Skills that work: Workforce materials for literacy programs (2004)

This manual has been designed using a skills-based format suggested by many of the literacy practitioners the authors consulted. The authors have focused on eight skills: filling out forms; following spoken directions; following written directions; presenting information orally; reading labels; reading schedules; reading a form; and using fractions. With the exception of “following written directions,” each skill has four jobs attached to it and each job includes at least one piece of authentic workplace material.

The activities for each of the levels have been developed around the materials and are the skills that a learner at that specific level should display upon exiting the level. These skills are outlined in the Ontario Literacy Coalition’s Level Descriptors.

For instance, one of the jobs attached to the skill of using fractions is that of a cook and the associated work material is a restaurant’s recipe for a pasta dish. At level 1, the learner must be able to point out the half-cup mark on a measuring cup. At level 2, the learner has to figure out how to make up the equivalent of one whole onion from portions of three onions. At level 4, the learner has to figure out how many batches will be needed, and at what time to start cooking each batch, to meet the customers’ orders for a popular dish on a busy night.

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2012-05-30
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Malcolm Purdy, Courtney McCann and Charlene Hofbauer. Skills that work: Workforce materials for literacy programs 2004. Web. 31 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/skillsthatwork/skillsthatwork.pdf>
Malcolm Purdy, Courtney McCann & Charlene Hofbauer (2004). Skills that work: Workforce materials for literacy programs. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/skillsthatwork/skillsthatwork.pdf
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