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)

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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!

Apply for workshop participation!

Registration for the Workshop is now open! Last day to submit your application is 3 March 2014. A reply will be sent out on 2 April 2014.

Who can apply?

The Workshop is open to librarians and staff working in the field of adult literacy, from countries participating in the EU funded Lifelong Learning Programme. Librarians and other library workers are a prioritised group, especially those with earlier experience within the field of adult literacy, and/or with ambitions to initiate a programme in accordance to the subjects of the workshop.

The Workshop is free of charge for participants. Bibliotek Botkyrka is also responsible for travel and subsistence costs for participants coming from another country in Europe than Sweden, including hotel accommodation and two-way flight tickets to Stockholm.

How do I apply?

The provided link is to the application form for the Adult illiteracy and second language perspectives: Towards a public library collaboration in Europe.

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.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email with your query!

The topic of the Workshop in Botkyrka

The majority of the functionally illiterate adults in Europe use the language of instruction – that is, the languages of the different official school systems – as their first language. However, changes in Europe’s demographic composition makes it increasingly important to discuss second language aspects of all literacy related issues. In order to narrow down the scope, the Workshop in Botkyrka will therefore have a second language approach to functional illiteracy. Its focus will be on library work that relates to basic literacy skills among adults with first languages other than the majority language in the country where they live. Special attention will be paid to literacy problems among adults that stem from a lack of professionally led schooling during childhood.