Has community based solutions for learners’ needs
Develops programs to meet the learners’ needs</li></li></ul><li>NLLLC<br />Our Vision <br />To be a key part of a provincial effort to help all people reach their full literate potential.<br />Our Mission<br />Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council Inc. is a provincial, non-profit, volunteer organization. <br />We are committed to raising the literacy level of the Newfoundland society. <br />Our trained tutors work with people to improve their basic functional skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, numeracy and other skills. <br />Our programs are adapted to the goals of the student. Materials and organizational support are available through local Laubach Literacy Councils.<br />
NLLLC Councils<br />Bayshore Literacy Council (Carbonear/Harbour Grace and Area)<br />Bay St. George Literacy Council (Bay St. George and Area)<br />Burin Peninsula Literacy Council (Burin Peninsula)<br />Exploits Literacy Council (Grand Falls-Windsor and Area)<br />Hope Literacy Council (St. Albans/Bay D'Espoir Area)<br />Labrador White Bear Literacy Council (Port Hope Simpson, Labrador area) <br />Reading - Writing Literacy Council (Sops Arm/Jacksons Arm area)<br />Learners Unlimited Literacy Council (Springdale Area)<br />
What is Literacy?<br /><ul><li>“The ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities at home, at work and in the community, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s potential.”
Changed in 1989 to alleviate the notion of someone being “literate” or “illiterate”
Literacy is now considered a continuous spectrum</li></li></ul><li>International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALSS)<br /><ul><li>Study completed in 2003
Participants were placed in categories from Level 1 representing very low literacy skills to Level 5 which meant one could integrate different sources of information to solve a problem.
Participants were tested in the following areas:
Prose (the ability to use information from stories)
Document (the ability to use information from documents like applications)
Quantitative (the ability to perform arithmetic functions). </li></li></ul><li>IALSS<br /><ul><li>Results show that over 50% of people aged 16-65 in our province are still scoring in the two lowest literacy proficiency levels. Showing no significant change since 1994.
Level three: the level where people can function well in today’s knowledge-based society. They can read and write well enough to understand everyday documents, use a bank machine, surf the Internet, etc.
60% of Canadian immigrants have low literacy </li></li></ul><li>IALSS<br /><ul><li>40% of our youth aged 16-25 fall in levels one and two.
A higher percentage of men have low literacy skill levels than women
Adults with low literacy levels are twice as likely to be unemployed
45% of Canadian jobs created in this decade will require 16 years of education</li></li></ul><li>Why Low Literacy Levels?<br />Some reasons for low literacy skills include:<br /><ul><li>Illness or absence from school during a critical period in the early years with missed skills never made up later
High mobility-Moving around means that children don’t learn valuable skills as they go from one school to the next
Poor quality schools or instructors, or inadequate materials
Physical or mental disabilities including brain </li></ul> damage, learning disorders, or even poor <br /> eye-sight<br />
Why Low Literacy Levels?<br /><ul><li>Maturation-Lack of reading readiness
Tremendous frustration and anger which may result in inappropriate behaviour
Increased unemployment and dependence on public assistance
Loss of people’s talents in the work force and the community</li></li></ul><li>Effects of Low Literacy Skills<br /><ul><li>Accidents and injury on the job resulting in increased cost to individuals, businesses and society
Inability of parents to reinforce the skills their children are learning in school which creates a cycle of low literacy skills
Loss of human rights, including the right to vote</li></li></ul><li>What we are doing to help?<br />
The NLLLC, in association with local Laubach Councils:<br />recruits and trains tutors<br />recruits learners<br />recruits and trains trainers<br />provides ongoing support for our learners, tutors and trainers<br />provides training through seminars, workshops and conferences<br />promotes lifelong learning<br />provides free resource materials<br />supports all literacy programs endorsed by NLLLC<br />
Programs<br />One-to-One private tutoring for adults<br />Summer Reading for Fun<br />Peer Youth Tutor Programs<br />English Speakers of Other Languages<br />Literacy/Learning Centres<br />Essential Skills – Have You Used Yours Today?<br />
One-to-One Adult Tutoring <br /><ul><li>Volunteer tutors receive training from volunteer trainers on the Laubach Way to Read. Here, tutors learn techniques and strategies to use with students. They also receive workbooks and lesson plans to use in tutoring sessions.
There are currently hundreds of tutor-student pairs working together in libraries, classrooms and kitchens across the province.</li></li></ul><li>In a one-to-one tutoring situation you can:<br /><ul><li>Keep close communication with the students.
Use material supplied by the student for work in language, reading and mathematics.
Give the student time to voice their concerns or inadequacies.
Prepare tailor-made, individualized materials for tutoring.
Suit lesson to learner’s needs and circumstances.</li></li></ul><li>Summer Reading for Fun<br />Tutors and co-ordinators receive a 31-hour training seminar sponsored by the NLLLC<br />The project began in 1990 with eight sites and is continuing to grow in communities across the province<br />The community programs last from six to eight weeks depending on program funding and are provided FREE of cost to parents and their children<br />Provides supplementary reading, writing and numeracy activities to students from K-12<br />Both individual instruction and group sessions are used <br />The focus is to create a summer learning culture; thus, bridging the gap from June to September<br />
Peer Youth Tutoring<br /><ul><li>In several sites across the province, school students are trained to provide tutoring to their peers.
Through involvement in this program, students learn from their peers, learn tutoring skills and gain better self-esteem.
The program works to raise awareness about literacy within the school and community. </li></li></ul><li>Essential Skills<br />According to the Government of Canada, the nine essential skills are: <br />Reading Text<br />Writing <br />Numeracy<br />Document Use <br />Oral Communication<br />Computer Use<br />Thinking Skills<br />Continuous Learning <br />Working with others<br />
Essential Skills - Have You Used Yours Today?<br />Essential Skills make it possible to learn all other skills<br />These skills enable people to participate fully in the workplace and community<br />“Essential Skills-Have You Used Yours Today?” is a program developed by NLLLC to help adult learners increase their literacy and essential skills <br />This makes it easier for older workers to transition in to a new workforce or adjust to changing technology on the job <br />
How can you help?<br /><ul><li>You can do your part to overcome literacy problems!
You can improve another persons life by supporting the projects of the NLLLC