English as a Second Language Observable Language Continua


The Observable Language Behaviours continua describe ELLs' English proficiency development in three broad strands-oral, reading, and writing. Each strand is guided by the Ontario language curriculum. The Oral strand is defined in terms of listening and speaking skills. Reading is organized by the elements: meaning, form and style, and fluency. The Writing strand emphasizes the view of writing as a process, progressing from prewriting and organization of ideas, to writing and editing. The Observable Language Behaviours continua have two main purposes: one is to inform programming and the other is to track the student's language proficiency. For further information on the OLBs refer to the STEP - A Guide for Users document.



Kindergarten

Instructions for Use
In Development
   
Oral  

Primary (1 – 3) +

Reading
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Writing
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Oral
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Junior (4 – 6) +

Reading
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Writing
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Oral
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Intermediate (7 – 8) +

Reading
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Writing
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Oral
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Secondary (9 – 12) +

Reading
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Writing
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Oral
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