Literacy

Literacy is very simply defined as the ability to read and write, as well as use arithmetic. Over time, the term literacy has expanded, and now typically also refers to the ability to use and understand numbers, images, computers, or other means of language and communication. For instance, a person who is not very comfortable using a computer may refer to themselves as not being “Computer Literate”. Literacy skills are acquired - meaning they must be learned. According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, 42% of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills, and less than 20% of people with the lowest literacy skills are employed. Help for low literacy is available, and some Canadian government funding is available to pay for certain programs. Are you struggling with your own ability to read or write? Or are you looking for literacy programs and services for friends, family, co-workers or students in your neighbourhood or community? The Kinjunxion network can help.

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Cultural Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know

Argues that American children are deprived of cultural literacy

Literacy, Language and Learning:The Nature and Consequences of Reading and Writing

Literacy is an important concern of contemporary societies. This book offers a comprehensive survey of recent efforts to understand the nature of written language and its role in cognition and in social and intellectual life. The authors represent a wide range of disciplines - cognitive psychology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, education, history and philosophy - and address a wide range of questions. Is literacy a decisive factor in historical and cultural change? Does it alter the mental and social lives of individuals? If so how and via what mechanisms? Does learning to read and write change children's speech, thought or orientation to language? What are children and adults learning when they acquire literate skills? Are there differences - linguistic, psychological and functional - between speaking and writing? And are there differences between oral and written languages?

Vegetable Literacy

Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, withover 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes

In her latest cookbook, Deborah Madison, America's leading authority on vegetarian cooking and author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, reveals the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs within the same botanical families, and how understanding these connections can help home cooks see everyday vegetables in new light. Destined to become the new standard reference for cooking vegetables, Vegetable Literacy, by revered chef Deborah Madison, shows cooks that vegetables within the same family, because of their shared characteristics, can be used interchangeably in cooking. For example, knowing that dill, chervil, cumin, parsley, coriander, anise, and caraway come from the umbellifer family makes it clear why they're such good matches for carrots, also an umbel. With stunning images from the team behind Canal House cookbooks and website, and 150 classic and exquisitely simple recipes, such as Savoy Cabbage on Rye Toast with GruyèreCheese; Carrots with Caraway Seed, Garlic, and Parsley; and Pan-fried Sunchokes with Walnut Sauce and Sunflower Sprouts; Madison brings this wealth of information together in dishes that highlight a world of complementary flavors.

Literacy

An Introduction to the Ecology of Written Language

This introduction to the expanding field of literacy studies has been fully revised for the second edition. It explores recent developments and new research that has contributed to our understanding of literacy practices, reflecting on the interdisciplinary growth of the study of reading and writing over the past decade. An introductory textbook on the growing field of literacy studies, fully updated for the new edition Includes new sections detailing recent completed studies of literacy practices, and the use of new technologies Distinguishes between the competing definitions of literacy in contemporary society, and examines the language and learning theories which underpin new views of literacy Now features additional material on cross-cultural perspectives, US-based examples, and information detailing current educational policy.

Literacy in Traditional Societies

An examination of the importance of writing on the development of different societies.

The Uses of Literacy

"Hoggart has the rare quality ofcomplete intellectual honesty. The Uses of Literacy should beread by all those concerned with the nature of modernsociety." -Asher Tropp,American Sociological Review "This sort of modern Mayhew is worth any amountof statistics as background for cultural evalutions....Required reading for anyone concernedwith the modern cultural climate." -TimesLiterary Supplement

Literacy, Lives and Learning

Demonstrating what it is like to be an adult learner in today's world, this book focuses on language, literacy and numeracy learning. The authors explore the complex relationship between learning and adults' lives, following a wide range of individual students in various formal learning situations, from college environments to a young homeless project, and a drug support and aftercare centre. The study is rooted in a social practices approach and examines how people's lives shape their learning. Themes addressed range from: how literacy is learned through participation and how barriers such as violence and ill-health impact on people's lives. Based on a major research project and detailed, reflexive and collaborative methodology, the book describes a coherent strategy of communication and impact which will have a direct effect on policy and practice

Literacy and the Politics of Representation

Literacy is a key indicator for comparing individuals and nations in contemporary society. It is central to public debates about the nature of the public sphere, economic markets, citizenship and self-governance. Literacy and the Politics of Representation aims to uncover the constructed nature of public understandings of literacy by examining detailed examples of how literacy is represented in a range of public contexts. It looks at the ways in which knowledge about literacy is created and distributed, the location and relative power of the knowledge-makers, and examines the different semiotic resources used in such representations: images and metaphors, numerical and statistical models, and textual narratives and how they are related to one another. The book focuses on the UK from 1970 to the present, but includes a range of international comparisons and examples. In addition, exemplar chapters offer a model of analysis that can be used to deconstruct the representations of social policy issues. This book is vital reading for postgraduate students in the areas of education studies, literacy, discourse analysis and multimodality.

Media Education

Literacy, Learning and Contemporary Culture

Literacy and Power in the Ancient World

Was writing a revolutionary innovation, prompting or participating in social change, or a fundamentally repressive and disciplinary technology? The book consists of a series of studies ranging over the whole of the Mediterranean world and much of northern Europe during a period of more than a millennium (c. 600 BC-AD 800).

Multiliteracies

Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures

Multiliteracies considers the future of literacy teaching in the context of the rapidly changing English language. Questions are raised about what constitutes appropriate literacy teaching in today's world: a world that is both a global village yet one which local diversity is increasingly important. This is a coherent and accessible overview of the work of the New London Group, with well-known international contributors bringing together their varying national experiences and differences of theoretical and political emphasis. The essays deal with issues such as: the fundamental premises of literacy pedagogy the effects of technological change multilingualism and cultual diversity social futures and their implications on language teaching. The book concludes with case studies of attempts to put the theories into practice and thereby provides a basis for dialogue with fellow educators around the world.

Jewish Literacy in Roman Palestine

Since Judaism has always been seen as the quintessential 'religion of the book', a high literacy rate amongst ancient Jews has usually been taken for granted. Catherine Hezser presents the first critical analysis of the various aspects of ancient Jewish literacy on the basis of all of the literary, epigraphic, and papyrological material published so far. Thereby she takes into consideration the analogies in Graeco-Roman culture and models and theories developed in the social sciences. Rather than trying to determine the exact literacy rate amongst ancient Jews, she examines the various types, social contexts, and functions of writing and the relationship between writing and oral forms of discourse. Following recent social-anthropological approaches to literacy, the guiding question is: who used what type of writing for which purpose? First Catherine Hezser examines the conditions which would enable or prevent the spread of literacy, such as education and schools, the availability and costs of writing materials, religious interest in writing and books, the existence of archives and libraries, and the question of multilingualism. Afterwards she looks at the different types of writing, such as letters, documents, miscellaneous notes, inscriptions and graffiti, and literary and magical texts until she finally draws conclusions about the ways in which the various sectors of the populace were able to participate in a literate society.

Monetary Literacy

information literacy

Hamilton Literacy Council

Provides basic training (equivalent to grades 1 through 5) in reading, writing, math and computer to English-speaking adults.

Hamilton Literacy Council - Literacy and Basic Skills

Offers services to develop literacy, numeracy, and essential skills to assist participants in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education, or independence.

YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, and Brantford - Literacy and Basic Skills - Burlington - Central Public School

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

Literacy South Halton - Literacy and Basic Skills, Burlington Head Office - Burlington Head Office

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills
* volunteer tutors are trained in the internationally recognized Laubach method and then matched with a student
* helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

Adult computer courses
* 8 week computer instruction for adults with little or no computer skills
* improve job search skills and participate in hands-on exercises

Call for more information or to register call 905-845-1157 ext 101

Centre for Skills Development - Doorways - Literacy and Basic Skills - Burlington - South Service Rd

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills
* helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence
* participants work at their own pace
* small-group setting

Anderson Speech Consultants - Lively Letters Literacy Day Camp - 3050 Harvester Rd

Summer camp for students that struggle with reading, speech and English as a second language. It reaches all kinds of learners using emotion, art, imagery, music, humorous stories, mouth/hand cues.

Collège Boréal - Literacy and Basic Skills - Hamilton Central

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

Mohawk College - Literacy and Basic Skills - Rm J016

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credits, post-secondary education and greater independence


St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education - Literacy and Basic Skills - Hamilton Mountain East - 150 East 5th St

Literacy, numeracy, and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Continuing Education at King William – Literacy and Basic Skills - King William Learning Centre

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence.

Collège Boréal - Literacy and Basic Skills - Hamilton Central

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education - Literacy and Basic Skills and Academic Upgrading at Main St E - Hamilton East - 770 Main St

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence

Visiting office for St. Charles LBS Program located at 196 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8L 5V7. Primary contact: Christine Hendrie LBS & Site Supervisor, Phone: 905-525-2268 Ext 2440, Fax: 905-526-9151, Email: hendriec@hwcdsb.ca