An Online English Language Group at BNH

Are you interested in research on self-care and mental health?
Are you looking for some social connection with others?
You got it!

Self-Care is an online English Language Group whose topics involve many interesting elements that contribute to mental health, like laughter, nature, exercise, and more! Let’s learn some super useful health information, improve our English, and stay connected with people all at once!

Join us on Zoom every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, starting from January 26th!
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Online EAL Class at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Want to improve your English and have some fun at the same time? No problem!

Get ready to join BNH’s online English class every Tuesday, starting from January 12th!

BNH EAL class is a great way to learn English and practice conversation with others from the comfort of your home.

All learners, newcomers, and refugees are welcome!

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Research Snippet

Excerpts from the recent issue of Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy (emphasis and hyperlinks added by me):

Asking “when and why the discourse in the field of adult literacy education shifted from the language of human rights and social justice to the language of human capital and workforce development“, Ira Yankwitt from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York answers “the 1990s, neoliberalism […]”.

Stephen Reder from Portland State University argues that “adult literacy education needs to be repositioned within a new framework of lifelong and life-wide learning, a framework in which new policies are formulated, programs are designed and evaluated, and research is funded and carried out. To appreciate how much this suggested framework differs from the neoliberal framework in which adult education is currently embedded, it is worth considering briefly how neoliberalism has gained its foothold in (some would say its stranglehold on) adult education.”

Check out the open access Adult Literacy Education journal on to read more about the “neoliberalism stranglehold” on education.

“To be sure, many students have goals that are consistent with the workforce development agenda, but many other adults needing stronger basic skills have other learning goals and motivations.” Reder goes on.

Scientia gratia scientiae.

Sources quoted:

Reder, Stephen. 2020. “A Lifelong and Life-Wide Framework for Adult Literacy Education.” Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy 2 (1): 48–53.

Yankwitt, Ira. 2020. “Toward a Vision of Movement Building in Adult Literacy Education.” Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy 2 (1): 58–63.


A Quote with Pictures

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”                                                            –Alvin Toffler

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. 2020. Embracing a Culture of Lifelong Learning: Contribution to the Futures of Education Initiative

Text: CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
Picture: Lukas Park