Presenting Literacy for all – Botkyrka 2014

coverbild01_literacyforallDuring the week, there will be public lectures, which everyone is welcome to visit. In the afternoons, the group of 20 participants that were selected, will discuss the subjects further in the workshop.

It’s just 21 days left, and we can now proudly present almost all the lecturers during the week!
Read the programme

We will continue to present the participating lecturers on this blog.

 

Digital environments for all

Foto på Lena Ryman Wilden

Lena Ryman Wildén is a teacher in Second Language, and works with Swedish för Immigrants in Norrköping.

She introduced iPads as a new way to improve her students’ Swedish skills, and discovered there was a lack of apps that focused on adults. To fill this void, she created the app Alfavux (in swedish) in cooperation with the Swedish National Agency for Education.

Ryman Wildéns lecture is about the process of developing an app designed for language training for older students with a mother tongue other than Swedish.

Digital environments for all – about the work with an app for older students with a mother tongue other than Swedish
Wednesday 11 June, 11:30-12:15 (PUBLIC LECTURE)

Libraries as social spaces

Kristian Nagel Delica

Kristian Nagel Delica.

Kristian Nagel Delica is Ph.D and assistant professor at the Departement of Social, Spatial and Environmental Change at Roskilde University in Denmark.

His research is transdisciplinary and seeks to connect sociological theories and methods to areas as diverse as Library and Information Science, Urban Studies, Social Innovation and Health Promotion.

His Ph.D dissertation was a study of how public libraries in disadvantaged areas in Denmark tried to develop themselves in to multifunctional community centres dealing with the diverse needs of the citizens in the areas. Recent work includes an essay discussing perspectives on the Danish library sector in the 2010’s (2014, PDF), a co-authored article on libraries as community centres in the International Handbook on Social Innovation (2014), and a literature review dissecting the empirical research on public libraries as creators of social capital (2013, PDF, in Danish).

Kristian Nagel Delica will talk about public libraries as hybrid institutions and social spaces in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Public libraries as hybrid institutions: social innovative spaces in disadvantaged neighbourhoods?
Thursday 12 June, 10:00-11:20 (PUBLIC LECTURE)

 

 

Literacy and multimodality

Bild på Qarin Franker Foto: Thomas Melin

Qarin Franker. Fotograf: Thomas Melin

Qarin Franker is Ph.D and assistant professor at the Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Her thesis is called “Literacies and Visual Texts: Studies on Teachers and Low Educated Learners in the Basic Swedish Language Programme for Adult Immigrants (2011)” (in Swedish). It aims to broaden the understanding concerning literacy from the traditional focus on verbal text to include the aspects of visual understanding.

 

Literacy and multimodality will be the topic of her lecture.

Literacy and multimodality
Tuesday 10 June, 10:00-11:00 (PUBLIC LECTURE)

Easy-to-Read audio books and e-books

From now on, we are going to present the participating lecturer and activities during the workshop week in June, here on the blog. The first one that will be introduced is the Swedish publishing house LL-förlaget.

LL-förlagets logoLL-förlaget is an Easy-to-Read publishing house, and is part of the Center for Easy-to-Read, along with the newspaper 8 Pages and the Easy-to-Read Commission Service that adapts easy-to-read versions of governmental committee publications and other material for public authorities.

Foto på Laura Mendez Fotograf: Ulf Lundin

Laura Mendez. Fotograf: Ulf Lundin

LL-förlaget publishes easy-to-read books, both fiction and non-fiction, audio books and e-books for people with reading disabilities. The audience consists of dyslectics, immigrants, people with other reading impairments caused by intellectual disability, and young people from homes where reading has been neglected.

Laura Mendez Edkvist, publisher-in-Chief of LL-förlaget, presents the latest publications, with special focus on audio books and e-books.

Easy-to-Read audio books and e-books
Tuesday 10 June, 11:30-12:00 (PUBLIC LECTURE)

More about the Center for Easy-to-Read in english

Why functional illiteracy?

What is functional literacy? According to the widely used UNESCO definition from 1978 functional literacy means:

“A person is functionally literate who can engage in all those activities which literacy is required for effective functioning of his [or her] group or community and also for enabling him [her] to continue to use reading, writing and calculation for his [or her] own and the community’s development” (Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2006, p. 30).

The concept is not unproblematic. In UNESCOs Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education: Rethinking Literacy (2013) following critique is put forward:

“The notion of “functional literacy” has been heavily criticised as instrumental and biased towards economic activity. However, literacy is always “functional”, since it equips people with skills that allow them to function, so there is no need for such a qualifier. These definitions have been framed within education statistics, so they are mostly operational definitions for measurement purposes” (2013, p. 20).

However, we find the concept useful in the sense of contextualising reading and writing. Even though the definition may seem instrumental, the concept has the benefit of separating different aspects of literacy, and put forward a concept of literacy useful in rethinking public library work with regard to democratic participation and social inclusion. It asks fundamental questions about what kind of texts and reading that is valued in society as well as in public libraries.

Last day to apply

You can still apply for workshop participation. The registration for the Workshop is open until midnight today.

To apply to the Workshop please download the application form to your computer and fill it out. Print out the completed application and sign with your name at the assigned space. Scan the now signed and completed application form, and send it to us at functionilliteracy@botkyrka.se.

We are looking forward to receiving your application forms!