LBS Practitioner Training

Professional development support for Literacy and Basic Skills educators in Ontario

5. Program Delivery

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The day-to-day work of teaching and learning is the core business of the Literacy and Basic Skills Program in Ontario. Practitioners who work with adult literacy learners are, for the most part, people who love to teach and are motivated by the opportunity to make a difference. As both research and experience tells us, success for literacy learners is closely tied to the ability, knowledge and skill of the practitioner as instructor, coach and guide.  Module 5 offers training that will help adult literacy practitioners develop and strengthen the skills they need in order to deliver most effective training.  

LBS instructors in school boards know that in order to deliver effective training, they must be able to:
•    inspire, motivate, and challenge adults to become successful, self-directed learners,
•    meet individual needs in a group setting,
•    prepare learners for various and specific tasks they will encounter in the real world,
•    help learners develop the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to be successful in whatever goal path they have chosen
•    demonstrate, monitor and track learner progress
•    successfully prepare learners for successful transition to their next step destinations.

This course has four units of study. In each unit there are course notes, links to files with related readings from various sources, links to online materials and resources, and opportunities for self-reflection.  Guided self-reflection through journaling can help you examine the impact this information has on your own thinking and the implications that follow for your day-to-day teaching practice.

Course Outline

5.1  The Teaching-Learning Exchange
•    how adults learn best
•    principles and techniques of good teaching
•    effective strategies for one-to-one and working with groups
•    teaching and learning in groups using integrated tasks

5.2  Tasks and OALCF Competencies
•    Find and use information
•    Communicate ideas and information
•    Understand and use numbers
•    Use digital technology

5.3  Teaching to Different Goal Paths
•    Employment
•    Independence
•    Secondary School Credit
•    Postsecondary and Apprenticeship Training  

5.4  Assessment
•    understanding assessment and identifying learner needs
•    initial, ongoing and exit assessment
•    selecting the best assessment tools
•    milestones
•    culminating tasks and readiness for transition

PLEASE NOTE: This course will be fully completed by June 30, 2013

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