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Happy Halloween!

Essential Skills are for every day – even special holidays. For some Halloween fun, read our Essential skills of Halloween.

Resources for Remembrance Day

There’s still time to borrow resources about Remembrance Day. Here’s a few that are available: Fall Holidays for Literacy (& Low 1) by Donna Bowler. This teacher’s manual includes five readers and a CD plus student handouts and activity masters for a unit on fall holidays for literacy/low 1 level students. Activities, techniques and a… Read more

New book: ESL/ELL Teacher’s Book of Lists

New in the library! The ESL/ELL teacher’s book of lists. 2nd ed. Jacqueline E. Kress. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. This practical resource contains lists that can be reproduced for students or used to provide a basis for developing instructional materials and lessons. The lists contain teachable content, key words, and important concepts to help reinforce… Read more

New resources to use with ESL learners

New in the library! Neighbourhood places for lit & low 1. Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2012. This resource, designed for teaching literacy and low 1 level ESL learners, presents language learning activities in the context of neighbourhood places. It is divided into 5 sections: neighbourhood places, a busy day, places, at the community centre,… Read more

New book: Vocabulary activities

New in the library! Vocabulary activities. (Book + CDR) Penny Ur. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. This resource contains ideas for introducing, practising, expanding and exploring vocabulary. It includes word games for a variety of levels, and ideas for using audio, video and computer technology. The accompanying CD-ROM contains print-ready materials. To borrow this book,… Read more

Reading Changed My Life contest

Reading Changed My Life photo and video contest is open to everyone. Submit a photograph or video that shows how reading has impacted your life or the life of someone you know. The entry deadline is November 7th, 2012. If you don’t have an entry, you can still participate by viewing the entries and voting… Read more

Workplace Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012: Informal learning basics

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, where we connect you with literacy resources related to business, industry, and the workplace. Today’s resource is new to the library: Informal learning basics. Saul Carliner. Alexandria, VA: ASTD Press, 2012. This resource looks at the principles underlying informal learning, how to promote and facilitate informal learning in an organization, and… Read more

New book: The Brain-targeted Teaching Model

New in the library! The brain-targeted teaching model for 21st-century schools. Mariale Hardiman. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, 2012. The six component model in this resource shows how to apply relevant research from education and cognitive neuroscience to classroom settings. It offers practical steps for applying research to practice, including establishing the emotional climate for… Read more

New book: The trouble with maths

New in the library! The trouble with maths: a practical guide to helping learners with numeracy difficulties. 2nd ed. Steve Chinn. London: Routledge, 2012. This book looks at learning difficulties in maths from several perspectives, including the language of mathematics, thinking styles and the demands of individual topics. It offers a complete overview of the… Read more

New book: You can teach someone to read

New in the library! You can teach someone to read: a how-to book for friends, parents, and teachers: step by step detailed directions to provide any reader the necessary tools to easily teach someone to read. 2nd ed. Lorraine Peoples. Gilbert, Ariz.: GloBooks Pub., 2011. Organized into six units, this book includes step-by-step lesson plans,… Read more