Exploring Learner Pathways: Meeting at the LBS / ESL Intersections – Final Report from MTML

June 20th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

The Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) recently published the Exploring Learner Pathways:  Meeting at the LBS/ESL Intersections Final Report which explored the learner pathways of adults with second language learning needs who also have low-level literacy skills.

The project focused on learners in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs who have previously attended LINC or ESL classes or learners who continue to build on their second language while working on literacy and Essential Skills. The following recommendations have been formulated as a result of the project’s findings:

  1. Improve access to information about the range of learning and training programs offered by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; the Ministry of Education; and by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  2. Create opportunities and resources for service delivery agencies that provide adult language, literacy and learning programs to increase their knowledge and awareness of each other.
  3. Develop and implement a screening and assessment approach that is flexible and responsive to the complex needs of the learners, to be used by language programs/CLARS centres and literacy programs when determining a learner’s eligibility and suitability.
  4. Provide a greater diversity of language training and literacy programs in order to address the distinct needs of different groups of learners.
  5. Support partnerships and collaborative initiatives between language and literacy providers.

Click here to read the full report and to explore other information and documents on the Exploring Learner Pathways blog.