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Canada’s pre-eminent literacy organization, The Centre for Literacy supports best practices and informed policy development in literacy and essential skills by creating bridges between research, policy and practice. We do this through learning events (including institutes and workshops), action research projects and publications, and  through our website. Read more about The Centre

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A reading promotion project at the Montreal Children's Hospital, and other action-research projects

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What's New

New Email Address for Centre

We have changed our web hosting arrangements. Please direct all general emails to centforlitinfo@gmail.com and watch the web site for additional new addresses.

Registration Now Open for Summer Institute 2015- Digital Environments: Opportunities and challenges for literacy, learning and citizenship

June 11-12, 2015, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

What does it mean to be literate in a digital environment? How can we ensure that adults have the skills they need to critically engage in this increasingly complex world and manage their work and personal lives?  What are the social and economic costs if citizens do not have these skills? We will explore these and other questions.

Canada case study—International evidence review based on PIAAC data

The International evidence review of basic skills: learning from high-performing and improving countries, which includes a focused case study of Canada, is now included in our list of PIAAC research and resourcesThe Centre for Literacy contributed a background review for the study on Canada.

January 2015 research Scan

Overviews of the 2014 OECD Education at a Glance report on access and qualifications, skill levels and income, and social inequality; the 2014 Canada Jobs Fund for workplace training; articles and reports on "multiliteracies", including digital and visual literacies; a study on how discussion in ESL classes can further social integration of immigrants., and more….

Family Literacy Day – Evidence on bilingualism: Myths and truths re typically-developing and at-risk children – January 28, 2015

Another excellent event this year. The 2015 day opened with a Medical Grand Rounds lecture on the evidence on bilingualism related to typically-developing and at-risk children,  presented by speech-language pathologist Caroline Erdos, PhD. A video will be available online in the coming weeks. Read More.

Writers in the Community (WIC) funds reduced

This program run by The Centre and the Quebec Writers Federation (QWF) since 2007 has just learned that a government grant central to the budget will be reduced in 2015. The QWF is in the middle of the annual WIC pyramid fund-raising campaign. Read writing from WIC youth, hear poems recited by youth authors, and support the campaign to help maintain the program here.

Call for papers – Digital literacy for pre-schoolers – McGill University, June 26-27, 2015

A call is open for oral and poster presentations on four themes. For details, see conference website:Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2015 

This conference will feature the results of the Digital Literacy for pre-schoolers digital media research and development project. The Centre has been a partner in this project with the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University and Tribal Nova in this project since 2012.

Defunding of Adult Literacy Organizations Means Hard Times for Sector

The Government of Canada announced in May 2014 that it would no longer support a pan-Canadian adult literacy "infrastructure”. This forced many Canadian adult literacy organizations to downsize or close. Here are some of the reactions and losses.

  • Voir aussi les pages page de RESDAC et de CDÉACF sur l`abolition des subventions fédérales pour les organismes d'alphabétisation et de développement des compétences

Summer Institute 2014: Exploring PIAAC Data - Enriching research, supporting practice

Read Elizabeth L. Tighe's review of Summer Institute 2014 in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education (available online in PDF format)