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English Language Learning

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andre davey

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Education must be obtainable
on the farm, in the bush, on the railways, and in the mines. We must educate the whole family wherever the work is." (Fitzpatrick, 1920)
Website design and development
- breakdown topics of study into
manageable sub-topics
- find suitable websites and
activities to incorporate
- embed links and photos for
maximum appeal an ease

Feedback and improve content
- focus groups and surveys
- review and edit pages
- check format for multiple devices

Market and launch website
- write page descriptions using
key words for search engines
- endorse site to community
"The challenges that face today's adult literacy educators in Canada are part of a historical continuum" (Terry, 2001)
Graduate Studies in Lifelong Learning Practicum
Current target audience
: Intermediate English language learners
Feedback from learners and practitioners, received during focus groups and through a voluntary online survey, has been positive.

100% of respondents answered that the site was quite informative.

89% of respondents stated that the site was easy to navigate.

100% of respondents said that the design of was welcoming.

89% of respondents found the difficulty of the activities appropriate.
Addressing the Needs of Newcomers
English Language Learning
The Website:
André Davey
April 2, 2014
In 2011, National Geographic released data about our world of 7 billion. The rise of cell phone use in impoverished areas sparked the idea of reaching learners digitally.
Canada's roots in adult education attended to learners in remote locations, bringing literacy to the workplace, as seen with Frontier College and the Antigonish Movement.
The world of seven billion. (2011). Retrieved September 12, 2011 from http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/age-of-man/map-interactive
- No text-heavy web pages
- No pop-up ads
- No technical jargon
The Next Step:
The use of information technology enables a shared learning environment between instructors and adult learners, even with the separation of space and time (LeNoue, Hall, & Eighmy, 2011).
With a basic working knowledge of the English language, each learner will be able to direct themselves through the variety of online support materials available.
One intention of my practicum is to make available a learning resource that can be accessed from any device, anywhere with internet service.
is a simple, interactive, and visually appealing software program that has provided learners with the steps to improve their communication skills.
: "a sustained effort to assist adults to learn in a way that enhances their capability to function as self-directed learners." (Mezirow, 1981)
Mezirow, J. (1981). A critical theory of adult learning and education.
Adult Education, 32
(1), 3-24.
Fitzpatrick, A. (1920).
The University in Overalls: a Plea for Part-time Study.
Toronto, ON: Hunter-Rose.
LeNoue, M., Hall, T., & Eighmy, M. (2011). Adult Education and the Social Media Revolution,
Adult Learning, 22
(2), 4-12.
Vocabulary Word formation Parts of speech Decoding
Paragraphs Spelling Grammar Editing Pronunciation Intonation Idioms
This site provides a clear understanding of the different factions of English upgrading available to international learners, including the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), and Nova Scotia's Adult Learning Program (ALP).
The primary objective of this online resource is to present a sincere and coherent approach to improving one's abilities in the subjects of
, and
With easily accessible exercises and informative links, this practical website empowers the learner to self-identify with their initial skill level, to be pro-active on their learning path, and to choose appropriate exercises and activities.
Learners who become more self-confident heighten their potential to motivate and guide themselves on their lifelong learning journey. (Grabove, 1997)
Feel free to explore this innovative learning resource for yourself.
Simply go to:
Online accessibility provides the freedom to determine when and how you want to upgrade your skills.
- Free of charge
- Simplicity
- Flexibility
determine their level of participation in the following topics.
Grabove, V. (1997). The many facets of transformative learning theory and practice.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education
, 74. 89-96.
Given the necessary information and tools, self-disciplined learners will educate themselves to learn independently.
Terry, M. (2001). Philosophies of adult education movements in 20th century Canada: Implications for current literacy educators.
(2), 61-78.
To improve socially it is better to have action with a few failings than to have no action at all. (Coady, 1939)
As we move forward, this website for English language learners becomes a living entity full of potential.

Regular maintenance will be required to ensure that links continue to be active.

The success of this website will be directly connected to the amount of use it receives from it's target audience.
Coady, M. (1939).
Masters of their Own Destiny
. New York, NY: Harper.
Due to time constraints, the website does not sufficiently address all the needs of a basic or more advanced learner.

With time the site will grow to be more inclusive.
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