Authors

Marcia Anderson is recognized as an effective, versatile and creative adult educator in the Ottawa area. She has over thirty years experience in the education field specializing in effective communication and basic literacy skills. After completing formal studies in linguistics and education at Bethel College, Lakehead University and Trent University, Marcia taught in northern Ontario and then Canadaís Arctic for many years. She became associated with Yukon College Literacy Program in Whitehorse as a training master in 1983. She has lived in the Ottawa area for many years and has been active in literacy work. She worked for the Ottawa Board of Education in its ABE programs and now is a Professor of Communications in the Career and College Preparation Department of Algonquin College. As well, she has taught Instructional Techniques for Teachers of Adults and is involved in delivering Literacy Practitioner Training. Marcia has presented workshops at a variety of educational conferences including several on the use of technology with literacy students and assessment. She has also delivered Effective Communications workshops for the Department of National Defence, Supply and Service and the YMCA. Marcia has worked on developing literacy material for the Ministry of Education/Ontario Basic Skills, the Ottawa Board of Education, the Ontario Literacy Coalition and Algonquin College.

Christine Futter received her honours BA in English Language and Literature from the University of London, England, and has an MA and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa. The subject of her dissertation was spelling problems in children who are reading at or above grade level.  During post-doctoral work at the Montreal Neurological Institute, she continued her investigation into written language difficulties working this time with adults who had suffered brain damage as a result of a stroke or accident. Christine has presented papers at meetings of the International Neurological Society, the Aphasia Society of America, Babble, and the Summer Institute of Linguistics. She has also given workshops on written language problems to communication disorders workers. She has worked in a number of the Ottawa Board of Educationís literacy programs working with students at all levels from absolute beginners to the pre-high school level. Christine is currently involved in Literacy Practitioner Training at Algonquin College.