HIPPY Program and English Language Learning (ELL) is a specially designed program to support mothers who have the basic needs of the HIPPY program – highly isolated mothers of three- and four-year-old children – and low levels of English literacy. The innovation combines the HIPPY program and its mother-to-mother approach with home and community-based language learning. We hear frequently from HIPPY Home Visitors, Coordinators, and families in the HIPPY program of the long waitlists for the LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) programming.
Free Instructional Resource: Early Language Learning for Newcomers (Pre-LINC) by Mothers Matter Centre Canada
This free new comprehensive curriculum provides material and support documents to create a pre-LINC program of task-based English language learning for Literacy to CLB 3 newcomers, with an emphasis on parents of young children. Material includes Instructor Guides with CLB-aligned objectives and suggested activities, as well as detailed scripts for use in one-on-one or small group follow-up support if feasible. Learner handouts include vocabulary, dialogues, listening scripts and grammar tap sheets.
The ELL Curriculum was originally designed for use with a HIPPY program for newcomer mothers, but can stand alone as a language class or be used to support conversation circles or tutoring. ELL covers 12 key settlement topics such as Knowing Your Community, Settlement and Community Services, Physical and Mental Health, Financial Literacy, and Canadian Parenting norms. Newcomers work toward informal skill-using tasks, build confidence, learn about key resources in the community, and break the cycle of isolation surrounding immigrants and refugees with low levels of English so they are more ready for structured LINC learning when their personal circumstances allow.
For organizations or programs interested in acquiring the ELL curriculum, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org