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Basic Literacy

General Information

Target audience:

Basic Skills Teachers / Tutors /Adult Literacy Instructors, Adult Educators

Course date:

6th June 2022 – 1st of July

  • Opening webinar: 13 June (Monday) 15:00 CET

Course status:


Certificate of Completion:

Participants completing the course will be awarded in the following ways:

1) Digital Certificate on Completing the Course: Basic Literacy

Criterion 1: accessed each of the content pages in the MOOC.

Those who meet this criterion will receive a digital certificate automatically at the end of the course. The certificate will certify that the participant has completed the course and engaged with all elements of the course thematics / content.

2) EBSN Badge on Professional Development Series: Basic Literacy

(Only for those completed criterion 1 and received Certificate of Completion)

Criterion 2:  completed knowledge checks (quizzes) and submission of at least 1 meaningful and relevant post in the forum discussions every week (corresponding to the thematic questions of the week, altogether minimum 4 entries within the course course).

This will prove that the participant reflected on the course content from the perspective of their own practice and were able to apply newly gained knowledge and insights in their own context.

The Professional Development Series is an initiative of the European Basic Skills Network to support adult educators and teachers as well as other personnel in basic skills education and training to develop their skills and methods to effectively help people progressing on their upskilling pathways. Within the project supported by ERASMUS+ Program a series of OERs and MOOCs are being developed.

The „Basic Literacy” is one of the courses which is being implemented and tested with Hungarian adult education professionals as participants, in the period 6 June – 1 July 2022, by EBSN Secretariat.

Course objectives

This course has specifically been designed to assist you in understanding the basic skills challenge to enhance your teaching practices when working with adults of basic skills. It will introduce you to factors leading to impaired basic skills and equip you with knowledge of personal development upskilling pathways in your teaching context.  It has been developed as part of the EBSN project in tandem with South East Technological University.

Course results

By the end of this MOOC, you will be able to: 

  • Understand Basic Literacy
  • Identify Personal Development Pathways
  • Identify resources for basic literacy skills
  • Implement best teaching practices for basic literacy

Course format

The MOOC will be implemented as a 4-week long online course (app. 5 hours/week; in total 20 hours), self-instructed study with self-checks as well as thematic forum discussions and 2 live webinars via Zoom with a tutor. The webinars will take place on Week 1 and Week 4.

  • Opening webinar: 13 June (Monday) 15:00 CET

The MOOC on Basic Literacy will include an ample variety of learning resources brought from international setting, presenting best teaching strategies and practices. The presentations, videos and other resources are becoming available week by week.

Key themes of the course

Week 1: Understanding basic literacy

Week 2: Personal development upskilling pathways

Week 3: Learning resources for adult basic skills

Week 4: Best practice teaching for basic skills

Assignments & Assessment

During this course you will come across several Knowledge Checks which are short quiz questions to check your understanding of various topics. Please try your best to answer these and revise the relevant section if you come into difficulties. In addition to this you will be asked to reflect on your teaching practices using the newly gained knowledge.

Each week will have a workload of between 4-5 hours.

Detailed course objectives


Week 1: Understanding basic literacy

Week’s objectives:

  1. Understand what basic literacy is.
  2. Understand the factors which lead to impaired basic literacy.
  3. Be acquainted with the European landscape on basic literacy challenges.
Week 2: Personal development upskilling pathways

Week’s objectives:

  1. Understand the personal development upskilling pathways of basic skills learners.
  2. Understand the process of skills assessment & tailored learning.
  3. Validate Prior Learning.
Week 3: Learning resources for adult basic skills

Week’s objectives:

  1. Become familiar with basic skills frameworks and their use in skills assessment and development.
  2. Understand the principles for good adult literacy work.
  3. Undertake learner centred curriculum development.
  4. Become familiar with and evaluate learning resources.
Week 4: Best practice teaching for basic skills

Week’s objectives:

  1. Implement Public Information Campaigns in your Practice.
  2. Preparing Learning Materials via an online interactive course.
  3. Reflect upon a variety of teaching perspectives.


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