Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit is the Decoda Literacy Library blog.

Look here for the latest news on what’s new in the library, useful links from around the web, and fun facts and contests.

Posts featuring books or resources are intended to highlight items we have recently acquired or accessed, and which we would like to share with our readership. They do not represent an endorsement.

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Building Consentful Tech

Your digital body is composed of the personal data, digital identity and online interactions. Do you know how that information is being used? Have you agreed to those uses? Can you remove your data? Consentful technologies are applications and spaces in which consent underlies all aspects, from the way they are developed, to how data… Read more

Effective Strategies for Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

There isn’t just one strategy that works for teaching adults. But, there are practices that are more effective. In a recent blogpost, the LLN and VET Meeting Place describes one strategy for each of the five Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills in the Australian Core Skills  Framework: Learning – Focus on feedback Reading –… Read more

Motion Commotion!

BC Summer Reading Club is a great way for children to do some reading in the summer. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s easy to register – just visit your local public library! This year’s theme is Motion Commotion! It’s a celebration of reading and all kinds of movement – physical, mechanical, indoor and outdoors,… Read more

Hair Recipes

The theme of the March 2018 issue of The Change Agent was hair. Here’s what they say about their theme: We all think about it — sometimes fussing over it and sometimes enjoying it. It figures prominently in definitions of beauty; we fight with our kids about it; students can get expelled from school because… Read more


WorkWise is a six-book series designed to help adult students succeed before, during, and after the job search. Soft Skills The first three books in the WorkWise series – Choosing a Job, Getting a Job, Starting a Job – teach key job readiness concepts and provide meaningful exercises to boost students’ confidence and get them… Read more

ESL Literacy Readers

There’s a wonderful collection of literacy readers to use with ESL adult students available free from the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College. The ESL Literacy Readers are 39 theme-based readers written by Bow Valley College ESL literacy instructors. The stories in the Bow Valley College collection have been written specifically with adult… Read more

Ready, Set, Grow!

Ready, Set, Grow! is a workplace training program to help prepare adult students for entry level positions in the Ontario landscape industry.  This innovative project involves partners from industry, adult education, and employment. The free, Ontario government-sponsored program matches adult students facing challenges with local landscaping companies facing a serious shortage of workers. In addition… Read more

Summer Slide

Summer slide refers to the tendency for students to lose some of what they’ve learned, both skills and knowledge, over the summer break.  Reading during the summer months addresses some of this slide.  And, parents are important parts of helping this happen. Here’s a selection of readings about summer slide, including suggestions and tips for… Read more

Brain Injury Month

June is Brain Injury Month in Canada. The incidence of brain injury is high, with more than one million Canadians living with a brain injury. It is considered a silent epidemic as there are often no visible signs of the injury. Automobile accidents, sports injuries, cycling accidents, falls, violence, strokes, tumours, aneurysms, and other non-degenerative… Read more

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. The complex history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people began before any other group living in Canada. A number of resources on Indigenous history can be found on the federal government website. Indian residential schools are a significant part of Indigenous history in Canada. Two resources… Read more

Digital Play for Global Citizens

Can technology help children prepare to live in a global, networked world? Digital Play for Global Citizens is a guide to digital resources, including websites, games and tools, which promote global citizenship in school age children. Here what author Jordan Shapiro has to say about the reason for developing this guide: “I wanted to help… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – June 2018 issue

The June issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about Kijiji, the Sedins’ retirement, camping and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the newspaper for free, click here.

Learning Together

Today is Intergenerational Day Canada! In recognition of the day and the importance of different generations sharing time, talent, stories and skills, we’re highlighting some of the intergenerational literacy programs. One of the wonderful things about community-based literacy programs is the flexibility to create programs that suit the needs of the community and its members…. Read more

ClearMark Awards

Every year since 2010, the Center for Plain Language presents ClearMark Awards for clarity and simplicity in plain language communication to consumers. All entries are created by North American companies, governments and organizations. This year, awards were presented in 14 categories, including digital as well as print resources. The 2018 winners have been announced. And,… Read more

UP Skills for Work

Are you starting to plan your adult literacy programs for the fall? What about new-to-you workplace literacy programs? Here’s a program to consider. UP Skills for Work is a workplace literacy program from ABC Life Literacy Canada. This soft skills program is designed to be delivered to adult learners at community organizations and workplaces across… Read more