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Essential Skill 1:  Reading Text  

Reading sentences or paragraphs. For example: notes, letters, emails, magazines, manuals, regulations, books, reports, product labels, legal agreements. Includes words on paper and words on a screen.

Essential Skill 2:  Document Use

Understanding visual images such as graphs, lists, tables, drawings, symbols, signs, maps, labels, forms, x-rays. The visual display or arrangement gives meaning to the content.

Essential Skill 3:  Numeracy  

Using numbers and being able to think in terms of “amounts”. For example: Money math, Scheduling or budgeting/accounting, Measurement/calculation, Data analysis, and Estimation may require solving problems by using numbers.

Essential Skill 4:  Writing   

Writing words to share ideas. For example: Writing notes, emails, letters, reports, orders, logbook entries, text messages. Includes “pen and paper” writing and keyboarding.

Essential Skill 5:  Oral Communication

Speaking and listening to share thoughts or information. For example: greeting, telling stories, giving advice, sharing ideas, facilitating, coordinating tasks, explaining, discussing. Can be face-to-face, or using technology.

Essential Skill 6:  Working With Others

Interacting with family, friends, community members, students and co-workers to accomplish tasks together.

Essential Skill 7:  Thinking Skills

Using your brain to: Solve problems, Make decisions, Think critically, Plan and organize tasks, Remember and Find information


Essential Skill 8:  Digital Technology

Using technology. For example: computers, cell phones, GPs, digital cameras, iPods, and MP3s, gaming devices, computerized cash registers, Blackberries, iPhones. Includes using the Internet and email.

Essential Skill 9:  Continuous Learning

Gaining skills and knowledge throughout life. Includes: Learning how to learn, Understanding your learning style, Knowing how to find resources and learning opportunities.


We are  the developers of the nationally renowned ESI (Essential Skills Investigation) DVD media tools.

Essential Skills Investigation


Available in French and English, ESI I (DVD) is recognized nationally as an innovative tool in providing awareness about Essential Skills. You will join the Essential Skills Investigation Agents as they use the nine Essential skills to explore the cause of death in this contemporary story.

ESI I DVD is now available with captioning for those who are “hard of hearing”.

$14.00 each





Available in English and French, ESI II (DVD) continues to explore Essential Skills in yet another exciting story. You will rejoin the Essential Skills Investigation Agents as they prove that investigating the Essential Skills of the crime will lead to solving this new mystery. This DVD’s focus is Continuous Learning.

$14.00 each




ESI II-Facilitator Guide ESI II Facilitator Guide

Package includes: Facilitator Guide, Participant Workbook and ESI Activity Cards.
The Facilitator Guide package is useful to anyone wanting to use the DVD as a tool for facilitation with the theme of Essential Skills.

$55.00 each Package






Available in English, is the third sequel in the ESI DVD series. In this version ESI Agents solve a workplace accident by using their “Thinking” skills and “Working With Others” skills and show us that Essential Skills can assist us in adapting to change.

$14.00 each

ESI III Facilitator Guide Package

Includes: Facilitator Guide, Participant Workbook and ESI Thinking Cards. The Faciliator Guide Package is useful to anyone wanting to use the ESI III DVD as a tool for facilitation with the theme of Essential Skills.

$55.00 each Package