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June 1, 2016

Online Literacy Support Module

In January 2016, CCLB received funding from the Alberta Government to develop a 20-hour online, asynchronous training course and two webinars based on Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adult Literacy Learners (ESL for ALL). This online course, being developed in collaboration with lead developer Bow Valley College, will support instructors working with learners with literacy needs in a variety of classroom settings by familiarizing participants with the contents of the ESL for ALL document, by offering suggestions on ways to use the resource to support planning for instruction and by providing strategies, teaching tips and best practices for working with ESL literacy learners.


Emphasis so far has been placed on the planning, content writing and media development for the course, which is organized into four modules and includes short readings, viewings, activities and assignments. An advisory committee consisting of those involved in funding, Moodle development, CLB experts and literacy practitioners was also established to review the content and provide input on development. In summer 2016, the course will be piloted and feedback from participants will be used to make final revisions and contribute to the vision of the webinars.

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