Authors: Francis E. Kazemek
O Public Road... You Express Me Better
Than I Can Express Myself by Francis E. Kazemek is a story in the book Wayfering Journeys in Language, Learning and Culture, it is a collection of writings by ABE instructors and students in Newfoundland brought together for a ‘language awareness project', designed to explore attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about language and the teaching of language.
"Even in the book's earliest stages, the concept of wayfaring, travelling close to the ground, was prominent as a metaphor for the literacy we need inside classrooms, and inside ourselves."
This is also a useful contribution to the literature of practitioner research and inquiry.
Readings for Adult Literacy Students
This book is intended for adult readers. Available as a companion to Okanagan History Vignettes is an exercise book for the vignettes with many exercises and answer keys.
Series: Miramichi Literacy Writers
This booklet was written in clear language and is suitable for adult new readers. It is part of a series of 24 booklets by Miramichi Literacy Writers. Some of the other titles include:
Ferry Boats of Days Gone By
The Irish of the Miramichi
Native Peoples of the Miramichi
Old Lumber Camps on the Miramichi
The Dungarvon Whooper
This fact sheet is part of a series prepared by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) to focus attention on a variety of literacy-related topics.
The authors note that the increasing literacy demands of everyday life are a challenge for older Canadians, many of whom had their schooling cut short for a variety of reasons. Even those who had a strong educational foundation may find their skills eroding from lack of practice.
While literacy instruction offers many benefits to seniors, they are underrepresented in literacy programs, which often target those whose goal is employment.
To counteract these problems, the authors suggest developing programs specifically for seniors; working with existing seniors’ groups to promote adult literacy; using clear and effective communication to reach older Canadians; and encouraging more literate seniors to become literacy tutors.
A Discussion Paper
Canada faces shortages of skilled workers in many sectors. This discussion paper examines the potential for easing those shortages by improving the rates of retention and re‐engagement of older workers.
The authors offer a number of recommendations for retaining and recruiting older workers, including offering flexible arrangements; accommodating mobility restrictions and ensuring adequate lighting; providing opportunities for workers to learn about new technologies; and fostering a workplace culture that emphasizes interaction among all workers, regardless of age.
They note that some sector councils have already implemented programs and services of particular relevance to older workers. For example, the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council has placed resources on attracting, training and retaining older workers on its “Discover Tourism” web site.
Sector councils are industry‐led partnerships that bring together representatives from business, labour, education, and other professional groups to address sector‐wide human resource issues on a national scale. The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC) is the councils’ national coordinating body.
QLWG Individual Life Skills - Unit 20
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.
Document Use is one of the most important skills in the workplace but one of the most overlooked skills when it comes to preparing people for work. Documents are everywhere – they convey safety information and important warnings to staff, record daily routines, list items, track expenses, and on and on.
People have to fill them in on a regular basis at work and at home but many people (not just second language learners) still struggle to be accurate and complete. Why? Because, identifying the underpinning structure of documents may not have been clear in previous learning. This is one skill that, with some training, learners can become quite proficient at quite quickly.
Document Use refers to tasks that involve a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, icons and other visual characteristics such as line, colour and shape are given meaning by their spatial arrangement.
Integrating oral communication skills into the ESL classroom is nothing new – in fact that is pretty well a “raison d’etre” in the first place. Most language learning methods used in Canada include a balanced approach to learning that integrates speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing.
Oral Communication as defined in the Essential Skills Reader’s Guide refers to, “the use of speech to give and exchange thoughts and information by workers in an occupational group.” Dimensions of oral communication are based on four dimensions, including the range and complexity of the information, communication function and context, and the relative risks of a failure in communication.