Resources and Links for Teachers

Linking Essential Skills and the Curriculum

A Guide to Linking Essential Skills and the Curriculum (PDFRTF) and the Companion Resource (PDFRTF)

    • The Guide outlines a two-step process for identifying and analyzing Essential Skills in learning activities which will help you uncover the Essential Skills learners are using and determine the skill demands.

    • The Companion Resource has more information on how you can link instruction to work habits and skill-building activities.

Sample Activity Database

Educators, literacy practitioners and trainers can search for sample activities linking Essential Skills and work habits to the curriculum. Please adapt these resources to meet learner needs.

Track Your Essential Skills and Work Habits in Learning Activities (PDFRTF)

This resource is designed for learners. It can be used to add both a skills focus and career connections to the course.

Skills Connections: A Comparison between the Essential Skills of the Ontario Skills Passport and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (PDF, RTF)

Educators (especially ESL teachers) and trainers can use this document to see how the Essential Skills Complexity Levels intersect with the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

Introductory Activities for Learners

OSP Learner Chart (PDF)

This chart suggests OSP tools and resources that can be used in grades 7 to 12 to help learners develop their IPP as they answer the four education and career/life planning questions from a skills perspective: Who am I? What are my opportunities? Who do I want to become? What is my plan for achieving my goals?

OSP Overview for Learners (PDFRTF)

Get an overview of the OSP and see how you can use it to assessbuilddocument and track your Essential Skills and work habits and transfer them to everyday life and the next place you go – whether it’s further education, training or the workplace.

Sample Résumés and Cover Letters 

    • Applying for a part-time Job as a Retail Sales Associate (NOC 6421) (PDF, RTF)

    • Applying for a Job as an Administrative Assistant (NOC 1241) (PDF, RTF)

    • Applying for a Job as a Foreign-Trained Professional:  Civil Engineering Technologist (NOC 2231) (PDF, RTF)

    • Applying for a Job after a Workforce Absence:  Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641) (PDF, RTF)

    • Applying for a Job in the Trades:  Millwright (NOC 7311) (PDF, RTF)

Essential Skills Walkabout

This activity can be used to introduce groups or individuals to Essential Skills.

    • Group Activity (PDFRTF)

    • Individual Activity (PDFRTF)

Essential Skills and Work Habits Reference and Worksheets

    • List of Essential Skills and Work Habits with descriptions (PDFRTF)

    • Sample Tasks (PDFRTF)

    • Identify Essential Skills and Work Habits – Student Worksheet (PDFRTF)

    • Describe Essential Skills and Work Habits – Student Worksheet (PDFRTF)

OSP Posters

    • OSP Work, Learning and Life Poster (PDFRTF)

    • OSP Essential Skills and Work Habits Poster (PDFRTF)

OSP Website Activities

Module 1: Work Habits (PDFRTF)

    Certificate of Completion: Module 1 (PDFRTF)

Module 2: Essential Skills (PDFRTF)

    Certificate of Completion: Module 2 (PDFRTF)

Module 3: Search for Tasks by Occupation (PDFRTF)

    Certificate of Completion: Module 3 (PDFRTF)

Module 4: OSP Work Plan (PDFRTF)

    Certificate of Completion: Module 4 (PDFRTF)


Essential Skills-Related Resources

Essential Skills Research – Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

National Occupational Classification (NOC) – HRSDC

Ontario Employment Profiles and OSP Occupational Profiles Concordance Table: NOC 2011 and NOC 2006 (PDF, RTF)


How do your skills Measure Up? - Practice three Essential Skills: Reading Text, Document Use and Numeracy.

SkillPlan – resources which contribute to Essential Skills development


Canadian Language Benchmarks/Essential Skills in the Workplace

Career Exploration

Career Cruising


Jobs People Do


Education and Training

Employment Ontario

Ontario Colleges

Ontario Universities

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Canada

Employment Trends and Opportunities

Government of Ontario Jobs and Employment Information

Government of Ontario Labour Market Information

Ontario Job Futures

Employment Ontario

Job Bank

Working in Canada

Ontario WorkinfoNet


Work Ready: Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Resources for Counselling, Hiring, and Working with Internationally Trained Individuals