EAL

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

Skills for Work

Skills for Work is a new 18 course online training series, created by AWES (Alberta Workforce Essential Skills) in partnership with TIQ Software. Designed using gaming principles, the self-paced courses can be completed on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The focus is on building language, essential skills, and knowledge of workplace culture. While the… Read more

CIWA Health Literacy Resources

Limited language and literacy skills can be a barrier to accessing healthcare services. The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association has launched a new set of free Health Literacy Resources that are designed to help. Created for literacy professionals working with adult beginning language and literacy learners, the resources include videos, basic readers and workbooks as well… Read more

ISS of BC Digital Literacy Curriculum Resource

ISSofBC recently launched their Digital Literacy Curriculum Resource website to aid English language instructors and those in the Settlement field in helping newcomer clients overcome digital literacy barriers. The Digital Literacy Curriculum Resource consists of 7 Modules covering a range of digital skills which are essential to building a foundation of digital literacy for newcomers… Read more

Hands On! A Collection of EAL Literacy Activities

Hands On! A Collection of EAL Literacy Activities was developed for instructors working with adult EAL learners who have had little or no opportunity to develop reading and writing skills. This title might be familiar to some practitioners. First released in 1999 by Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre, a recently updated new edition is a publication… Read more

Working Faster, Working Safer

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES) has developed a new workbook on workplace essential skills.  Written at CLB 1-2, it is designed to develop language skills, intercultural communication skills, and workplace essential skill through authentic workplace documents and tasks. It was created to be used by tutors, instructors or workplace trainers who support newcomers who are… Read more

Learning about Canadian elections

Today we’re welcoming two guest bloggers from Maria Kenward’s LINC 7/8 class at Windsor Neighbourhood Learning Centre. They write about their successful experience learning about elections in Canada. My first time experiencing and learning about an election in Canada by “Charlotte” Is there anything that could be nerve racking for people in Canada for as… Read more