With the working group’s input, the researcher developed an ongoing list of recent, relevant papers, reports and policy statements particularly related to ESL literacy and literacy for immigrants in general. Although most reports focused on the Canadian context, several documents focusing on the international context were also reviewed.
The researcher reviewed each document for themes that included definitions, profile of immigrants with ESL literacy needs, policy statements, good practice, professional development, gaps and issues, along with solutions and recommendations for the future.
With the working group input, the researcher also developed a working list of key informants to be interviewed. The key informant list grew through the data collection process as additional people were recommended.
We attempted to talk to a wide range of key informants across the country including:
Twenty-three interviews were conducted with key informants. An additional key informant gave input into the draft paper. See Table 1 for a breakdown of key informants by sector. See Table 2 for a breakdown of key informants by province/territory.