Series: Newcomer Finances Toolkit
Authors: Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)
This booklet is part of the Newcomers Finances series produced by Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF). The worksheets cover a range of banking matters, including opening an account; cashing a government cheque; making deposits and withdrawals; direct deposit; preauthorized debits; Internet and telephone banking; banking fees; and dealing with banking problems. Each section includes step-by-step descriptions of each banking activity.
There are also real-life examples of banking matters. For instance, one section outlines the steps someone takes to cancel a preauthorized debit for a monthly gym membership once he decides to quit the gym.
This report grew out of a project entitled Provincial Partnerships to Promote Essential Skills: Motivation, Process and Outcomes. The partners agreed to focus on an Essential Skills resource for frontline practitioners and they developed a manual for that purpose. Originally, the focus was on developing a workshop that could be presented in venues appropriate to each of the project partners. However, after further discussion, it was agreed that the workshop format would limit the number of people who could benefit from it.
The document includes a history of literacy in Canada, leading up to the development of Essential Skills. Other chapters explain literacy and Essential Skills in the Canadian context and set out how Essential Skills connect to adult literacy. One chapter discusses how Essential Skills profiles can be developed for jobs included in the National Occupational Classification while a subsequent chapter focuses on tips for using such profiles in employment services to learners and clients, upgrading programs and career research. The final chapter includes tips and resources for using Essential Skills as learning opportunities.
The document also has a number of appendices, including a glossary of abbreviations and acronyms, an Essential Skills and levels comparison chart and a set of tips for using the National Occupational Classification to find ES profiles.
What Unions Should Know About Negotiating Worker-Centred Literacy Programs
Series: Learning in Solidarity
Authors: Canadian Labour Congress
This handbook is designed to help unions negotiate literacy and basic skills programs for their members. It is intended for those unions just starting to consider the possibility of bargaining for a literacy program, as well as unions that already have language on training but are seeking to add a basic skills component. Bargaining Basic Skills is part of the Learning in Solidarity series of Canadian Labour Congress resources on various aspects of literacy and basic skills for unions.
This handbook is divided into five sections:
1. Six good reasons to bargain basic skills - why unions should become involved in bargaining basic skills.
2. Worker-centred learning - looks at the essence of a union program on basic skills.
3. Planning for bargaining - outlines the five stages in the bargaining process.
4. Basic skills and public education - examines how unions can partner with public education institutions.
5. Stories from the front lines - offers examples, success stories and model clauses.
Authors: Diane McCargar
This website review from CONNECT features the website Basic Computer Literacy for Adults. This website contains an easy-to-read introduction to basic computer skills.
Authors: Calvin Coish
This series of six readers is based on the book The Hitch-Hiker, published in 1995. These readers provide a closer look at Newfoundland and Labrador. Each book begins with a Vocabulary listing the new words that learners might have difficulty pronouncing, and ends with a series of Questions to test comprehension and then topics For Discussion and Study. The series comprises:
Book 1 - Western Newfoundland ISBN 0-9682905-0-7 (bk. 1)
Book 2 - Labrador ISBN 0-9682905-1-5 (bk. 2)
Book 3 - Central Newfoundland ISBN 0-9682905-2-3 (bk. 3)
Book 4 - Eastern Newfoundland ISBN 0-9682905-3-1 (bk. 4)
Book 5 - South Coast ISBN 0-9682905-4-x (bk. 5)
Book 6 - Avalon Peninsula ISBN 0-9682905-5-8 (bk. 6)
Authors: Diane McCargar
This software review from CONNECT describes Basic Math for Windows. This shareware program provides learners with multiple choice questions on a variety of math topics.
Series: ALT Technology Workshops Manuals
Authors: Advancing Learning Technology
This manual offers learners basic information about computers and information technology and is intended to be used in a hands-on workshop . It uses pictures and relatively simple and straightforward text to introduce learners to computers and explain how to use common software and programs. Topics discussed include
- Windows desktop
- using Windows
- using the mouse
- internet basics
- email basics
- online learning sites
Helping Solicit and Track Donations
Authors: Diane McCargar
This software review from CONNECT features BasicFunder. This free software can help nonprofit organizations solicit and track donations.
Prepared by Jean Rasmussen of Literacy BC, this Framework is intended as a guide to promote good practice and provide support and information to the many individuals and groups involved in family literacy
This document was prepared in 1999 by a team of family literacy stakeholders led by Literacy BC and the Provincial Family Literacy Working Group – Training and Standards Sub-Committee. The framework is intended to promote good practice and provide support and information to the wide range of individuals and groups involved with family literacy throughout British Columbia. The document includes a definition of family literacy and statements of the goals and values of family literacy in B.C. The Statements of Best Practice section presents a list of 16 factors that contribute to best practice in family literacy, from philosophy and planning to resources and language diversity. The Standards of Best Practice section reworks those 16 factors into a checklist to provide an evaluation tool for program planning and development.