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Back to all articles Teaching literacy skills to adults Teaching reading to older learners can be a challenging experience for educators in adult basic skills programs. Teachers may find that every student in a classroom requires different material and that individuals vary greatly in ability level depending on their earlier experiences with reading instruction. Often students experience frustration and anxiety that can get in the way of learning. They may have negative associations with school or learning difficulties that have gone undiagnosed and cause them to struggle with the basics of sounding out words. However, with the right strategies in place and plenty of patience, praise and encouragement, teachers can help adult students overcome these challenges and reach their full potential. Working with adult students Motivation Many adults want to improve their literacy skills so they can get a higher paying job. Acquiring stronger literacy skills can open up new careers and often leads to promotions at work.
What the experts say Story by Story Phonics Lessosn is a set of resources that can be helpful to those preparing tutors to work with adult students who are beginning readers. There are easy to administer assessments that can help a tutor pinpoint appropriate phonics or basic work-level instruction. There are narrated short reading passages and follow up activities appropriate for adult learners that could be helpful to tutors.
The Internet has changed everything in education. Now for the first time ever in history, it is completely possible and realistic for an adult to teach himself to learn to read and spell in the privacy of his own home without an instructor. How is this possible?