WELCOME TO LITERACY AND BASIC SKILLS

Dixon Hall Literacy & Basic Skills program provides free training to suit the needs of the learners we serve. We deliver programming that is flexible and tailored to meet the learning goals, interests, learning style and availability of the learners.

Dixon Hall believes in a learner-centred approach – it is the learner who decides how and what they learn. Our trained instructors work with learners in a small group, to help them find the best way to learn. We will work with you to develop a learning plan, create lesson plans and learning activities to suit your interests and goals.

HOURS

Monday to Friday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

416-956-4949

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

If you are interested in any of our available programs, you should meet the following requirements:

  • 19 years or older

  • Have strong English conversational skills (recommended Canadian Language Benchmark Level 6 or higher)

  • Resident of Ontario

  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)

  • Participate in online sessions led by an Instructor, via Zoom

  • Have a computer, tablet or, phone with Internet connection

  • Must have a laptop or desktop computer for computer training and Basic Food Safety training

LBS Adult Upgrading

Dixon Hall believes in a learner-centred approach – it is the learner who decides how and what they learn. Our trained instructors work with learners in a small group to help them find the best way to learn. We will give you an assessment to see what you already know and work with you to develop a learning plan, create lesson plans and learning activities to suit your interests and goals.


Some of our Literacy and Basic Skills learners are upgrading their skills to:


  • Prepare for the G1 Drivers’ Test

  • Improve their writing skills

  • Improve their reading skills

  • Prepare for the Mature Entrance English Assessment

Basic Computer Training

Most activities these days require computer skills. Some of the activities that require computer skills include applying for government services, paying your bills, registering for recreational or community programs, applying for jobs and completing job training. This course/training will help you develop the basic computer skills that you will need to do these tasks.

Even if you have never touched a computer before, learn the basics of:

  • Computer Hardware: Mouse, keyboard, CPU

  • Internet Basics

  • Creating and logging in to user account

  • Creating, sending and receiving Email

  • Conducting a basic online search

  • Creating and saving documents

  • Uploading and downloading documents

Basic Food Safety and Workplace Communication

Basic Food Safety & Workplace Communication

The Food Services and Food Retail sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in Canada and the industry is facing a serious shortfall in their workforce. In Toronto, the Hospitality & Tourism industry (made up of accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation & entertainment, transportation and travel services) continues to grow and the need for employees is increasing. The diverse nature of the jobs available makes the industry the perfect match for anyone just entering the job market, newcomers to the country, or experienced workers looking for a new challenge in an industry that often recognizes and utilizes skills gained from other career paths.

Who needs a Food Handler's Certificate?

If you wish to work in any of the following jobs your employer may ask for a Food Handler’s Certificate:

  • dietary aide

  • food service operation eg. restaurant

  • food retail operation eg. grocery store

  • day care

  • seniors home

  • group home

  • lunchroom supervisor

  • personal support worker

This training will prepare you to write the examination for the Food Handlers’ Certificate.

In this training you will learn about:

  • Ensuring proper personal hygiene

  • Cleaning and sanitizing

  • Purchasing receiving and storing food

  • Keeping food at the right temperature

  • Preparing, cooking and serving food

  • Food allergies management and control

  • Communication in the food retail and food services industry

Northstar Computer Training and Certification

All post-secondary training requires students to use computer skills as a part of their training. Also, many jobs are posted online and require job seekers to apply by email, or online submission. Dixon Hall Literacy & Basic Skills is offering computer training and certification in partnership with Northstar Digital Literacy, to help learners master the required skills for these tasks and other everyday computer use.

This training will cover:

  • Basic Computer Skills

  • Internet Basics

  • Windows 10

  • Emailing

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Creative Writing

Do you have a story to tell? We want to hear from you!

Dixon Hall's creative writing workshop encourages and supports your personal expression. Our workshop is designed for individuals to give voice to their thoughts and ideas. We encourage participants to write with others in an atmosphere of dignity and respect and to discover the value of their own stories. All participants are encouraged to give and receive feedback in a non-judgmental space. If you would like your writing to remain private or do not wish to give feedback, you are free to pass, on sharing what you write.

Explore your creative talent! No experience necessary!