Edmonton Literacy Programs

Connect Society’s Literacy Program offers adult and family literacy programs to individuals who are Deaf or have a child with a hearing loss

Adult Literacy Programs

Adult Literacy programs support adult learners to gain foundational skills and improve their literacy skills.  All Adult literacy groups are offered at a low cost to the adults participating thanks to our funding from Advanced Education.


In this Deaf Adult literacy program we will go through Soft skills which are ways of acting or thinking that make it easier to work well with other people. Sometimes they’re called “people skills. “This program will help you build your soft skills, which include: • motivation • attitude • accountability • presentation • teamwork • time management • adaptability • stress management • confidence.

In today’s job market employers are looking for people with strong soft skills!

Basic food safety – This is offered with curriculum from Alberta Health Services. We will go over topics such as sanitization, food preparation/storage, and proper dishwashing technics. When successful in getting 80% on a 30 question test you can receive a certificate that you can add to your resume. We will alternate between Soft skills and Food safety.

Is this program of interest to you? Please contact Marilyn Calkins for more info


What is Connect Home Cooks all about?

– Learning how to order groceries online

– Cooking with other Deaf learners

– Meal planning with low-cost freezer meals

– Having fun with cooking!


Are you interested in this program? Contact Marilyn Calkins for more info!



This class will help you with all the information needed to write your Class 7 Learner’s Licence exam

  • Taught in ASL
  • Access to Clear Language Guide book and flashcards
  • Interactive fun lessons
  • Access to tutoring sessions
  • Assistance booking interpreter for test

Is this program of interest to you? contact Marilyn Calkins for more information: mcalkins@connectsociety.org


ASL LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) Program

Connect Society is partnering with NorQuest to offer the ASL LINC program for Deaf immigrants. The ASL LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) will focus on the students’ goals with an employment focus. It will also include tutoring from an experienced Deaf instructor. The program will run for three semesters of 11 weeks.

Fall semester: September 26 – December 9

Classes will be on-site at Connect Society Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm and Fridays from 9:30 am – 12:30pm

Is this program of interest to you? contact Marilyn Calkins for more information: mcalkins@connectsociety.org


Canada PAH! Class

This class focuses on all the things you need to learn for living in Canada. Join us as we cover topics like taxes, travel, starting a business, and working.



Deaf Ukrainian New Comers Class

This class is for Deaf Ukrainians who are learning ASL and English. We focus on topics of interest and settlement related information.


Contacting the Program

Marilyn Calkins

Marilyn Calkins

Literacy Coordinator


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