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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

Your donations support:

pamphlets for Lire/Imagine/Read

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.

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

Annual event through Lire/Imagine/Read (LIR) at Montreal Childrens’ Hospital. The 2015 day opens with a Medical Grand Rounds lecture on the evidence on bilingualism related to typically-developing and at-risk children, subtitled Everything you should know when a parent asks: “Would it be better to expose my child only to one language?" presented by speech-language pathologist Caroline Erdos, PhD. 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.

2014 donation receipts

Receipts for all 2014 donations to The Centre will be mailed in February.

"Digital Literacy for Preschoolers: Maximizing the Benefits of eBooks for Emergent Literacy", June 26-27, 2015, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

This conference will feature the results of the Digital Literacy for pre-schoolers digital media research and development project which The Centre has been involved in since 2012. Organizers have identified four themes with renowned keynote speakers in each. Professor Rob Savage will present under the theme “ Maximizing the Benefits of eBooks for Emergent Literacy". The conference will share knowledge with both a research audience and a broader public of teachers and parents.

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)