Northwest Territories Literacy Council
|When:||Thursday, May 29, 2008 ‐‐ Saturday, May 31, 2008|
|Where:||Northern Arts and Culture Centre, 4701 ‐ 52nd Avenue, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada|
|Contact Information:||Northern Arts and Culture Centre
4701 ‐ 52nd Avenue, Yellowknife, NWT
Tel.: (867) 873‐4950 Fax: (867) 669‐9826
Bread and Roses Writing Contest
The Bread and Roses Writing Contest started as a celebration of International Women’s Day and has developed as a means of highlighting emergent women’s issues. The 2008 Bread and Roses Contest theme is: I’m going to be nicer to me. The purpose is to have women discuss, reflect, brainstorm, share, and write down their ideas about how women can be better to themselves when they are learning and how they can stop putting themselves and others down. Key information is:
If you have any questions, email or call Elaine Gaber‐Katz at 416‐530‐0253.
Fundraising Lessons Learned at April 1 Brown Bag Lunch
Volunteer NWT invites you to attend the Fundraising Lessons Learned with guest, David Gilday, April 1 at noon at the Yellowknife Public Library. As Fundraising Chair for the 2008 Arctic Winter Games, David raised $4 million. David will make a brief presentation and answer questions about what worked and what didnʹt work during his fundraising efforts. Volunteer NWT invites leaders of voluntary organizations to meet the first Tuesday of each month to share information and learn from each other. Out of town people can contact email@example.com for a summary of the discussion. For more information, contact Aggie at 873‐4588.
Scholarship and Grant applications
The Yellowknife Community Foundation is pleased to announce its 2008 call for Scholarship and Grant applications. Annual scholarships are available for individuals studying in the fine and performing arts, sport and physical activity, language studies and aviation training. A wide range of grants are also available for registered charities. For further information: www.yellowknifecommunityfoundation.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will budget address workplace learning needs?
By Peter Sawyer, Moncton Regional Learning Council
Published Tuesday March 18th, 2008
The opening paragraph of the March 2007 report published by the Canadian Council on Learning stresses the urgency of improving workplace learning. ʺWithin the next decade, our biggest challenge will be ensuring we have enough workers and that they have the skills and knowledge they need. Without a strong commitment to and investment in workplace learning, there is no certainty that Canada will be up to this challenge.ʺ
In October 2007, Statistics Canada published Adult Learning in Canada; A Comparative Perspective based on the results of the 2003 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey. Included in the many factual statements, tables and graphs was the persistent theme of the lack of investment and participation by Canadians in adult education and training. To read the whole article go to http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/search/article/242932#
Live, Horse, ‘Til the Grass Grows: A Study of Family Literacy in New Brunswick: Work, Outcomes, and Best Practices
Published by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB), Feb 2008
To download a copy go to www.nald.ca/library/research/live/livehors‐web.pdf
A Health Literacy Manual for Older Adults (2006)
We know from the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Learning Skills Survey (IALSS), that many seniors have difficulty reading and writing. Poor literacy skills seriously compromise seniorsʹ health and well‐being: if seniors have difficulty reading and writing, they may not able to obtain health information or may not be able to understand instructions. This manual is a compilation of eight health literacy lesson plans to be used by literacy tutors and health educators who work with seniors. These lesson plans will help older adults enhance their literacy skills while learning about health topics that are of interest to them. In addition to short readings on the above topics, the lessons also include a variety of literacy activities.
The lesson plans are entitled as follows:
To download a copy go to www.nald.ca/library/learning/hlmoa/cover.htm.
Best books and links for tutors to try!
By: Halifax Community Learning Network
This document contains a list of books, web sites and other learning tools that an adult literacy tutor would find useful. The resources have been organized according to subject such as math, early readers, spelling, etc. The Halifax Community Learning Network compiled this list of resources after hosting a series of Tutor Learning Circles in 2007. The Learning Circles were an opportunity for volunteer tutors to discuss materials that they had found useful in their work as adult literacy tutors. To download go to www.nald.ca/library/learning/booklist/cover.htm.
Reading / Writing / Listening / Grammar / Vocabulary / Phonics
This site covers all the above and is especially designed for adult learners. There are tips for tutors and teaching points for learners that can be printed off. When an area has been taught there are very creative, fun games and quizzes that the learner can do independently to see if they have learned the area covered. Well worth a look.
Voice of America News and special interest articles using a base vocabulary of 1500 words. Intended for ESL learners but relevant for Literacy learners too. Articles are read very slowly using high frequency vocabulary. Click link “English teaching” for reading exercises.
This is a site linked to a newspaper for adult learners produced in Alberta. There are learners’ stories on line here, with text to speech software and pictures to go along with the text. The site would work well for literacy and ESL learners. The design is very uncluttered and simple … ideal for adult learners just beginning to use the computer.
A free interactive learning site which teaches everyday skills … the scenarios have audio, so use headphones. The Everyday Life section teaches Banking and using ATM; checking a receipt; grocery list; measuring; filling a prescription; classifieds; job applications; bus map and more
Community Literacy Coordinator
NWT Literacy Council
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N6
Toll Free: 1-866-599-6758
Phone: (867) 873-9262
Fax : (867) 873-2176
Web Site: www.nwt.literacy.ca
The NWT Literacy Council is a non-profit, non-government agency dedicated to supporting the development of literacy in all official languages of the NWT.
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