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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Adult Literacy Education Journal – new issue!

The fall edition of the Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy is available now! Published by ProLiteracy, this issue contains the following articles: Research The Lessons of the Churn: Adult Basic Education and Disciplining the Adult Learner – Erik Jacobson A Framework for Capacity Building in Adult and Workforce Education… Read more

Can you tell if an online story is true?

Media literacy is more than being able to access media. It also means being able to analyze and evaluate the information you’re getting from media. Test your ability to tell what’s real and what’s fake using the Animals Quiz and the News Quiz from Media Smarts. Here are four steps you can take to help… Read more

The HIPPY ELL Curriculum

We are pleased to welcome Yusra Qadir, the Director of Innovations, Advocacy and Multicultural HIPPY for the Mothers Matter Centre, as our guest blogger. Today she’s describing the HIPPY ELL Curriculum, an English language learning program for adults. While this curriculum was developed to accompany the HIPPY family literacy program, it can also be used… Read more

Burnaby’s Award-Winning LINC Program

We are pleased to welcome Linda Peteherych as our guest blogger. Linda is a LINC Literacy instructor and the Literacy Lead for Burnaby School District’s LINC Program. Today she shares the approach that makes their program unique, earning an honourable mention in the 2020 ABC Life Literacy Canada Literacy Innovation Award. ____________________________________________________________ The Burnaby School… Read more

Using The Westcoast Reader as a Digital Resource

Did you know that The Westcoast Reader is now available as a digital newspaper? This format is great for tutors and other practitioners working remotely. Earlier this year Felisha Chuter who creates social media and more for The Westcoast Reader and is an EAL teacher presented a webinar on Using The Westcoast Reader as a… Read more

Health Literacy Resources – Made in BC

October is Health Literacy Month! Adult literacy students want to learn something that is relevant to them.  Health is both an interesting and practical topic for most students. Locally produced teaching and learning resources can connect students to services in their community. Did you know that there are a number of made-in-BC resources for teaching… Read more

Plain Language Tips

Today is International Plain Language Day! In plain language writing, the words, layout, and design are so clear that your audience can find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information. It saves time and money, and improves understanding. COVID-19 resources in plain language are a recent example of the importance of… Read more

Why does literacy matter to you?

Literacy matters more than ever! We chose this theme for Literacy Month 2020 to acknowledge the importance of literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Literacy facilitates our access to and understanding of: health and safety information, government services and benefits, and online education and work opportunities. It helps us make informed decisions at home, at work… Read more

New in the Decoda Library! October 2020

The Decoda Library has reopened for borrowing! We’ve been busy building the library collection, looking forward resuming library loans. Here are some of the new books you can request. Click the titles for more information. Family Literacy and Early Learning Let’s Play! Activities for Families Nature-based Learning for Young Children Play Today The Whole-Brain Child… Read more

Cyber Security

Digital literacy involves more than knowing how to use a digital device. It also includes learning how to keep devices and your personal information safe. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! This year the focus is on keeping devices (phones, computers, networks and smart devices) secure. Each week will focus on one device and offer… Read more

October is Canadian Library Month!

This year’s theme for Canadian Library Month is One card, one million possibilities. For Canadians, library membership allows them to connect to shared resources to learn, explore, and discover. During this challenging year, library users discovered some possibilities that they hadn’t tried before. When library doors were closed, libraries continued to provide access to digital… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – October 2020

The October issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! There are articles about Fire Prevention Week, animals with jobs, regrowing vegetables from scraps, and more… You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. Bonus: Free access continues for digital issues from January to June, 2020. For subscription information, or to find out… Read more

Every Child Matters: Reconciliation through Education

Today is Orange Shirt Day, a day to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. Every Child Matters: Reconciliation through Education is a guide containing truth and reconciliation activities for educators and youth, grades 5-12…. Read more

Camera on? Camera off?

Do your students keep their cameras on during online classes? There are benefits to having cameras on, but there are good reasons to adopt a camera optional policy. To learn more, read: 5 reasons to let students keep their cameras off during Zoom classes Cameras Optional, Please! Remembering Students Lives As We Plan Our Online… Read more

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

We are pleased to be hosting an Indigenous Cultural Safety Training With Sk’elep Reconciliation webinar series next month. This training is rooted in the 4 R’s-Respect/Relevence/Responsibility/Reciprocity (Kirkness & Barnhardt, 2001), First Peoples Principles of Learning- First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), and Indigenous based methodologies inspired by Margaret Kovach and Linda Smith. Each session will… Read more