The following are some examples of tools and resources that may be useful for Learner Plan development. These resources were of interest to LBS practitioners interviewed during the development of this module. This is not intended as an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to explore the resources available on the Internet or through Copian’s download library. Copian (formerly known as the National Adult Literacy Database or NALD) is the home of the country’s largest online digital Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) library, and the go-to place for LES information.
This small booklet is a tool to help individuals who want to work towards apprenticeship. It has activities to help assess Essential Skills and make a plan for improving weak areas. It lists websites that offer information about trades and skills upgrading, setting goals and tracking achievement.
This guide provides general information about
- information and referral resources for Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) providers
- assessment tools and online learning opportunities
- supports that exist for potential and current apprentices
- lists of resources related to training and learner plan development
It is available online from the Copian Library.
This resource from Community Literacy of Ontario is an OALCF competency-based learning curricula that can be used with learners on the Independence goal path. Moving Forward includes information sheets, activity sheets and practitioner information within five modules:
- Food and Nutrition
- Household Dangers
- Managing Your Money
- Time Management and Organization
Moving Forward also has a listing of 49 additional resources. Available from CLO in print on a cost-recovery basis plus postage or downloadable for free on CLO’s website.
- Measure-Up (How do your skills Measure Up?)
SkillPlan has developed an online site with free task-based activities to practice and test skills in three Essential Skills: Reading, Document Use and Math.
This resource was developed by CESBA and contains five tools to help practitioners and learners work within the OALCF. One of these resources, the Embedded Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes Reference Guide for Ontario (ESKARGO), is particularly useful with the selection of tasks and how to bridge the gap between selecting a task and knowing what to teach. The ESKARGO contains lists of skills and knowledge found in tasks that are situated within each particular competency, task group and level. It also has an ESKARGO Attitudes Rubric to help learners consider how attitude plays a role in successful task performance.
This site has some useful interactive tools and videos to help learners on the Employment goal path understand the needs of their goal and goal path. These tools and resources are built around Canada’s Essential Skills (ES), which are task-based and levelled the same as the OALCF. There is also a section that explains the difference between a task and a skill-building activity and many activities to build into the Learners’ Plans.
- SkillPlan materials
SkillPlan has developed many resources which contribute to essential skills development and include task-based activities.
This helpful online resource is a repository of activities developed by QUILL Learning Network especially for the OALCF goal paths and competencies.
The publication, OALCF Tools and Resources provides information on OALCF tools and resources including these publications: