During the past thirteen (13) years of MTCU funded Native literacy
programs and services in the city of Toronto, the following delivery methods
have become common practice:
- Drop-in literacy services - provides information and referrals
regarding educational and/or training programs for adults, job-related
assistance such as resumes and cover letters, assistance with learning how to
use available computers e.g., to write an essay, surf the Net, send e-mail,
also provides for initial intake and assessments, and basic program information
- One-to-one tutoring - which is delivered by staff, volunteer tutors,
or peer tutors.
- Supervised learning - learners study independently on or off-site;
the practitioner develops a training plan with the learner to gradually
increase their literacy level in specific areas of need at a pace set by the
learner; this can be supplemented by weekly tutoring sessions.
- Small-group literacy - includes: Native language classes; poetry or
creative writing circles; reading nights (with various published Native
authors); English and math upgrading classes; job-readiness groups; support
circles; exercise classes; educational outings, e.g., school and college tours;
outings to cyber cafés; attending plays written and performed by First
Nations people; exposure to cultural experiences and ceremonies e.g., teaching
circles, powwows, visiting the Peterborough petroglyphs, which are followed by
various literacy exercises.
- Special projects - have included a momsntots program,
regalia-making classes, creation of a community-based newsletter providing a
forum for learners work to be published, design of program flyers, assistance
with the development of curriculum workbooks, evaluation of Native literacy
learning materials, writing contests, and assistance with the promotion of
Native literacy at community gatherings and book fairs.