Online Course - Module #1:  Literacy and Basic Skills 101


Introduction

Literacy and Basic Skills 101 provides an introduction and orientation to the LBS Program of Ontario and looks at how various sectors, i.e. School Boards, Community-based Programs, Colleges and Laubach Programs offer the program in ways that meet the needs of their particular learners in their unique settings.

Understanding why literacy training has become a priority, and learning more about the Ministry’s vision and future plan for literacy reform, will give you added perspective as you work in the program and will help you to appreciate the overall priorities and services the LBS Program has set in place. It will also help to explain why particular Program features have the emphases that they do.

Hopefully, as you work through this material and think about the kinds of learners we serve and the many barriers they face on a daily basis, you will see the common sense practicality of this particular approach to literacy training and see why we can promise learners that LBS will help them achieve their goals and change their life.

Adult literacy learners are able to attend Literacy and Basic Skills programs in colleges, school boards and community-based agencies across the province. This module of training looks at: particular benefits that come from each setting, a number of challenges that each setting faces, ways in which the roles and responsibilities of literacy instructors are changing as literacy programs move forward in program reform.


About This Course

Literacy and Basic Skills 101 has seven short units. In each unit, you will find the main course notes, links to additional readings, and opportunities for reflection through journaling. Guided self-reflection will help you focus on the impact these materials have on your own thinking and the implications that follow for teaching practice.

The purpose of this course is to help practitioners get a big-picture perspective of the Literacy and Basic Skills Program in Ontario. Literacy practitioners, who have a full understanding of the Program, are better-equipped to share the vision of adult literacy reform and better able to understand the very significant contribution they make in this initiative.


Objectives and Outcomes

The goal of this module is to put the Literacy and Basic Skills Program into context for practitioners who work in school board programs. The assumption is that as you gain additional background knowledge and see the role that school boards play in adult literacy training, you will be better equipped to appreciate your own role and to understand the significant contribution you make as a literacy practitioner. The outcomes of this training then, are related primarily to gaining new knowledge and not to skills development. Upon completing this module, you can expect to be able to demonstrate:

  • awareness of:
    • the need for literacy training in Ontario
    • the vision and purpose of the LBS program
       
  • knowledge of:
    • services that the Literacy and Basic Skills Program provides to adult literacy learners
    • how those services are delivered in school boards
       
  • understanding of:
    • the role of the LBS instructor in implementing literacy reform
    • the scope of the instructor’s responsibilities in working with learners.


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