This early submission to the Ontario Ministry of Education was prepared by the Curriculum Working Group of the Metropolitan Toronto Movement for Literacy. It makes the case for community-based basic literacy programming.
A Reference Handbook and Resource Guide
Authors: Literacy Partners of Manitoba (LPM)
"Demystifying Adult Literacy For Volunteer Tutors: A Reference Handbook and Resource Guide" is a compilation of some of this background information gathered from a variety of different sources.
Each section ends with a list of references from which the information is obtained.
This Reference Handbook and Resource Guide is intended as a 'tool' for new and more experienced tutors, to provide background information about:
- literacy itself, how widespread it is and why;
- volunteer tutors - roles and responsibilities, and what personal characteristics are helpful in your role;
working with adult learners, what they need, how they feel;
- developing the tutor/learner relationship and learning program.
Also provided are: a glossary entitled "Are you literacy literate?" which outlines various types of literacy programs, and clarifies many common terms within the literacy field; and an extensive Annotated Bibliography of resources available through Literacy Partners of Manitoba.
This directory lists programs and initiatives that provide family literacy education and support in
New Brunswick. It is divided into two sections, with the first section listing province-wide initiatives that offer programs or services in many communities around New Brunswick. The second section lists local programs and initiatives by county.
For each entry, the directory provides information about when, where, and for whom the program or initiative is offered, and who to contact for further information or to enrol. If there is a fee for the program, that is noted.
The authors explain that the document will be updated regularly and provide an email address that readers can use to forward information about programs in their communities.
Authors: Literacy Nova Scotia
Since 2008, Literacy Nova Scotia (LNS) has celebrated International Adult Learners’ Week (IALW) with a writing contest that represents the culmination of a series of workshops held around the province. The contest is open to workshop participants, as well as learners from other adult learning, English as a Second Language (ESL), seniors’, and workplace programs.
The contest has four categories, with a winner chosen for each one. The four winners are invited to read their submissions at a reception in Halifax.
This video features Earl Leslie, winner in the workforce development category. He reflects on how participating in academic upgrading and other programs gave him skills that proved to be invaluable not only in his workplace but also in his personal life.
Specifically, he talks about his work as a volunteer for a boys’ choir, which requires him to organize fundraising initiatives; arrange public performances; and maintain an inventory of uniforms.
He has also helped coordinate workplace education programs that focus on communication skills.
Authors: Lillis Lawrence
Thie book entitled "Eat Right and Save Money" is a plain language guide to healthy eating and includes the Cree translation. It was first published in 1996 with the Plain Language Nutrition Project and was subsequently reprinted and revised to incorporate the new Canada Food Guide.
The contents include:
- Northern Food Guide (Mech-i-win Kiskinota Musinuhikun);
- Feeding Your Unborn Baby (Kasamut Kichawasimis);
- Snacks for Growth (Mechiwinsa Opikiwin Oche);
- Feeding Baby (Awasis Kasumut);
- Breastfeeding (Nohawasawin);
- Bottle Feeding (Notwakun);
- Solid Foods (Mechiwina);
- Food Shopping (Mechiwin Atawewin);
- Shopping Tips;
- Menu Ideas;
- Grocery List; and
- End of Month Shopping.
This guide grew out of an Ontario project called Enhancing Pathways, which aimed to improve communications and referrals among agencies that provide language and literacy programming in their communities.
Its purpose is to address challenges faced by people in Ontario’s Durham region who are identified as “grey area” clients: those who have English language, literacy, and sometimes employment issues, and who might otherwise end up in programs that do not best meet their needs. The guide is intended for use by frontline staff.
Specifically, the clients in question are those whose first language is not English and who may therefore need additional English language skills. However, they might also have issues related to literacy, basic skills, or employment, making it difficult to determine which service they should access first. They may also have additional barriers like learning disabilities, which can be difficult to assess on first contact.
The guide is made up of three components: questions a frontline staff person can ask that will help identify “grey area” clients and the best service option for them; a referral chart that outlines, in graphic form, the process for determining the best option for such a client; and more information about specific English language, literacy, and employment services in the region.
The guide is to be used when the potential client first approaches a Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), Employment Services (ES), ESL, or Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) service provider in the region.
This fact sheet offers examples of how Essential Skills are required to help individuals handle their finances.
For example, numeracy is needed to calculate costs or savings, or to develop a balanced budget. The skill of writing is needed to apply for a loan or a scholarship, while oral communication is used to talk to a financial planner.
The fact sheet is one in a series prepared by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB).
One of a series prepared by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB), this fact sheet focuses on the role of Essential Skills in health.
The authors provide examples of how each Essential Skill can be used in a health-related situation. For instance, numeracy skills help a person calculate the correct dose of a medicine.
The skill of working with others enables an individual to develop and maintain relationships with health professionals.
This document is one of a series of fact sheets developed by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) to explain the importance of Essential Skills in a variety of settings.
The authors provide examples of how each of the essential skills is required in dealing with the justice system. For example, the skill of reading text is needed to understand a jury summons or a pamphlet about community justice.
Writing skills are required to prepare a victim impact statement or to write a letter to someone in prison, while continuous learning might involve reading newspaper articles about justice-related issues.
This document is one of a series of fact sheets developed by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) to increase awareness of the importance of Essential Skills in a variety of settings.
Here, the authors provide examples of how Essential Skills are used by seniors every day. For instance, the skill of reading enables seniors to read to their grandchildren.
Seniors use the skill of continuous learning when they join new clubs or keep up with changes in technology.