Literacy Learner Resources

Teaching Resources (Not Modules)

Literacy Learner Reading Books - Bow Valley Readers

 A collection of forty theme-based readers, along with an instructors guide, will support ESL literacy instructors to create comprehensive, theme-based lessons for adult ESL literacy learners.

Phonics Stories

A set of five interactive phonics stories for foundational learners (each based on a short-vowel sound) that incorporate high-quality images, audio, vocabulary and comprehension to facilitate the acquisition of beginning literacy skills

Easy Reading Job Profiles

Easy Reading Job Profiles to help clients with low literacy pursue their employment goals. You can view the profiles individually or by occupational cluster - <i>Low Levels and Literacy

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

This introduces a Framework of Literacy Skills for Adult ESL Literacy Learners, which outlines the skills for the development of literacy. The resource also explores effective approaches to resource teaching adult ESL literacy learners. 

Supporting ESL Literacy Learners

ESL Literacy learners have full, complex lives as adults in a new country. They often face a wide range of barriers to their learning before they even step into the classroom. Successful ESL literacy programs are sensitive to learners’ barriers and recognize that learners need support

Decoding Skills Literacy Reference Lists

The concepts included in the graphic below come from the Reference Lists and aim at showing where those concepts begin and DOES NOT show where they end as the expectation is to build on them from level to level in order to achieve fluency.

Sight Words Lists - Literacy

These initial lists were compiled from a of meetings among teachers. The start point was the 176 function words from the Essential Word Lists published in 2016 by Dang, T. N. Y., & Webb, S. The Dolch and Fry lists were also consulted.

Literacy Skills Referece Lists

The Reference Lists are a compliment to the ESL Literacy Benchmark Profiles that reflect the Continuum of Literacy Skills from ESL for ALL and teachers' input. They are subdivided into literacy levels (low and high), and further divided into Key Supporting Skills. These lists are documents to be considered in planning and teaching. They are not "checklists" to consider for promotion or for assessment. Foundations, CLB 1L, CLB 2L, CLB 3L, CLB 4L

Digital Literacy Progression Lists

The Digital Literacy Progression List represents the approximate progression of a learner’s proficiency and comfort with digital technologies. The skills and strategies descriptors in this list will help in setting digital learning targets, observing learner progress, and planning courseware to explicitly include Digital Literacy in classes.

Online Learning and Digital Literacy Guide

Online asynchronous guide to help students be successful in online classes and develop digital literacy skills

Knowing Your Literacy Students

The Knowing Your Literacy Students project was designed to help immigrant women who are falling behind in the process of learning English, and transition up into the regular LINC stream. In order to accomplish this CIWA wanted to create an alternative curriculum that would target the barriers LINC teachers and our research identified. The project manual consists of two main sections: a discussion on how culture may influence the learning process for literacy learners and the curriculum guidelines.

Professional Development,Training, and Networks

Professional Development Presentations and Workshops

The Literacy Centre of Expertise is available to provide PD sessions on a variety of topics relating to adult EAL literacy instruction including presentations on any of the above-mentioned resources. 

Let's Talk About...

The “Let’s Talk About” monthly sessions for literacy instructors (and anyone interested in Literacy) that occur the third Thursday of every month are also worthy of mention. These sessions feature a short presentation (15 minutes) by various people/experts in the field, as well as breakout room discussion and sharing of resources/ideas (30 minutes). These have been well received and attended. Presented by TIES and ATESL Advocacy. Contact to be invited into the group.  

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Literacy Content Developed at TIES!

Discover tools and techniques to help English language learners succeed in the classroom. Resources available for all literacy levels.