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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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What's New

Blended learning and digital environments: Innovative practices in workplace and community settings in four countries (May 7, 14, and 21, 2015)

A series of webinars developed in cooperation with the European Basic Skills Network (ESBN) to lay the groundwork for the 2015 Summer Institute. Register here.

  • English under the Arches (EUA): Innovative Workplace Training at McDonald’s USA (Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.(EST))
  • Blended learning with technology for adult basic skills: Innovative International Examples – Canada, Ireland (Thursday, May 14, 2015, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m (EST)
  • Formation hybride et a distance : innovations francophones – Canada, France (jeudi, le 21 mai, 2015, 1 : 00 a 2 :15) 

New Email Address for Centre

Please note our new email address: centforlitinfo@gmail.com.

Reminder: One day left for early bird for Summer Institute 2015- Digital Environments: Opportunities and challenges for literacy, learning and citizenship

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

Hear Emad Rizkalla from BlueDrop Performance on the need for a broad civic-economic-government engagement to apply technology to basic skills training, and more...

Unprecedented offer! $285 gives you access to the Institute June 11-12) and the World Assembly (June 11-14). After April 30: $325

Canadian Adult Literacy Database (Copian) accessible again

Le Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF), in collaboration with RESDAC and The Centre for Literacy, are pleased to announce the re-launch of the Copian bilingual online resource collection (formerly the National Adult Literacy Database) , which closed earlier this year. Now housed on the CDÉACF servers, the collection is accessible in English and French.

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.

Video posted: Evidence on bilingualism: Myths and truths re typically-developing and at-risk children

Some surprising facts: 

  • To raise a bilingual child, parents do not have to communicate only in one language each
  • Children with autism can learn two languages, and do not experience additional delays.

View the video and powerpoints from the January 2015 Family Literacy Day Medical Grand Rounds lecture by speech-language pathologist Caroline Erdos, PhD.

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