Help to enrich the report of the EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy

Renate valtin asked us to help.
Dear IDEC-members, dear friends and colleagues. In the meantime you all have received the Report of the High Level Group of Experts, established by the EU-commission, were Greg and Renate were members. Here is again the link to this document.  http://ec.europa.eu/education/literacy/index_en.htm  You will notice that in the report there are some projects and best-practice-examples of different nations. In the document three broad categories are differentiated: (1) creating a literate environment, (2)  quality of education and (3) participation and inclusion. Each of these categories has only a limited number of practical examples and could be enriched by more examples.
Because of the scope of the report only a few examples have been included. I think it is a good idea to collect and document more projects and positive examples. In agreement with Meeli and people from the European Commission in Brussels I would like to ask you to help me in enriching this report by sending me descriptions of projects carried out in your country. This information should comprise: the name of the project, the reference (best a link to a website) and a short description of the procedures and outcomes.  These are two examples in the report: Continue reading

The Power of Water

A few days ago, I was invited to visit Pohnpei, Micronesia through pictures. I was truly masmerized by my friend’s description of a photo of her standing at the blow holes at Tonga and the power of the sea.

As a a life- long learner myself, non- native speaker of English, an EFL teacher, someone whose kids made snow tunnels this February, I felt a need to experience and google  concepts like lazy sting rays, puffer fish, coral reef, lagoon, snorkling and blow holes.

Since, I am in hospital now and have plenty of time, I continued my “visit” and listened to the concerns of the local people for the future of the islands in Micronesia.The cute, five or six- year old children  joyfully crossing the shallow water of the street, may have to permanently leave  their homes and islands, because they are being covered by the sea. The global warming again. How sad! Continue reading

Contemporary literacy

As a comment to the excellent talk of Gunther Kress this afternoon,  I will draw your attention to a new study at the university of Stavanger:

Literacy studies – master

Is the book an endangered species? Are sms-messages destroying the English language? What were medieval books like? How do children learn to read and write? Who was Shakespeare and does it matter? What does reading do to our minds? http://www.uis.no/studietilbud/spraak_og_litteratur/master/literacy_studies/

And another study at the National centre for reading educaton and reserearch (Lesesenteret):  Digital reading
How can one teach students who hide behind their PCs and switch between Word, Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter? An ordinary day for teachers has been completely transformed during the last five to ten years. Reading research at the University of Stavanger has examined the complete transformation of the classroom which has taken place over the last 5-10 years.  http://lesesenteret.uis.no/frontpage/news/article26458-3357.html