Adult Basic Education

Essential Skills for Success as a Carpenter (2009)

This fact sheet, prepared by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), explains how a carpenter would use Essential Skills to carry out everyday tasks.

For instance, a carpenter would need the Essential Skill of reading for project specifications and notes on blueprints while the skill of oral communication would be needed to talk with the owner about potential changes.

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2013-03-12

Performance Based Funding for Adult Education Results: Support for What We Value (2012)

Presented at Fall Institute 2012 organized by The Centre for Literacy

The author of this discussion paper has worked for more than 25 years with adult learners in Massachusetts. She describes her experiences from 1990-1999 as an instructor in a training program funded on a pay-for-performance basis under a legislative act designed to transition people off public assistance and into full-time employment.

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2013-03-07

Poetry for Northern Learners: English 120 (2011)

This curriculum unit is part of a series developed for use in adult literacy and basic education programs.

The authors note that teaching poetry at the English 120 level presents many of the same challenges as it does at the 110 level, but the task is a little easier because learners at this level are more independent readers and writers.

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2013-01-25

Stella's Circle: Hope Lives Here (2012)

Presentation at the Fall Institute 2012, Saint John, NB – October 14 – 16, 2012

This presentation explains how a social services agency in St. John’s, Newfoundland, is using social enterprise to provide education and training to men and women who have significant barriers to employment. Stella’s Circle refers to the programs offered by Stella Burry Community Services, named for a pioneering social worker in Newfoundland.

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2013-01-14

Poetry for Northern Learners: English 110 (2011)

This curriculum unit has been developed for use by practitioners working with learners at the 110 level in adult basic education. Other units in the series provide material at the 120 and 130 levels.

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2013-01-09

Creating Clearer Sightlines to Employment – Webinar presented by John McLaughlin, Essential Skills Ontario [Video – 59:53] (2012)

This webinar, presented by the manager of research and business development at Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), offers an opportunity for discussion of the research paper of the same name.

Even with improvements in the economy, people without high school diplomas are staying unemployed, he points out. This represents a long-term decline in job prospect for those with low educational attainment.

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2012-12-21

In-House Basic Training (2009)

Created in 1975, the Table des Responsables de l’Éducation des Adultes et de la Formation Professionnelle (TRÉAQFP) is an autonomous organization that encourages collaborative efforts to develop adult and vocational education in Quebec. Its members include all the French-language school boards in Québec, two English-language school boards, and two school boards with special status.

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2012-12-07

Approaches to Service Coordination (2011)

This document offers a discussion and analysis of four possible approaches to service coordination to meet the complex needs of Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) students in Ontario communities. The document was prepared by the Ontario Literacy Coalition, now known as Essential Skills Ontario (ESO).

The four approaches presented are case management; inter-agency cooperation; integrated programming; and community-wide planning.

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2012-12-04

What is PLATO?—Literacy Works, V1, No.2 (1990)

This article describes the Local PLATO Delivery System from The Roach Organization (TRO), an instructional local area network combining computer hardware and software to give instructors the tools to provide individualized instruction for students.

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2012-11-26

Poetry for Northern Learners: English 130 (2011)

This curriculum unit, part of a series developed for use in adult literacy and basic education programs, is aimed at learners who are independent readers and writers, and are ready to develop critical thinking, reading, and viewing skills.

It includes four poetry studies, each anchored by one main poem that highlights one of the following techniques: metaphor; personification; repeated sounds; and symbol.

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2012-10-30

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