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Informatics The ability to read and write. See Digital literacy Medical communication The ability to read and understand written text, instructions and medically relevant materials. See health literacy, Science literacy.


Ability of a person to read, write, and speak English, and to solve problems sufficiently well to function in a job and in society.
[L. littera, letter]


(lit′ĕ-răt) [L. litteratus, marked with letters]
Being able to read and write, and to use written language as in understanding graphs, charts, tables, maps, symbols, and formulas. literacy (-ră-sē)

number literacy

The ability of patients to understand their lab values and make lifestyle adjustments accordingly.
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Data source: Statistics Canada and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL), 2003.
We found that we had to differentiate the way our tutors taught the students who do not speak English as their primary language," said Joyce Whidden, executive director of Adult Literacy League, Inc.
The Minister said: "This is a vitally important project for us, and the size of this fund shows how seriously we want to try and solve the problem of adult literacy.
The first International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), a collaborative effort by seven governments and three intergovernment organizations, uncovered a serious literacy problem in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
The Waiting List Reduction Grant supports adult literacy programs' efforts to decrease the number of individuals waiting for literacy services.
Leaders for Literacy luncheon is the first in a periodic series of adult literacy awareness-raising events being hosted by Washtenaw Literacy , a non-profit organization dedicated to ending adult illiteracy.
A new guide offers communities around Tasmania the practical advice and tools they need to help improve adult literacy.
However, the need in the primary education sector is for another 120,000 schools and 342,000 teachers, almost doubling the primary sector and leaving very little for an effective adult literacy campaign.
Improving adult literacy instruction; options for practice and research.
Inez Bailey, director of National Adult Literacy Association, said: "This seminar is outlining the great challenge of supporting both the unemployed as well as the low skilled in employment to develop their literacy skills with the support of employers and trade unions.
ISLAMABAD, February 24, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The National Assembly has been informed that the government is working on various programmes to give boost to the adult literacy rate in the country.
But now she is becoming something of an avid reader thanks to an adult literacy programme.

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