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Getting ready for Valentine’s Day

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and Common Sense Media has shared some last minute ideas for books to read and movies to watch that are family friendly. Click Sweet Stories and Not-Too-Mushy Movies for Love Bugs of All Ages to link to lists of 7 Love Books for Little Ones, 10 Romantic Comedies, 13 Classic Romance… Read more

Federal budget 2014

Brigid Hayes has written an analysis of items of interest in the Federal budget for the Literacy and Essential Skills field for CLLN and it’s available here.

Workplace Wednesday: Labour Market Study of L/ES Workers

The final report of the Labour Market Study of Literacy and Essential Skills workers conducted by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is now available. Click here to access The Realities of Working in the Literacy and Essential Skills Field. Key project findings and recommendations are outlined in the Executive Summary. For other related… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Online dictionaries

Online dictionaries offer some features that you can’t get in traditional print dictionaries. Many have an audio component that allows you to hear the words being spoken, a real advantage if you’ve never heard the word before. Another helpful feature addresses the question of “How can you look up a word if you don’t know… Read more

Early childhood development in BC

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire that measures five core areas of early child development that are good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes. It is used in BC by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC to show how young children are doing across the province. This questionnaire has… Read more

Talking about Pain lessons

Did you know that ISSofBC has a YouTube channel? While the videos on the channel are designed for teaching adult English language students at ISSofBC, anyone can view them and build their own lesson plans. For a demonstration lesson of how ISSofBC uses the videos, click here. One video resource from ISSofBC that is available… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Career Essentials series

Grass Roots Press has released a new series aimed at students who are exploring career paths in the health sector. The Career Essentials series looks at three careers: health care aides, lab assistants, and massage therapists. Each book provides personal stories and interviews that capture the real-life experiences of college students in training and their… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Spam

Spam is unwanted online communication, the electronic equivalent of junk mail. Most commonly, it’s unsolicited email. But you can also receive text message spam, instant message spam, and social networking spam. Do you know how to recognize it? Take the FightSpam quiz here. (There’s a version for individuals and a version for businesses and organizations)…. Read more

Learning to Love Math

One of the new books featured in this month’s New in the Library list is Learning to Love Math: teaching strategies that change student attitudes and get results by Judy Willis. Willis is a neurologist and educator and her suggestions are based on research about how the brain learns. The book includes strategies for improving… Read more

Linguistic genius of babies

Want to know how babies learn one language over another? Here’s a TED talk that discusses recent research. Many Languages, Building Connections: supporting infants and toddlers who are dual language learners by Karen Nemeth is written for caregivers of children younger than three. It presents information on how language develops and how cultural differences can… Read more