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2016/17 Adult Basic Education – Essential Skills

About the Program

ABE Essential Skills is a 28-week program that incorporates Inuit Societal Values, focuses on IALLS literacy level 2, and includes 90 hours of workplace experience.

The program provides adults with the opportunity to develop essential skills needed for entry level or semi-skilled employment in Nunavut. The course curriculum and objectives are aligned with the assessments, focusing on the reading, writing, document use and numeracy skills that learners use at work, as well as in community and family life.

The program is grounded in Inuit Societal Values, particularly the practice of Inuruqsainiq (creating an able human being). Students learn from elder instructors by discussing and developing Inuit traditional life skills and values. They explore the broad idea of work, with consideration for impacts on Inuit culture, language, community values, and practices.

Participants also explore key events of Nunavut’s past and present, focusing on their responses to change.

The Inuit language is taught through an integrated teaching and assessment approach, focusing on oral and written language development in a cultural context.

The course culminates with students initiating and implementing a community-based learning project that expresses Inuit values and integrates the skills they have developed.

Length of Program

2 semesters; full time


Nunatta Campus; various Community Learning Centres

Admission Requirements

Adults with significant learning and work experience may be eligible for credits toward this program through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment process. Adults should be assessed for ABE 120 placement for entry into this program.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by May 16, 2016.

Entrance is usually based upon completion of the NAC placement assessments.

This program is intended for the ABE mid-120 level and develops literacy and numeracy skills up to the low ABE 130 level. No other documents or certification is required for entry into this program.

Do you need financial assistance? You may be eligible for the Adult Learning and Training Support (ALTS) program. The deadline for ALTS applications is July 15.

For more information on how to apply, visit your local campus or Community Learning Centre. You can also e-mail the Registrar's Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone toll-free: at 1-866-979-7222.

Record of Achievement

Adult Basic Education – Essential Skills Record of Achievement, Nunavut Arctic College

Credit Transfer Opportunities

Not applicable

Employment Opportunities

This program provides skills development toward possible entry-level employment in Nunavut. The task-based courses make use of actual documents found in workplaces and throughout the communities. Completion of this program will better position graduates to find employment as entry-level office assistants, or other entry-level positions that require skills in level 2/3 document use and level 2/3 numeracy.

Course Outline

Click here to download course outline for this program (PDF).

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