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Jigsaw Learning Method

New in the library! Callan’s contemporary jigsaws 1: cooperative stories for beginner ESL. Nancy Callan. Vancouver: ESL Jigsaws, 2009. Provides instruction on the jigsaw form of instruction, where four pictures and text, representing one story, are given to small groups. Students learn the material, then teach it to each other and complete follow-up exercises. Fifteen… Read more

National Child Day

Today is National Child Day in Canada and Universal Children’s Day around the world. November 20th was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and their subsequent adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Convention… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Career Ladders

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Essential Skills Ontario, in partnership with Literacy Link South Central, The Literacy Network of Durham Region and Literacy Northwest, is exploring a ‘career ladder’ approach to workplace training. Their aim is to enable vulnerable workers to enter and follow… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Using Twitter Workbook and Lesson Plan

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. We’re very excited to announce this new and latest addition to the popular Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy series of workshops on using computers: Using Twitter Workbook and Lesson Plan. Similar in format to the other resources in this series, the Using Twitter… Read more

Brain Basics

Dr. Justin Davis will be presenting the keynote address, Brain Basics, at Decoda’s conference later this week. Want to learn more? Here‘s a sample of some of the books in the library that offer more information on this interesting topic: Brain rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. John Medina…. Read more

ESL Financial Literacy

We’re just over half way through Financial Literacy Month. Here are some good examples of financial literacy teaching resources designed for use with adult ESL learners. Banking for Lit and L l. 2nd ed. Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2013. This resource includes a teacher’s manual and student handouts and activity masters for a one-month… Read more

Children’s Media Use

A recently released report, Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013, looks at children’s media use in the United States, covering a range of media including books, music, computers, mobile devices and television. This Common Sense Media research study is the second in a series of large-scale, national surveys so the change in… Read more

Grass Roots Press Biographies

Grass Roots Press is inviting literacy practitioners to suggest new additions to their easy-to-read biography series. This popular series portrays the lives of famous people from all walks of life. If you’re not familiar with all the books in the series, check out the biographies on the Grass Roots Press website. If you have any… Read more

Impact of Money Matters, a financial literacy program

Money Matters is a free financial literacy program developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada and supported by TD Bank Group. Information about the program and a sample unit are available on the Money Matters webpage. SiMPACT Strategy Group has released a research report examining the social return on investment (SROI) of Money Matters. The study… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Hastings Learning Centre

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Here’s a made in BC workplace training program from a number of perspectives – the Hastings Learning Centre at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver.