Dear Mr. Talbot, 8 September 2008
As you know, our office has recently undertaken some research on
literacy and "advanced literacy" and the different components that
comprise it. The results of our research have given us a broader
understanding of the different stages of literacy. In keeping
with this expanded understanding of literacy, our office would like
to recommend that two new training courses, "Advanced Literacy" and
"Intercultural Literacy" be made available to staff.
Our research has shown that an advanced stage of literacy is
marked by more than the ability to read, write and speak the
standard form of a given language. At an advanced stage of literacy,
one has an awareness of the many regional dialect forms a given
language can include. One also understands what the different
pronunciation, grammatical, and idiomatic forms of each may indicate
about the history and values of the speakers of different dialects.
Since our office considers it of great importance for staff of an
international organization to understand language as an expression
of history and values of communities, we strongly recommend that
courses in "Advanced Literacy" and "Intercultural Literacy" be made
available to staff at all levels.
Like many experts in the study of language and culture, Dr.
Miriam Eisenstein-Ebsworth, Director of Ph.D. Programs in
Multi-lingual, Multicultural Studies at New York University, views
awareness of the variations in accent, idiom and structure in a
given language as an indicator of an advanced, sophisticated stage
of literacy in it. The more an individual develops knowledge of a
given language, the more he or she undertands its role as an
expression of culture.
As stated earlier, as it is of the utmost importance for
staff of an international organization to have an understanding of
the different cultures that comprise it and to gain an advanced form
of literacy, our office recommends that courses in "Advanced
Literacy" and "Intercultural Literacy" be made available and that
staff at all levels be encouraged to participate in them.
For all of the above reasons, based on our latest research, our
office thanks you for considering our request and hopes that
favourable action can be taken on it. Should you need any
further clarification or information, please do not hesitate to
contact us. We look forward to your reply.
Coordinator of New Training Programmes
Mr. John Talbot
Director, Literacy Research Project