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National Adult Literacy Agency Worksheets
Posted: 17 May 2017

An online collection of resources gathered by an Irish literacy agency, including some UK material (beware spelling, vocabulary, monetary differences). However, good basic task-focused authentic-style materials at a Level 1 for both literacy and math.

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Rural Routes Tip Sheet: Useful Websites for ESL Teachers and Students
Posted: 27 April 2017

Explore these websites to help enrich your lessons or find learning activities requiring minimal prep:  Useful Websites for ESL Teachers and Students

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Literacy and Poverty - Discussion Paper from Frontier College
Posted: 27 April 2017

On April 26th, 2017, Frontier College hosted a national forum. The main objective of the 2017 Literacy & Poverty Forum was to increase knowledge of literacy intervention as a key support for Canadians moving out of poverty. This discussion was provided to all attendees who participated in cities across the country, and via webcast.


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Rural Routes Tip Sheet: Settlement Services and Language Assessment
Posted: 26 April 2017

Newcomers to Canada can access settlement services in many urban and rural communities across Alberta. These organizations may offer orientation, mentorship, employment and career consulting, interpretation, counselling, language testing & training, and/or citizenship information.  Use this tip sheet to locate agencies and organizations serving Albertan communities.

Access the Settlement Services and Language Assessment tip sheet and other Rural Routes tip sheets here.


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What Is ‘Transfer of Learning’ and How Does It Help Students?
Posted: 24 April 2017

My colleague Deb Park sent this to the BVC LES team this morning. I know this is 'classroom' based but it is a good reminder of 5 wise strategies and why they work:

  • Explicit Teaching
  • Group Learning
  • Reflection
  • Analogies and metaphor
  • Generalizing

 Happy 'springtime in Alberta' Monday!


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Irlen Syndrome Website
Posted: 31 March 2017

Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information.

If you are working with learners that are struggling with their reading or comprehension skills, complain of headaches when reading or are sensitive to light then you may want to investigate Irlen Syndrome. Sometimes it just takes changing the colour of paper you work with, or a providing a coloured filter to put on top of books or documents.

Check out the website - look at the Sample Distortion link for an example of how this syndrome affects people. 

Lots of great information and help is available.

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Searching for Words: A Woman's Fight to Learn
Posted: 17 March 2017

This 13 minute video tells a compelling story of an Alberta woman overcoming her learning disabilities.

"Colleen Smereka spent the first 22 years of her life pretending. In her words, she spent her life hiding - until she was diagnosed with a learning disability. After getting the help she needed, Colleen is now an advocate for those dealing with this invisible disability."

Retrieved from, March 17, 2017.

Published to YouTube on Feb 13, 2017.

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Purposeful Literacies Through Informal Learning
Posted: 16 March 2017

This guide was developed to help practitioners better understand how learners engage in informal learning. The guide and inventory tool were developed by a practitioner-researcher Brenda Wright and university professor Dr. Maurice Taylor. The inventory is designed to be utilized by practitioners to better understand learners' engagement, feelings and values related to informal learning. Permission to share granted by Dr. Maurice Taylor.

Maurice C. Taylor & Brenda Wright (2004). Purposeful Literacies Through Informal Learning. Retrieved March 16, 2017, from

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Poster Maker
Posted: 23 February 2017 is a great tool to use to make attractive and inviting posters. You can download your poster for free (lower quality) and in most cases that is all you need to be able to print it. You can also pay for better quality as well as prints. 

You can sign up with an account and save your posters, share a poster design with someone else through email, as well as other tools. I find it is a great way to make posters for events that are already well laid out so it takes less time. In my opinion, it is more appealing than a poster created in Word. 

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Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Posted: 19 January 2017
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is a funding program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy. This grant can be used by local employers accessing workplace training from CALPs (or other training providers) or CALPs can access this training for their staff. Check out the eligibility requirements to see if it is a fit for you.
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