The first three Essential Skills (Reading Text, Document Use and Numeracy) are basic literacy skills - the kinds of skills that are taught in adult literacy programs in Ontario. Essential Skills provide people (employers, service professionals, governments) with a common way to talk about literacy skill development for adults.
Essential Skills are becoming a new way to talk about literacy skills. As Essential Skills burst onto education and workplace radars, a number of myths emerged:
Sounds familiar? For information on how and why the two statements above are myths, and for other common myths about Essential Skills, visit the HRSDC website - Understanding Essential Skills.