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Centre for Literacy of Quebec’s Library

Centre for Literacy of Quebec’s Library

The Centre for Literacy of Quebec is home to one of Canada’s largest special library collections on adult literacy, basic skills, and related topics in education.

Decoda Literacy Solutions Resource Catalogue

Decoda Literacy Solutions Resource Catalogue

This section of the Decoda Literacy Solutions website is intended to provide you online access to the library collection.

The Directory of Canadian Adult Literacy Research in English

The Directory of Canadian Adult Literacy Research in English

A comprehensive database containing Canadian research in adult literacy from 1994, as well as research in progress.

Learning Links Resource Centre

Learning Links Resource Centre

A valuable resource for teachers, parents and students, the LearningLinks Resource Centre is one of the largest resource centres of its kind in Canada. The collection of over 15,000 items includes in depth-information on family literacy; ESL; workplace, health, senior and adult literacy topics; learning disabilities; and attention issues.

Literacy Partners of Manitoba Library Catalogue

Literacy Partners of Manitoba Library Catalogue

Literacy Partners of Manitoba Library containing accessible resources such as books, brochures, text books, videos and CD's

VOCEDplus: the tertiary education research database – Education for work and beyond

VOCEDplus: the tertiary education research database – Education for work and beyond

VOCEDplus is a free research database for tertiary education, especially as it relates to workforce needs, skills development, and social inclusion. The database is based in Australia, and includes information from all over the world.

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Online educational resources

Canada Research Chairs – Find an Expert

Canada Research Chairs – Find an Expert

This database of over 1,800 profiles of Canada Research Chairs is an invaluable resource for researchers looking for an expert in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, health, the social sciences and humanities. The Canada Research Chairs program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development.

Canadian Literacy Thesaurus

Canadian Literacy Thesaurus

The Canadian Literacy Thesaurus is a bilingual list of standardized vocabulary in the area of adult literacy. Developed in consultation with the Canadian literacy community, both the terminology and structure of the thesaurus reflect the diversity of regional literacy practices and activities across Canada.

Getting Online/The GO Project

Getting Online/The GO Project

Getting Online: Distance Education Promising Practices for Canadian Literacy Practitioners (the GO Project) was an innovative national project designed to research trends, technologies and promising practices in online learning in Canada. This website features an overview of online learning, tips for online learners, a section devoted to online software and training modules.

GrammarBook.com

GrammarBook.com

If you need a quick review of grammar, punctuation and capitalization rules that support the English language, this website will serve you well. A handy guide to commonly confused words and rules for writing numbers are also featured.

Language Portal of Canada

Language Portal of Canada

The Language Portal of Canada is a website that showcases Canadian expertise in the area of language. It informs readers about Canadian resources including online language tools; articles and writing tips; word games and exercises (the Well Written, Well Said section); a collection of links to language-related works and sites (the Discover section); and Canadian writing tools and content produced by governments, universities and others. Information is available in English and French, and in some Aboriginal languages.

Learning and Violence

Learning and Violence

This website features practical ideas to make it easier to teach and learn when you or people you work with are faced with violence or hard times. You will also be linked to people and organizations that are exploring violence and learning through research and practice. Most of the information is Canadian and from the adult literacy field.

Media Awareness Network (MNet)

Media Awareness Network (MNet)

Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy. Its vision is that young people have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. MNet's programs are funded by sponsors, donors and partners that include: TELUS • Google • Canadian Internet Registration Authority • Bell • Shaw • Bell Media • NFB.

OKLearn.ca

OKLearn.ca

This website is an online toolkit aimed at providing adult learners and the front lines of adult education in Toronto and York Region, as well as others who refer adults to the broad array of education and training programs, with easy-access visual materials and information that can enrich that all-important initial conversation about next steps along the learning journey.

Tutela.ca

Tutela.ca

Tutela.ca is a national online repository and community for Canadian ESL and FSL professionals. As a repository, it contains learning activities, worksheets, templates, teacher training resources, curriculum guidelines, policy and management documents, research papers and more. As a community, Tutela offers interactive technologies to support ongoing collaboration and sharing, and builds community through special interest groups, a calendar of events, survey tools, postings of training/job opportunities, wikis and news feeds.

Workplace Digital Skills

Workplace Digital Skills

The increasing need for digital skills to perform routine tasks has caused a fundamental shift in the tasks of workers, especially within SMEs. This project will address a serious gap in learning activities offered within rural SME workplaces. The end product will be a bilingual training model that can be used to develop the essential digital skills of rural small business employees.

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Practitioners' tools

Assessment Resource Project

Assessment Resource Project

The Assessment Resource Project is an IALS-referenced classroom tool to help adults learn to improve their prose and document reading skills. The paper- and pen-based tests can be easily integrated with other materials in basic education, upgrading, college-level and workplace programs.

Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program

Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program

The Adult and Continuing Education program at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension offers professional development courses for adult literacy practitioners. The practitioners who wish to continue their professional development can enroll in the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program, either immediately or after completing one or more of the adult literacy courses. In either case, the adult literacy courses that they have completed will receive credit in the CACE program. All of the adult literacy courses are online, using the University of Alberta’s highly effective learning systems, eClass and eClass Live! Participants in these courses are able to study in their own communities, part time.

Clear Language and Design—Online Thesaurus

Clear Language and Design—Online Thesaurus

Searching for a cleaner, simpler word or phrase? Enter your "problem word" in our searchable thesaurus, and see if we have an alternative.

Clear Language and Design—Reading Effectiveness Tool

Clear Language and Design—Reading Effectiveness Tool

Use this Reading Effectiveness Tool to find out if your draft manuscript is at the right Grade Reading Level for your intended audience.

Developing Adult Numeracy: Practitioner Training Course

Developing Adult Numeracy: Practitioner Training Course

This training course for numeracy practitioners was developed by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, in partnership with the Literacy Committee of Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA), and the Literacy Basic Skills Committee of the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO). It includes 7 Modules, such an Introduction, Numeracy in Literacy and Basic Skills, Using Ready-made Learning Materials, etc.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - Tools and Support

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - Tools and Support

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills has developed a series of free and easy-to-use tools to help address literacy and essential skills challenges.

Learning Outcomes/ ESL Literacy Network

Learning Outcomes/ ESL Literacy Network

This new resource, developed by Bow Valley College, is designed to help ESL literacy curriculum designers and practitioners develop effective and responsive curricula. The learning outcomes database will help you set learning outcomes for your ESL literacy program and classroom. The ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework provides learning outcomes in four strands: reading, writing, literacy strategies and habits of mind.

Literacy Basics

Literacy Basics

Literacy Basics is a free, self-directed online training website for Ontario literacy practitioners. This innovative training website was researched, written and designed by Community Literacy of Ontario. Literacy Basics contains the following training modules, among others: Assessment; Essential Skills; Instructional Strategies; Learner Recruitment; Marketing; Strategic Planning; Volunteer Management.

Online Certificate in Family Literacy

Online Certificate in Family Literacy

The Centre for Family Literacy, Vancouver Community College and Conestoga College offer an online learning opportunity for gaining a Certificate in Family Literacy. This credentialed program was developed for all levels of leadership, from executive directors and board members, to frontline supervisors and facilitators. It was designed for those who currently work or wish to work in the family literacy community, as well as those working in related fields such as adult education, health, social services, child care, family resource programs and schools.

Social and Holistic Approach to Numeracy

Social and Holistic Approach to Numeracy

This website was prepared as part of a two-year project led by the Labour Education Centre in partnership with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and Workplace Education Manitoba. Features include sample activities developed by practitioners and the team leading the project in addition to practitioner and learner feedback on the benefits and challenges of using this approach to numeracy.

Tools for Today

Tools for Today

This program is an interactive, instructional tool designed to provide a basic understanding of computers, their application, e-mail, and the Internet.

Write Forward

Write Forward

This website is being created as a series of easy-to-use assessment tools to help adult learners improve their writing skills for use at home, in the community, and in the workplace. Developed by researchers at Bow Valley College as a follow-up to the adult reading assessment tool Read Forward, published in 2011, Write Forward will feature information and reflections about their research, thinking and development throughout the project.

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Program directories

Effective Literacy Practice

Effective Literacy Practice

Experience exchange and knowledge transfer are crucial means of promoting literacy and numeracy efforts. In order to encourage all key players to share their experiences and gain inspiration from innovative approaches in the field of literacy, this website provides a selection of effective adult literacy and numeracy programs from all regions of the world.

International Adult Literacy Survey Database, 1998

International Adult Literacy Survey Database, 1998

This interactive data retrieval system allows users to retrieve their own customized tables on literacy profiles for more than 20 countries and for a wide range of combined intermediate variables covering several topics such as: adult education, community activities, demographics, educational experience, household information, labour force experience, language background, mathematics, parental information, reading at home or at work, self-reported skills, training and writing at home or at work.

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Self-evaluation

CLB-OSA: Assess Your Canadian English Online

CLB-OSA: Assess Your Canadian English Online

The CLB-OSA is an online self-assessment tool for people who are interested in assessing their English as a Second Language (ESL). These tests are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and will assess your language proficiency in reading and listening.

Essential Skills for Ontario Tradespeople

Essential Skills for Ontario Tradespeople

Studies show that apprentices are eight times more likely to succeed in the trades if they have the essential skills they need. This website helps you build these skills. It gives you the opportunity to: research essential skills for 53 Red Seal trades, take online assessments to see how your skills measure up, and build your skills with customized learning plans using free online materials.

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Workforce preparation

Project Aspiro

Project Aspiro

Project Aspiro is a comprehensive career planning and employment resource for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. You’ll find everything you need to achieve your career goals including career planning advice, information about education, profiles of people enjoying meaningful careers, and much more. There’s also a range of valuable information for friends and family, service providers and employers.

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