Definition of literacy
: the quality or state of being literate a program to promote adult literacy
Examples of literacy in a Sentence
The program is intended to promote adult literacy among people who have had very little schooling.
Their goal is to achieve basic literacy.
Recent Examples of literacy from the Web
The organization recently added a literacy element to the program, and has had the Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut Science Center come as guests.
These were people living in what my linguist’s training reveals as a life bound in orality rather than literacy.
Dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs.
The event, which often sells out, is a fundraiser for Words Alive, a nonprofit literacy organization that assists low-income, at-risk children, teens and families.
Bible literacy: House Bill 128 establishes regulations for public high schools that are interested in offering elective classes on the Bible and Hebrew scriptures.
The teacher also makes decisions about how to integrate more formal early literacy and math skills into the play — for instance, by helping a child dictate stories about his painting and pointing out some of the key words and letters involved, etc.
The younger sister of James Otis, Boston’s leading advocate for colonists’ rights in the 1760s, Mercy was a bookish girl in a time when many girls never obtained basic literacy.
Her program was to offer literacy training, high-school diplomas, postsecondary classes, and more options for prisoners with learning disabilities.
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First Known Use of literacy
LITERACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of literacy for English Language Learners
: the ability to read and write
: knowledge that relates to a specified subject
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