The Knowledge Gap

Recently released, The Knowledge Gap:The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System – and How to Fix It makes the case for the importance of content knowledge for reading comprehension. Here’s an excerpt from this readable book: In another study, researchers read preschoolers from mixed socio-economic backgrounds a book about birds, a subject they had… Read more

New Workplace Curricula

Are you involved in workplace or workforce training? Check out these new publications from Community Literacy of Ontario! Last year, CLO received funding to support curriculum enhancements for Literacy and Basic Skills agencies. They identified occupational curriculum as an important topic with high interest from learners and practitioners. Working with four community-based literacy agencies in… Read more

LEGO Lovers Learning Literacy

It’s Family Literacy Week! This year’s theme is Let’s Make It! Today we’re pleased to welcome Chrisy Hill, Community Literacy Coordinator for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Elk Valley, as a guest blogger. Chrisy shares a family literacy resource using LEGO for fun and learning. LEGO has been a kids’ favorite since 1932. … Read more

Refugee Men’s Health and Well-being

Refugee Men’s Health and Well-being: Strategies for Language Instructors has been researched and designed to help EAL instructors and male students engage in topics around men’s physical, sexual and emotional health and well-being in a safe, supported way. It is intended to be used by male instructors teaching an all-male class. Organized into four sections,… Read more

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource: New Strategies for Women Learning English for Better Health is a new curriculum created by Diana Jeffries from The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS). If you work with immigrant and refugee women, this is a resource designed for you. This resource is designed to help teachers and students engage in the… Read more

Staying Healthy Curriculum

Staying Healthy is an award-winning curriculum from the Florida Literacy Coalition. There are two levels. Staying Healthy for Beginners is written for EAL students at the high beginning level. Staying Healthy: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living is the original curriculum, and it is suitable for low intermediate level students and… Read more

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is a new Internet safety curriculum for children from Google. The five key concepts are: Share with Care Don’t Fall for Fake Secure Your Secrets It’s Cool to Be Kind When in Doubt, Talk It Out The program includes a downloadable curriculum and an online game. The game is set in a… Read more


This week is North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The May 1st to May 7th campaign focuses on promoting injury prevention in the workplace. This year’s theme is Safety & Health: Make Safety a Habit. Would you like to help people in your program stay safe at work? Decoda’s Building Resilient Workers: Health… Read more

A3 and the Employment Path

Looking for a resource to help learners use online videos or podcasts? A3 and the Employment Path, from Project READ Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington, is a curriculum designed to teach the skills for extracting information from films, broadcasts and presentations. In 12 field-tested units, it covers more than how to view an online video or listen… Read more

Pre-Beginning ESL Curriculum

If you are working with literacy level adult ESL students, you might want to take a look at the Pre-Beginning ESL Curriculum from the Minnesota Literacy Council. This three week curriculum includes units on community, daily activities, family, food, health, housing, looking for work, money, on the job, talking on the phone, poetry/feelings, registering for… Read more