“The new Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) includes a competency based curriculum framework that describes the learning adult learners need to transition successfully to their goals. The key organizing principle of the OAFLC is the learner’s goal path. The curriculum framework also describes learner proficiency at three levels of performance and helps practitioners and learners clarify the connection between literacy development and the tasks learners perform in work, learning and community settings”
Barb Simmons
Director of the Service Delivery Branch, MTCU

Before, learners worked on increasing their academic skills only and were tested to see what they could remember.

Now learners are also asked to complete real life tasks that are related to their goals of employment, getting high school credits, going to post-secondary school, apprenticeship or participating in the community.

For example, someone whose goal is apprenticeship might be asked to read a tape measure as part of their math studies or someone headed to employment might be asked to write a memo about a safety concern at work.

The benefits of doing a combination of skills and tasked based training is that the learners keep their sights on their goals by completing relevant goal related tasks rather than getting lost in the “desk work” they have been given.

For more information about the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) visit Community Literacy of Ontario’s OALCF page at