ADL140 - Making it Work

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Subject Title
Making it Work

Subject Description
This subject is designed for experienced literacy educators who have little familiarity with the development and/or delivery of literacy and basic skills programs in the workplace environment. You gain an understanding of the complexities of relationships between business, labour and employees in the determination of workplace training needs, the key steps involved in the development and delivery of a workplace literacy program and the critical role that evaluation plays in workplace program.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Adult Literacy Educator Recognition of Achievement Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate their understanding of the complexity of workplace literacy.

2. Demonstrate their understanding of the perspectives of business, labour and the employee, and the critical issues that influence the participation of each of these stakeholders in the development of workplace literacy programs.

3. Demonstrate their understanding of what is involved in determining the educational needs of a workplace and in developing a program that meets those needs.

4. Demonstrate their ability to use the principles of adult learning to create and provide a workplace literacy program.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ADL 110 - Adult Literacy Learner

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to workplace literacy, role of the educator
  • Program development and delivery
  • Workplace essential skills
  • Motivations for involvement
  • Workplace training needs
  • Design and development of a workplace program

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor, and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Title: Making it Work
Author: Project Read Literacy Network
Publisher: Project Read Literacy Network
ISBN: 88880002799
This book is part of the course content as a downloadable file.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Participation in Discussions 15%
Completion of Self-Directed Activities 15%
Assignment #1 10%
Assignment #2 10%
Assignment #3 10%
Assignment #4 10%
Module Demonstration 30%
Total 100%

Note: Seneca College's grading policy applies to online subjects. 

Expected English Competencies

The ability to communicate in writing is essential for success in all business subjects. All written work must display the following characteristics of clarity and conciseness: 
  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar 
  • spelling and punctuation are correct 
  • appropriate vocabulary is used 
  • sentences are structured correctly 
  • main points are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
  • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs 
  • work is arranged in correct format (i.e., reports, essays) 
  • layout is attractively displayed

Up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all written work if the above mentioned expected English competencies are not met. 
Promotion Policy

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action be established.  Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two sessions after the assignment due date.

The College Academic Policy will prevail regarding Academic Honesty.

Assignments will be marked on the basis of an appropriate standard of research, content, organizaton of material and presentation.  Assignments are to be grammatically correct and typewritten or prepared by computer.

Students are expected to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both verbally and in their written work.


Approved by: Sandra Noble