Literacy – Theory & Best Practices

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Webinars & Online Training

Online Training: Tools and Best Practices for Working with Literacy LearnersLISTN
This online training module helps instructors learn best practices in teaching and supporting adult literacy ESL learners.

Webinar: Making Teaching Multi-level Literacy Class Fun, Tutela
This webinar focuses on making teaching multilevel literacy class a fun, positive and uplifting experience. The presenter talks about building community of learners, and shares her experiences, strategies, resources and stories about making class meaningful and fulfilling for literacy learners.

Webinar: Orientation to the CCLB Literacy DocumentTutela
This webinar features a walk-through of the CLB Literacy framework document, ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL).

Webinar: Teaching ESL Literacy Foundation and Phase 1Tutela
This webinar discusses teaching ESL Literacy reading, writing, and numeracy skills. The presenter outlines different techniques, activities and resources for literacy learners.

Webinar: Examples of project-based teaching for Literacy learnersTutela
This webinar highlights examples of project-based learning that an Ottawa-based instructor has accomplished with her literacy students. The presenter gives practical advice for instructors on how to implement project-based learning in their own literacy classrooms.

Manuals, Resource Pages & Research

Resource Manual: Making It Real: Teaching Pre-literate Adult Refugee StudentsTacoma Community House Training Project
This resource manual reviews some effective instructional techniques and classroom activities for teaching preliterate adult refugees. It is divided into sections on teaching speaking and listening skills, and reading and writing skills. 

Resource Page: Essentials for Classroom Instruction – Tools to Support ESL Literacy Instructors, Bow Valley College
This resource pages contains information on best practices in the field of ESL Literacy and planning tools to support classroom instruction.

Resource Manual: Handbook for Literacy Tutors, The Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy
This handbook provides the information about working as a literacy tutor. It is intended to be a source of useful material for tutors with any level of experience in any type of literacy program.

Resource Manual: ESL for ALL (Adult Literacy Learners)Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
This manual contains information about classroom instruction, observation of progress, and curriculum development across a range of educational contexts. This document is suitable for use both by instructors in programs that provide separate classes for ESL Literacy learners and those who work in programs where ESL Literacy learners are included in mainstream ESL classes.

Resource Manual: Adult ESL Literacy Survival Guide for InstructorsLISTN
This guide contains information for ESL instructors who have literacy learners in their class. The guide identifies twelve common challenges and presents ideas on how to approach each one. The guide lists relevant resources, and gives a sample lesson progression highlighting one of the approaches.

Research: ESL and Literacy: Finding Common Ground, Serving Learners’ NeedsThe Centre for Literacy of Quebec
This literature review includes discussions on definitions of literacy and who is an ESL literacy learner. It addresses issues such as the training and working conditions of teachers, instructional strategies, assessment, and policy.

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