ERIC Number: ED317746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Speaking Our Own Voice. Report of the Conference for Literacy Practitioners (Toronto, Ontario, November 26, 1988).
This report summarizes the proceedings of a day-long conference for adult literacy practitioners in Toronto. The conference addressed the many ways in which education can become more inclusive of adult learners. During the seven different workshops, participants explored questions of "voice." Common concerns included the following: (1) many people are denied choices and chances in education because of their culture, language, race, gender, physical disability, or economic class; (2) adult literacy, basic education, English-as-a-Second-Language, and mother tongue literacy classes are forced to operate with inadequate resources, support, and funding; and (3) adult learners must be actively consulted when programs are developed for them, in order to ensure that programs are meeting the needs of the literacy learners. The report covers the seven workshop themes: empowering language; addressing sexism; integrating adults with disabilities; furthering cross-cultural communication; understanding illiteracy and poverty; challenging racism; and advocating mother tongue instruction. Accounts of the morning and afternoon sessions are followed by an excerpt from an essay titled "Musing with Mothertongue." A summary of the evaluations and 15 references can be found at the end of the report. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Disabilities, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Programs, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Mainstreaming, Native Language Instruction, Native Speakers, Poverty, Program Improvement, Racial Bias, Second Language Instruction, Sex Bias, Sex Fairness, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario).