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Literacy Quebec Resources

Literacy Quebec is an umbrella organization representing 13 community-based literacy organizations across Quebec.  Literacy Unlimited is part of this network.  Member organizations offer literacy services, from one-on-one tutoring to small group instruction and learning centers to English speaking individuals and families. For a full list of all the great member organizations, visit the Literacy Quebec website at: https://www.literacyquebec.org/memberstest.html On the website, you will also find many literacy resources including these two great initiatives:  Literacy Helpline  The Literacy Helpline is a FREE service that provides information and support for tasks that require reading, writing and/or digital literacy skills. English-speaking Quebecers, 16 and over, can call 1-888-521-8181 for …

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Adult Education Centre Updates

Here are the registration dates and relevant information for the adult education centres: Place Cartier – Spring courses start May 5th – Register NOW Space is limited and many course are already full Click here to find out more about registering at Place Cartier 2021 To apply online and set up an appointment with an advisor open this link to the LBPSB Online Registrations Forms These links will take you to the Place Cartier website and a summary of programs offered: Exclusive Student Services at Place Cartier CEGEP and University Readiness Career Program Readiness High School Diploma Special Needs Programs …

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Covid-19 Information and Resources

Here are just some links you will find useful as we face this pandemic together. CIUSSS tool – mental health and the pandemic (PDF) Literacy Quebec Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline Literacy Quebec Helpline – helping English speaking Quebecers who need information and support How to get an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination in Quebec Information and advice on the Covid-19 situation from Public Health Canada Information on prevention and risks from Public Health Canada Local information and advice from the Quebec Government Self Care Guide PDF from the Quebec Government Information on economic support to individuals impacted by Covid-19 Applying for …

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International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day In Canada, this year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. The International’s women’s day page is a great place to start a session. Here you can find out more about the theme and what it means. You will also be encouraged to strike a pose – and accept the challenge. Here’s a video you’ll find on the webpage. An energizing way to begin thinking about the topic and start a discussion with an adult learner. Why not follow up this video with a reading activity! News for You has an interesting article about how children …

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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss started creating books for early readers after learning that so many American children were having trouble learning to read. About Dr Seuss Want to learn more about his incredible life. Here’s a great article to share during a tutoring session: https://www.cbc.ca/books/60-facts-about-the-world-of-dr-seuss-1.4557340 Books by Dr Seuss And if you’re looking for Dr Seuss books to read or recommend, there are lots to choose from but some to avoid! https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/dr-seuss-books-publication-racist-images-1.5933033 Read-Aloud with The Lorax Here’s my favourite and a great read-aloud to enjoy with your children. Brightly Storytime has lots of other read-aloud books to choose from in their YouTube …

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In Canada, this year’s theme is The Future is Now. The Government of Canada’s website has lots of information including short biographies and videos about the many noteworthy Black figures in Canadian history, This month there are also lots of other interesting and inspiring articles to read, watch and discuss with your learner as part of your session. Here are just a few. For events in Montreal to celebrate Black history this month, check out the Mois l’Histoire des Noirs (MHN) website. MHN has lots to offer. If you are looking for a webinar on …

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A Tour of Ultimate Phonics

In January’s Let’s Zoom Tutors N Tea, LU volunteer tutor, Michael, took us on a tour of the resource Ultimate Phonics. Ultimate Phonics is a phonics-based program for beginning and struggling readers. Here is a short presentation from this session: If you and your learner are interested in getting a license to download and use this software, contact Stephanie at LU for more information! More About Ultimate Phonics from Spencer Learning To find out more about Ultimate Phonics, visit the Spencer Learning website. Here you will find the downloadable documents Michael refers to in the video: Reading proficiency test Detailed …

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Taking on the writing challenge

If you are working with a learner on their writing skills, this post provides some tips and resources to help you guide your learner through the writing process. This introductory presentation was made during a Let’s Zoom Tutors and Tea mini-training for LU tutors. In the presentation, we think about the writing task. We look at the various skills that we need to be good writers. We think about the first steps for a tutor working with an adult learner as they seek to improve their writing skills. The presentation highlights how important it is to break down the writing …

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Family Literacy Day

“The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.” Dr. Seuss January 27th is Family Literacy Day! Created in 1999 by ABC Literacy Canada, their goal is to remind families of the importance of participating in reading and learning activities together on a daily basis. Below are some fun activities that will help celebrate the day. Enjoy! ABC Life Literacy – Illustrator Barbara Reid, Canadian Author and Illustrator – EVENT – Grades 1-6 The Family Literacy Day honorary chair this year is Barbara Reid, Canadian author and illustrator …

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