Authors: Tom Ciancone
This article examines numeracy for adults learning English as a second language (ESL) as well as for those who teach them. It focuses on learners with low literacy skills and provides curriculum ideas and resources for use in the classroom. While many suggestions are based on the author's experiences in teaching adult immigrants in Canada, they are applicable to adult ESL instruction in other English-speaking countries.
Literacy in B.C. Corrections
Authors: Audrey M Thomas
This project was designed to determine the experiences of offenders in adult correctional facilities in the province in relation to their literacy needs, and to discover where and how those needs were being met. The author also makes recommendations for future action in relation to literacy programs.
To prepare the report Audrey Thomas interviewed inmates and obtained information from questionnaires sent to five selected groups: correctional centre directors; adult basic education administrators in the corrections field; literacy/ABE instructors in B.C. Corrections; halfway community agencies; and community literacy groups.
National Learning Needs Assessment Summary Report
In 1999 the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union established the National Literacy Project to increase awareness among union members and local union officers about literacy, and to examine the literacy demands and literacy learning needs experienced by CEP members today.
This is a summary of a 2004 Workshop held in Charlottetown PEI for the Atlantic Canada Literacy Coalitions. The workshop was designed to help attendees improve proposals, projects and organizations and improve the knowledge, skill and practice in organizational and evaluation planning.
Authors: Project Literacy Victoria
With funders looking for measurable outcomes, accountability has become an important issue in the non-profit sector. This document describes a community literacy organization’s efforts to develop a method for measuring outcomes that would satisfy funders and, at the same time, guide the organization’s planning and practice.
The authors describe the stages of the project, including choosing which outcomes to measure; specifying indicators; collecting data; organizing data and reporting; and using the findings.
A number of recommendations emerged from the project, including a suggestion that small non-profit organizations would be in a better position to measure outcomes if more technical assistance were available from governments, national associations, and community foundations.
Bengt and Maria talked about the successful European Law Conference held during Sweden's presidency of the Union and their attempts to move the European Union away from a traditional, bureaucratic way of writing legislation. They also described a new tool developed by a linguist to evaluate the comprehensibility of communications from the Swedish public authorities. They presented the results of that evaluation and of other projects.
The authors of this document set out the standards for evaluating the success of Aboriginal language programs, then apply those standards to a specific program.
The authors note that Aboriginal learning has three foundational themes based on place, spirit and Aboriginal language that form the base of indigenous knowledge. Promising practices in Aboriginal languages must address the three foundational themes.
As well, the practices must embody any or all of several foundational principles: improving the learning of Aboriginal individuals and respecting diverse learning styles; legitimizing the voice of all Aboriginal people through place and culture; encouraging a transformative approach to learning that embraces indigenous knowledge while respecting mainstream knowledge; and supporting learning and community by encouraging the involvement of parents, Elders and community in order to build a successful learning continuum and healthy, resilient communities.
The authors then provide a detailed look at the programs and practices of the
Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Centre (KORLCC).
Authors: Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
The document "Report Card", published by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, is an overview of the IALSS, released in 2005.
The main themes of the document are:
- Labour Market Outcomes
- Industry Sectors
- Incidence of Low Proficiency
This document offers a capsule summary of basic skills training and the workplace.
The authors begin by providing an overview of the stages in establishing basic skills training in the workplace and listing the objectives at each stage. From there, they go on to list, for each stage, the objectives and main activities to be carried out; discuss the impact of basic skills training on a firm’s productivity; offer practical suggestions for integrating the assessment process into the basic skills training; and give examples of the types of materials to be used throughout the process.
The authors describe the organization of the document as a highway with various exits, which means that it can be used in a number of ways. Readers can go back and forth within the same stage; take shortcuts that meet their needs; go from one objective in one stage to an objective in another stage; or stop to review the summary table of objectives.
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
Thomas Sticht, an International Consultant in Adult Education, offers comments on the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey.