Learning Activity 1

1-1: Literacy Definitions

Read the definitions below for the word 'literacy'. Which one do you like most. Are you surprised by the different meanings of literacy? How do these definitions compare to the definitions you came up with?

  1. Literacy is the ability to understand and use print material at work, at home and in the community.
  2. Literacy is the ability to read, write, calculate, speak, understand and communicate in forms of language according to need. It is a continuum of these skills necessary for everyday life in the home, at work, in education and in the community.
  3. Literacy is about more than reading and writing. It is about being able to function in our world: to understand, imagine and create. As our world changes, so do the skills and knowledge we need to function effectively.
  4. All Nunavummiut have the right to participate fully and be included in their community. Literacy is much more than reading and writing, it also means being connected to your language and culture. Literacy involves everyone and is fundamental to the development of health and well-being. Literacy is fostering and nurturing understanding, knowledge and wisdom. (Developed at a literacy summit in Arviat.)
  5. Literacy is the lifelong development of a broad range of skills with one or more of the NWT official languages for the purpose of expanding an individual's potential for optimal health, personal success and positive participation in community wellness and development. (Literacy Strategy, GNWT)