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Language

Curriculum Overview

Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be seen as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the belief that literacy is critical to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this goal.   

For primary students language comes from listening and speaking with others, being read to by adults, and interacting with media texts such as advertisements, television programs, video games, songs, photographs, and films. The expectations for language build upon the prior knowledge and experience that students bring to classrooms from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Real, purposeful talk is not only an essential component of the language curriculum, it needs to be threaded throughout a student’s day and across the curriculum so students are able to make important connections to the real world. 

The language curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Oral Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Media Literacy

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Vocabulary

Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.

about

better

bring

carry

clean

cut

done

draw

drink

eight

fall

far

full

got

grow

hold

hot

hurt

if

keep

kind

laugh

light

long

much

myself

never

only

own

pick

seven

shall

show

six

small

start

ten

today

together

try

warm 

Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

Complete the suggested activities using these resources and other TVO resources.

Suggested Activities

Complete these activities to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.

  • Create your own definitions for 20 of the words in the vocabulary list. 

  • Write a paragraph and once you have finished, ask yourself: “What is your writing about?” and “Whom are you writing for?”  

  • Identify your point of view on a topic and then reflect on the following: “What supporting details have you included for your point of view? Would this point of view be accepted by others? Why, or why not?”

  •  How does your experience with a variety of texts help you as a writer? In what way is talking before writing helpful to you? How does it help you to listen to someone else read your writing?  

  • How does what you know about reading help you when you are writing? How does listening to or viewing different kinds of media texts help you generate ideas for writing? 

  • Select a text of your choice and then consider the following questions:  

    • How will you identify your topic?

    • What is the purpose of your writing?  

    • What form will best suit the purpose?

    • Who will your audience be? 

  • Explain which elements of a video game seem realistic and believable to you. Why is that? Did anything seem exaggerated to you? Do the characters in the video game accurately represent the diversity you see in society?  

  • On television, what characteristics are shared by positive role models? 

  • “Does reading and writing about a story after seeing the movie give you new ideas about what you saw?” 

  • Record an interview with someone where you ask them what some of their favourite things are. Use a recording device of your choice. 

  • If you were creating a photo album of your life, what are some of the pictures you would include?  

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