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Many of you have asked about participating in our courses
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Literacy in the Workplace

Instructor: Nancy Jackson, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

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An Introduction to New Literacy Studies in Adult Education

AEC1131 HS
Instructor:  Guy Ewing, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

About the course

This course will offer an introduction to recent international theories in the field of adult literacy that are known variously as social practice theories, socio-cultural theories, or “The New Literacy Studies.” This approach shifts attention away from literacy as an isolated set of “skills” and encourages us to look instead at relationships, going beyond texts themselves to what people do with written texts, with whom, where, and how.  It recognises difference and diversity and challenges us to consider how these differences are valued within our societies. It invites us to explore not only educational settings but informal learning, and the many other settings in which literacies play a key role. The course will explore the implications of this theoretical tradition for literacy practice, research and policy. No pre-requisite, but previous experience in the field of adult literacy will be an asset.

About the Instructor

Guy Ewing holds a Ph.D in linguistics from the University of Toronto and has a background in research in adult literacy learning and child language development.  He has worked in the adult basic literacy field for twenty years, as a tutor, small group facilitator, classroom instructor and tutor trainer.  He is Facilitator/Researcher in a national research project called “Identifying Inclusive Models of Lifelong Learning in Canada.” swiss replica watches

How to Participate

If you are a graduate student, please register officially through ROSI at If you are a literacy practitioner and are interested in being a community participant this course, please contact Nancy Jackson at or by phone, 416.978.0890.

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