Essential Skills development is a hot topic as Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) continues to expand and promote their Essential Skills website, which was designed to encourage students, employers, and practitioners to incorporate Essential Skills tools and resources into individual, workplace, and classroom training. You can access this valuable website by visiting: www.rhdcc-hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/essential_skills/general/home.shtml.
ES practices are being adopted by a growing number of Canadian literacy organizations. Several provinces, including Manitoba, have moved to implement Essential Skills development in their elementary, secondary, and adult education curriculum.
Whether you are already using Essential Skills in your practice, or are just beginning to think about it, Community Literacy of Ontario has designed this Literacy Basics module to help you develop a better understanding of the background and motivation behind ES development. You will also be introduced to a variety of ES tools and resources and the ways they can be used to enhance adult learners' programs and progress.
Essential Skills provide an effective platform for adult literacy education, and the HRSDC Essential Skills website is a comprehensive and helpful tool for new users. By applying the same considerations that you would adult learners, and using a step-by-step approach, you can successfully navigate the ES site and incorporate ES methodology at your own pace.
We at CLO encourage you to take the time to work through this Essential Skills module, explore the provided links, and revel in the “aha!” moments that will surely come. Like those who are already using ES language and tools, we are confident that you, too, will discover that Essential Skills outcomes are easy to measure and provide a clear, authentic focus for practitioners and adult learners alike.
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