Authors: Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC)
Prepared by the Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC), now called Essential Skills Ontario, this document takes a historical look at literacy from the 19th century through to present-day programming in that province.
It includes sections about federal involvement in literacy; the history of French language education rights in Ontario; deaf literacy; and the connection between literacy and social justice.
The authors have also included material about specific organizations such as Laubach Literacy Ontario, Frontier College, the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, and Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA).
While much of the document is focused on literacy efforts in Ontario, the authors have also included information about the Antigonish Movement, an adult education initiative that began in Nova Scotia; Jane Addams, a social reformer who founded Chicago’s Hull House to help the poor of that city; and the Port Royal Experiment, started during the American Civil War to help former slaves become self-sufficient.
To learn more about Essential Skills Ontario, click here: http://www.essentialskillsontario.ca/.
Authors: Sally McBeth
Although we often think of George Orwell's classic essay on the politics of language as the starting place for the plain language movement, we are part of a tradition of advocacy for grace, simplicity, and equity in communication that goes back to Chaucer and beyond him, to the hybrid beginnings of the English language. Sally's short historical tour honoured the work of the plain language pioneers in our midst.
Authors: Alfred Jean-Baptiste
This manual is designed for tutors working with adult learners of Caribbean Creole heritage. It gives tutors historical and socio-cultural information on the Caribbean. Many people make value judgements about a person on the basis of how they speak English. This manual provides tutors with a framework for looking at language in non-judgemental ways, and for viewing language as a reflection of culture and history. In this context, it is hoped that the content will dispel some of the negative myths about varieties of English.
Content is divided into five sections: the first section looks at the history of the Caribbean; the second section examines the story of English and how it is used in different parts of the world; the third section looks at the development of Caribbean Creole English and the presence of other varieties of English; the fourth section discusses Caribbean oral tradition and its role and influence on Caribbean identity; and, section five describes the first steps in creating a model for tutoring Caribbean Creole English speakers.
Celebrating the past - Creating the future
Series: Frontier College - Annual Report
Authors: Frontier College
In 2009, Frontier College marked its 110th birthday. This report includes a historic perspective on the organization’s changing roles, from the labourer-teachers in frontier camps in its early decades, through a diversification of literacy outreach activities, to the emphasis on lifelong learning and the efforts to meet new challenges in a new century.
The report includes profiles of Frontier College’s activities in communities around Canada, including an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for domestic workers in Vancouver; a Junior Chefs program for children in Saskatoon; and an after-school Reading Buddies program in Fredericton that pairs senior citizens and children.
The report includes brief updates on research and community partnerships; a statement of operations for Frontier College; and a financial statement for the Frontier College Foundation, which raises money to support Frontier College’s programs.
Women's Education des femmes, 1979-1989 - Vol. 7, No. 2
Authors: Randi R. Warne
1989 marked the tenth anniversary of CCLOW. It was also the 60th anniversary of one of the most famous cases in Canadian legal history, the famous Person's Case, in which women were declared legally "persons" in the matter of rights and privileges, as well as in the matter of pains and penalties.
This article is about one of the five women who brought the Person's Case through the Canadian Supreme Court right up to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in Britain, Nellie McClung (1873-1951), celebrated novelist, essayist, suffragist, and political activist.
Literacy and EAL Curriculum from a Feminist Perspective
Authors: Kate Nonesuch
This book arose out of the ongoing work of the Literacy Committee of the CCLOW Board. It is a book of curriculum for women in literacy and English-as-an-additional-language (EAL) programs.
The book contains chapters on various themes, such as herstory, role models, self esteem, cross-cultural awareness, roles, everyday life, safer sex and work, as well as chapters organized around the genres of poetry and song and one organized around women's ways of learning.
An anniversary booklet
Authors: National Adult Literacy Database
The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009. This anniversary booklet, which features highlights of its 20-year history, was produced by NALD staff as a commemorative keepsake as the year came to a close.
What started in 1989 as a literacy project of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges at Fanshawe College has evolved over time to become Canada’s literacy and essential skills network. NALD’s services support the building of more literate families, increased participation in workplace education programs and a strengthened Canadian culture.
NALD is grateful to Fanshawe College for providing information for the foreword of the booklet. Information for the NALD 1989-2009 timeline was taken from NALD office reports.
Authors: Christine Mowat
Religion has nothing to do with plain language, right? Christine masterminded the Steering Committee's surprise entrance to the PLAIN 2002 conference in pilgrim garb. We often forget the international sweep of our movement. Christine's opening speech was an around-the-world and across-disciplines voyage to explore the heart of plain language.
Series: State of the Field Report
This study, funded by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), is one of a series of reports on the state adult learning in Canada. It based on the review and analysis of information from databases, bibliographies, websites, and publications.
The authors note that Canada’s vast territory and relatively low population density make e-learning an attractive alternative. As well, Canada has an abundance of resources, programs, networks, and projects that target both online learning and learning.
However, a lack of coordination and communication reduces the effectiveness of these resources. The authors point to partnerships as a key characteristic of contemporary e-learning and call on governments to promote e-learning through strategic funding and policy initiatives.
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
This paper discusses the following seven adult literacy education pioneers in the United States: Harriet A. Jacobs, Cora Wilson Stewart, J. Duncan Spaeth, Frank C. Laubach, Paul A. Witty, Francis P. Robinson, and Septima Poinsette Clark.