Guysborough County Adult Learning Association
GALA offers adults with an opportunity to improve their 9 Essential Skills and to work toward the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) diploma. We support those who wish to study for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or anyone who wants to improve academic skills for personal reasons.
More information at NSSAL
GALA follows the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning curriculum provided by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to deliver Levels 1, 2 and 3 programs throughout Guysborough County.
The 9 Essential Skills
The Government of Canada has identified nine essential skills needed for the workplace. These skills are used in every job to varying degrees and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.
More Information from Life Literacy Canada
- Reading - The ability to understand reading materials in the form of sentences or paragraphs. We use this skill to scan for information, skim overall meaning, evaluate what we read and integrate information from multiple sources.
- Document use - The ability to perform tasks that involve a variety of information displays in which words, numbers, symbols and other visual characteristics are given meaning by their spatial relationship. We use this skill when we read and interpret signs, labels, lists, graphs and charts.
- Numeracy - The ability to use numbers and think in quantitative terms. We use this skill when doing numerical estimating, money math, scheduling or budgeting math and analyzing measurements or data.
- Writing - The ability to write text and documents; it also includes non paper-based writing such as typing on a computer. We use this skill when we organize, record, document, provide information to persuade, request information from others and justify a request.
- Oral communication - The ability to use speech to give and exchange thoughts and information. We use this skill to greet people, take messages, reassure, persuade, seek information and resolve conflicts.
- Working with others - The ability to work with other workers to carry out tasks. We use this skill when we work as a member of a team or jointly with a partner, and when we engage in supervisory or leadership activities
- Thinking - The ability to engage in the process of evaluating ideas or information to reach a rational decision. We use this skill when we solve problems, make decisions, think critically and plan and organize job tasks.
- Computer use - The ability to use different kinds of computer applications and other related technical tools. We use this skill when we operate cash registers, use word processing software, send emails and create and modify spreadsheets.
- Continuous learning - The ability to participate in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge. We use this skill when we learn as part of regular work or from co-workers and when we access training in the workplace or off-site.
Assessment Tools Used
- Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT)
- Communications and Math Employment Readiness Assessment (CAMERA)
- Canadian Adult Reading Assessment (CARA)
- Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) Math Assessment
- GED pre-tests
- GALA Technology Skills Assessment & others deemed appropriate