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What is LES?
Literacy was traditionally defined as being able to read and write. Today, the definition of literacy includes many other skills, known as the 'essential skills':
- document use
- computer use
- oral communication
- working with others
- continuous learning
Studies show that 40% of adult Albertans and 35% of working age Albertans do not have the basic literacy skills they need to get ahead in today’s demanding society and economy (International Adult Literacy & Skills Survey-IALSS, Statistics Canada, 2003).
Essential skills are the foundation for learning all other skills. Every task, at home, at work or in the community, uses them. This need inspired Literacy Alberta to create the Essential Skills Resource Guide to help you explore and understand the essential skills.
The Guide is an Excel spreadsheet, organized by topics and full of helpful links. You can use it from our site, or download it to your own computer.
Literacy Alberta believes everyone should have the skills needed to fully participate in life – at work, at home and in their community.