Authors: Michael Eden Reynolds, Joanna Lilley, Khâ sha, Ann MacDonald, Jamella Hagen, K. J. Munro, Larry Bagnell, Patricia Robertson, Christine Hakim, Joe Zucchiatti, Erling Friis-Baastad, Clea Roberts
This document was published by the Yukon Literacy Council (YLC) to launch a seasonal literacy campaign featuring the work of 12 local poets. During the campaign, which ran from November 30 to December 21, 2012, the poems were read on the local radio station and appeared in the local newspaper.
Members of the public were encouraged to download a poem to post at home and work, then let the YLC know by email or via Facebook that they had done so. They then had an opportunity to win prizes.
The 12 poems in the collection showcase a variety of styles and themes, though many of them reflect the experience of living in Canada’s northern region.
Authors: Connie Belanger
This software review from CONNECT describes Lit-Link. Lit-Link provides administrators with database software for literacy programs.
In this paper, the authors present 15 indicators of participation in adult education as part of their analysis of the results of the International Adult Literacy Survey, a 22-country initiative conducted between 1994 and 1998 to determine how well adults used printed information to function in society. The 15 indicators described here allow readers to compare the functioning of training markets in North America with those in of other advanced countries.
This document has three main chapters supplemented by five appendices and begins with a "Summary and Highlights" section.
Authors: Biodôme de Montréal
This guide was produced by the Montreal Biodôme in cooperation with representatives of three literacy centres. It is intended for use by literacy instructors who are taking learner groups for visits to the Biodôme, a nature museum in which four ecosystems have been recreated for exploration, education and research. This guide will help instructors and their groups get the most out of their visit.
The guide contains the following:
- activities reservation form
- important information regarding a visit such as arrival times and what to expect
- pre-visit activities such as videos, new words, Biodôme rules
- follow-up activities
- references for those who want to pursue other nature activities with their group.
Authors: Connie Belanger
This lesson plan from CONNECT teaches typing lists and using the Sort command while learners practise writing and spelling.
Authors: Connie Belanger
This website review from CONNECT features Ask Jeeves. This website provides a search program to find information on the Internet.
This Technical Tips article from CONNECT provides information about what to do when your computer stops responding to commands.
Series: Case Studies on Adult Learning
This report describes a labour force concept developed and used in Newfoundland and Labrador to connect prospective employers with individuals who have employment barriers. The Bridging the Gap: From Education to Employment (BTG) model provides a customized workplace Essential Skills training program that meets the needs of both local businesses partners and program participants.
The program was pioneered in 1995 in one region on Newfoundland’s east coast and has expanded to include six other economic zones and 14 private business firms throughout the province. It includes 40 weeks of combined classroom and practical learning for participants, with all classroom learning linked to the workplace.
Specifically, the BTG model identifies businesses in rural areas that want to expand their operations but face challenges in hiring qualified staff; selects potential participants based upon their aptitudes and abilities; and works with local educational institutions to develop and provide a program that meets the needs of the workplace and the participant.
Participants are chosen mainly from those who use federal or provincial income support programs. In addition, most participants express a desire to remain in their communities.
The authors note that in addition to helping participants improve their employment opportunities and increasing the productivity of local business, the BTG model decreases reliance on government social programs.
This document is part of a series of case studies on adult learning.
This presentation shows the highlights of a webinar hosted in March 2012 by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to discuss the importance of Essential Skills for immigrants in today’s knowledge-based economy.
The webinar focused on three specific initiatives: an Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) focusing on economic integration, education, health, and other needs; a project in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that looked at a new approach for linking Essential Skills with the teaching of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 1-4 and English as an Additional Language (EAL) literacy; and a discussion of the Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Education at Alberta’s NorQuest College.
The webinar also included a discussion of the nature of Essential Skills and a look at the tools and resources available through HRSDC’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES).
Series: Essential Skills Training - LLEO
This document is one of a series of Essential Skills occupational curricula developed for use in adult upgrading programs. There is a corresponding guide for practitioners.
The authors have divided the material into six modules: an introduction to call centres; professionalism; customer service; telephone skills; computer skills; and health and safety.
Each module contains a variety of learning activities designed to develop a range of skills, including reading, writing, and interpersonal communication. Some of the activities are based on the kinds of situations encountered while working at a call centre while others deal with issues like handling anxiety and stress while speaking with clients.
Some activities are designed for the learner to do on his own while others require the learner to work with a partner.