ESL Startup Package

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This section is for churches who are beginning a new ESL program and could use a little help getting started. The following documents have either been developed by Cooperative ESL Ministries, or are used with permission. Feel free to download, edit, and print any templates. If you have any questions about how to use these documents, please e-mail questions@eslcooperative.ca.

Quick-Start Guide to ESL Ministry

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Quick-Start Guide to ESL Ministry

This Quick-Start Guide will lead you through some important steps to beginning your ESL ministry. Topics include preliminary steps, planning for an ESL program, getting ESL classes underway, and sustaining your ESL program and helping it thrive.

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Options for Church ESL Ministries

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Options for Church ESL Ministries

A quick reference sheet to help you decide on what kind of ESL ministry your church should have.

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ESL Advertising Poster

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ESL Advertising Poster

Just add the date, time and location details for an easy way to advertise your classes! If you have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Illustrator, you can open the file and edit it. Otherwise, you can print it and add details by hand.

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Needs Assessment

Needs Assessment

An effective ESL program meets the needs of its learners, helping them thrive in their communities and achieve the goals they have set. Learners may have a very diverse set of needs, so understanding the kinds of needs they have in common is important. Their needs are linked to their goals, so Learner Needs Assessment focuses on those goals—in the key areas of Community, Education and Employment.

Community includes things that are useful in every day life, that help learners function in Canada. This may include: speaking with healthcare professionals, filling in forms, finding housing, shopping for basic needs such as food, clothing etc., employment, banking, getting government funding, etc.

Education addresses learner goals in other learning environments, such as adult high school programs, non-literacy ESL programs,  apprenticeship and trade programs, University, and college certificate and/or diploma programs.

Employment attends to needs in the job world. Some learners are looking for work, while others are focused on keeping a current position or finding a new one.

Click below for a sample needs assessment questionnaire.

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Registration Form (Sample)

Registration Form (Sample)

This registration form sample is from Agape Language Centre. Please use this only as a guide or as ideas for your own registration form.

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Student Info Template

Student Info Template

A simple template for collecting ESL student information. Feel free to use this template to create your own personalized form.

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CLB Assessment

Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment

You can use this form to assess your students’ English level according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Please remember that this is for informal use only, and students wishing to have their Canadian Language Benchmarks officially tested should consult Immigrant Services Calgary.

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Click here for the Canadian Language Benchmarks Can Do Statements. (available online only)

Lesson Plan Template

Lesson Plan Template

Use this template to help plan your lessons. Download and personalize for your class.

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Attendance Record Template

Attendance Record Template

A basic attendance record template for your class. Download and personalize for your class.

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Lesson Plan Record Template

Lesson Plan Record Template

A record to keep track of your weekly lesson plans. Download the template and personalize for your class.

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Why Should I Volunteer? Poster

Why Should I Volunteer? Poster

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Attract volunteers to help teach your classes using our poster. Download and fill in your details.

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I appreciate the materials. I am a retired Dir. of Adult Education (ESL) in the US and I recently got rid of materials for a start up ESL program. The church I attend is interested in offering an ESL program. I am thankful that I don't need to reinvent what I had developed over 6 yrs. ago. Thank you for your excellent materials.

M. Wheeler
I'm starting some classes and really appreciate having all of this info! It was an amazing find on the internet and will help tremendously!

F. Higgs