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Making Memory Stick: Memory & Learning with Seniors - Research findings of the Carnegie Learning Centre (2004)

This tip sheet accompanies a video about memory and what helps improve memory, particularly in seniors.

Memory is the ability to store, retain and recall experiences, and it can be short-term or long-term. As well, there are different types of memory. For example, semantic memory deals with non-personal, factual knowledge, while procedural memory retains learned actions like walking, swimming, or riding a bike.

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2012-09-13

Waking up to the possibilities of learning disabilities [Video – 7:45] (2012)

In this short video, a young woman explains how having a learning disability affected her during her school years.

Angela loves horses, singing, and writing songs. She also has dyslexia, a learning disability characterized by difficulty with reading.

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2012-09-06

Think Aloud in Mathematics [Video - 6:09] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

This video features literacy educator Kate Nonesuch, explaining how an instructor can use thinking aloud to help adults learn math.

She uses a math problem that involves determining what percentage one number is of another. As she looks at the problem, she discusses aloud the points the problem raises; estimates her answer; and draws a diagram to help in her calculations.

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2012-07-27

The Literacy and Essential Skills Needs of Quebec's Anglophone Adults (2012)

This document describes a project, carried out between October 2010 and August 2011, to find out more about the literacy and essential skills (LES) needs of Anglophone adults living in Quebec.

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2012-07-27

Printing Machine Operator – Essential Skills (2011)

This occupational curriculum has been developed to help learners strengthen their reading, writing, and other Essential Skills in preparation for an entry-level position that can provide on-the-job training in the printing industry.

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2012-07-26

The Business Case for Essential Skills in Construction (2010)

The research behind this report establishes a link between Essential Skills upgrading during early apprenticeship training and return on training investment for employers. The report contains three major sections: the impact of offering Essential Skills training for apprentices; the impact on return on training investment; and lessons learned from applying Essential Skills interventions.

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2012-07-23

Think Aloud in Communications [Video - 5:49] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

In this video, literacy educator Kate Nonesuch explains a technique to help adult learners get more out of their reading.

When a person reads a text, some of the information is right there on the page, she points out. Other information emerges because the person thinks about the text and questions its meaning.

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2012-07-18

Tips on Introducing Essential Skills into Construction Trades Training (2010)

Trades instructors looking for practical ways to teach Essential Skills to apprentices studying a trade will find useful information in this publication. It provides tips and strategies for teaching Reading, Document Use and Numeracy.

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2012-07-17

Brighter Futures Project: Building on Family Literacy Programs by Incorporating Essential Skills (2012)

This manual grew out of a research project undertaken by an Alberta adult learning association, to examine the incorporation of Essential Skills into a family literacy program.

The project focused specifically on the Essential Skills of computer use and numeracy. A curriculum was developed and was piloted in three rural communities in Alberta.

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2012-07-16

Paving the Way to Lasting Employment (2012)

A Manual and Twelve Interactive Training Videos Demonstrating the Importance and Practice of Essential Skills in the Small Business Environment

This manual, which accompanies a series of 12 interactive videos, grew out of a project that focused on the “soft skills” that are a key to holding down a job. Those are the Essential Skills of oral communication, working with others, and thinking skills.

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2012-07-09

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