8th September 2014
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It's International Literacy Day on 8th September & clearly very
much related to our work.
There is an excellent video of literacy teaching in action at the
Teach English website - 'Judy Kirsh explores some of the
different pproaches involved in teaching basic literacy to ESOL
learners who have no, or very little, literacy in English or any
other language. She begins with a brief overview of possible
approaches and theories of literacy learning, followed by a
closer examination of the 'language experience' approach.'
Here's the Wikipedia definition of 'literacy':
'The traditional definition of literacy is considered to be the
ability to read and write, or the ability to use language to
read, write, listen, and speak. In modern contexts, the word
refers to reading and writing at a level adequate for
communication, or at a level that lets one understand and
communicate ideas in a literate society, so as to take part in
that society. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has drafted the following
definition: "'Literacy' is the ability to identify, understand,
interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and
written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy
involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to
achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and
potential, and to participate fully in the wider society." In
modern times, illiteracy is seen as a social problem to be solved
There is literacy in the mother tongue & then being literate in
another language. Our learners have a variety of different needs
that depend on their future target situations & preferred
learning aims. For learners living in English-speaking countries
the need tend to be very clear & for those wishing to live or
visit one of these countries in the future, much the same needs
apply. And then a lot of other learners would like this more
functional approach taken with their learning as a matter of
course. However there are those who do not see themselves
interacting with native speakers as much as the non-native
speaker in a business setting.
In the wider context, the UN has this to say about literacy:
'Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to
four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for
all – children, youth and adults - is still an unaccomplished
goal and an ever moving target. A combination of ambitious goals,
insufficient and parallel efforts, inadequate resources and
strategies, and continued underestimation of the magnitude and
complexity of the task accounts for this unmet goal. Lessons
learnt over recent decades show that meeting the goal of
universal literacy calls not only for more effective efforts but
also for renewed political will and for doing things differently
at all levels - locally, nationally and internationally.'
'On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the
international community of the status of literacy and adult
learning globally. Despite many and varied efforts, literacy
remains an elusive target: some 774 million adults lack minimum
literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and
two-thirds of them are women; 75 million children are
out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.'
Wikipedia's page on the Day:
The aim of these ESOL citizenship materials is to help the ESOL
teacher develop the learners' knowledge of life in the UK, help
them become more active citizens and to support applications for
citizenship and settlement. If you are an ESOL teacher working
with learners at Entry 1, Entry 2 or Entry 3, we hope you will
find them useful anyway. But if you are teaching ESOL
citizenship, they are essential. Use of Citizenship Materials for
ESOL Learners in an ESOL citizenship and settlement course is now
a Home Office requirement, if the learners wish to apply for UK
citizenship and settlement. Excellent free downloads useful for
all English language teachers!
A few more links to interesting & useful material - among many!:
Sample British-ness tests.
Simplified spelling lesson from Ed Rondthaler, age 102, former
president of the American Literacy Council - YouTube.
The 'really useful guide' to words & numbers.
Write On - an interactive web site to help you improve your
reading, writing and numbers skills.
Literacy Resources for Learners of English as a Second Language
Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy
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