Open educational resources and instructional materials
Supporting adult literacy and foundational learning programs
Your search for free, reproducible and modifiable workbooks, lessons, activities, modules, slide sets, and even courses ends here!
With the guidance of a working group of educators from Ontario adult literacy programs, we've curated a collection of always free and reproducible and mostly open, quality instructional materials and content that tutors and instructors can use with adult learners. This is not another list of links leading you to sites and collections that you have to search. We've done the searching, reviewing, vetting and organization for you. All resources are ready-to-use and most have teaching tips and guidance.
Resources that can be modified are also available in a Google Drive collection. If you like this set-up, you can continue building your personal collection. If resources can't be stored in our folders, due to copyright restrictions or the use of online formats, we provide direct links to the resources.
All items in the collection contain details about allowable uses (i.e. copyright or Creative Commons licensing information) and level of instruction. Read more about the development of the collection, allowable uses and how this collection fills a gap in the field of foundational adult education.
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A Closer Read is a reading strategies collection that could readily be used as a course. It includes a student workbook, teacher book, audio files and vocabulary practice using Quizlet (added April, 2023).
Read Faster, Understand More is a comprehensive set of materials focused on developing reading skills and strategies to prepare for college entry. The workbook/textbook and accompanying Quizlets and Slides could be used as the basis of a course (added April, 2023).
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) has developed a comprehensive, engaging and very useful set of learning modules to help learners use their smartphones. The resource also includes information for educators, trainers and services providers (added August, 2023).
The Indigenous Cultural Education Toolkit produced by The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC) will "provide understanding of Indigenous world views and promote cultural consciousness." It is filled with activities you can use with learners and for your own professional learning (added August 2023).
Teach digital media awareness with some great resources from the Canadian organization Ctrl-F. "False and misleading information is rampant online, and people lack the skills and motivation to determine what to trust. To build the next generation of informed citizens, we need to adopt new ways to teach digital media literacy and source evaluation" (added September 2023).