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Working with Immigrant and Refugee Students

Are you tutoring immigrant or refugee adults? Here are some helpful online resources: Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma – from LISTN ESL Toolkit: Tips, Hints, Links & Resources for Volunteer Tutors – particularly for introductory English and low-beginning literacy and language skills; designed for the Refugee Response Team –… Read more

Stuffed Animals Can Promote Reading

We know that reading aloud to dogs can help children who are struggling. New research from Okayama University, Kanazawa University, Osaka Institute of Technology and Kyushu University in Japan shows that stuffed animals can also be an effective way of getting children to read. The experiment and what they discovered is described in Sleepovers with… Read more

Three Myths About “Reading Levels”

How do you choose reading material for your students? How do you determine if a text is too easy or too difficult? Reading levels, for both students and texts, can be a helpful tool. But, sometimes matching reading levels of students and reading material doesn’t work as well as you hope. Three Myths About “Reading… Read more

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in achieving gender equality. The theme in Canada is Equality Matters. Literacy is an important factor in gender equality. To test your knowledge of women’s literacy and gender equality globally, click here to take the ProLiteracy’s… Read more

Council of the Federation Literacy Award Nominations

The Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy Awards recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Thirteen awards are presented annually, one for each province and territory. This year, the Province of British Columbia will present the COF Literacy Award to an organization providing leadership in the field, through partnerships and collaborations, demonstrating outstanding… Read more

An Orientation to ESL for ALL

The Alberta Government and the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) have launched a new online self-study course, An Introduction to ESL for ALL. An Introduction to ESL for ALL is a 20-hour online, asynchronous training course based on Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adult Literacy Learners (ESL for ALL). This… Read more

8 Things to Remember about Child Development

Advances in research in the science of child development and underlying neurobiology can be used to inform policy and practice. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child has produced a list of eight things to remember about child development. Here are the first four: To see the whole list, click 8 Things to Remember about… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – March 2017

The March issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now! This issue has articles about healthy eating, Spring Break, farming goldfish, Henrik Sedin and how to make biscotti. The Teachers’ Notes are available online. Special notice: In preparation for the May provincial election, The Westcoast Reader and Elections BC are partnering to publish a… Read more

Sample Policies and Procedures

Are you looking to develop or review and update your organization’s policy and procedures? You might want to take a look at Community Literacy of Ontario’s Sample Policies and Procedures for Community-Based Literacy Organizations. This new resources includes the following sample policies: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities Policy Emergency Policy Fee for Service Policy Partnering… Read more

Tools for Creating Infographics

Infographics can be an effective way of presenting information and also a way of assessing learning. If you are looking for tools to create infographics, a recent blogpost from Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers describes a couple of tools you can use and a way you can print infographic full size. To see… Read more