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This short story written by Joan Cawley and Ruth Diamond delves into the lives of two girls who just got out of training school for joining the Belman circus. It tells their story, about the people they meet and the lives of circus performers all set in different areas of Europe. It provides details about all aspects of circus life and has creative hand drawn images. It is appropriate for adult readers and is written in clear language.
This fact sheet examines the relationship between literacy and health.
The authors point out that low literacy has been shown to have a negative effect on all aspects of health, including life expectancy, accident rates, and the prevalence of such diseases as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Literacy and health goals have a better chance of success when they are pursued together, the authors note. They call for the development of partnerships between health and literacy organizations; the use of clear language in both written and verbal communications; a participatory approach to helping people learn about and understand the health issues that affect them; and action on systemic issues, such as poverty, that adversely affect both literacy and health.
This document is part of a series prepared by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) to draw attention to a variety of literacy-related topics.
QLWG Individual Life Skills - Unit 28
Series: QLWG Skills for Life Series
Authors: Vicki-Ann Huegli
Competency-based learning meets the needs of all learners. It is important to keep in mind, however, that all learners are different. In order to address the needs and interests of all learners, the units in this publication have been divided by Essential Life Skills and Individual Life Skills.
Essential Life Skills are important for everyone, while Individual Life Skills address the needs and interests of different learners. Once learners have completed the “Essential” units, they may choose a unit that is applicable to their interests and lifestyle.
A Learners Toolkit
Authors: Nunavut Literacy Council
This learner's toolkit begins by providing general information on literacy such as the meaning of the term "literacy" and an explanation of the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey. It then focuses more specifically on literacy in Nunavut, looking at the literacy levels among adults in Nunavut and the types of programs needed by adult learners in that region. The last part of this toolkit discusses what citizens can do to encourage the government to make literacy a priority and includes advice on lobbying candidates and sample letters to candidates.
The content of this workbook is the result of a nine-month action research project called 'A Participatory Framework for Enhancing Community Capacity'. It is a tool kit of information that you may find useful in planning and carrying out local literacy
projects and other community activities. This project also produced a an action research report (http://www.nwt.literacy.ca/comdevel/nln/combuild/report/cover.htm).
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