three pillars are essential in supporting students’ development of Competency Two?

During this interactive web event, participants will consider the importance of authentic texts in C2, explore the characteristics of a solid reinvestment task together, and examine tangible examples as well as case studies that show these three pillars in action. Which ideas will you bring back to your classroom?


Resource list for Making C2 Work in the (Intensive) ESL Classroom
1. C2 Information Sheet
2. Template for Creating a Solid Reinvestment Task (Based on Case Study 2 from the Web Event)
3. Template for Creating a Solid Reinvestment Task (Blank Template)

4. C2 Web Event Bibliography



When students are asked To Write Texts (C3) in the Elementary ESL program, they are initiated to writing as a process. What is the importance of using a writing process in the ESL classroom? What are the five phases of the writing process? How can writing prompts, such as photographs or other images, be used to help students improve as writers?

In this interactive web event, the characteristics of a solid Competency Three task will be described. Then, participants will be presented with a writing process adapted for Intensive ESL students. Peer feedback will also be explored as a way to enhance the revising and editing phases of the writing process. Come and discover suggestions and hands-on activities to make C3 work in the Cycle Three ESL classroom!


Resource list for Making C2 Work in the (Intensive) ESL Classroom
1. C3 Information Sheet
2. Overview of the C3 Task
3-4-5-6. Students Handouts: Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3 and Handout 4
7. Writing Process Poster
8. SOAP Poster (Proofreading Marks)
9. C3 Evaluation Tool
10. C3 Web Event Bibliography