ERIC Number: ED259098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
What ABE Teachers Can Do to Help Beginning-Level Readers. NAAESC Occasional Papers, Volume 1, Number 1.
The adult basic education teacher of undereducated adults must know how to use techniques and materials that ensure success at the most basic levels. The language experience approach is one of the most effective techniques to use with these learners. Of the four language experience methods, the dictation and transcription methods are best suited for nonreader or beginning-level readers. The language experience approach is effective because it focuses on reading as a communication process and provides the learner with a good model of reading. Besides their own words, adult learners are motivated to read the materials they encounter in everyday coping tasks. Teachers need to assist the learner to "read" the material that would ordinarily be too difficult. To meet the need for interesting, easy-to-read materials for more independent readers, teachers can write or rewrite materials. Teachers can use the same principles of readable writings to guide them as they evaluate and select commercial materials. Teachers must help learners develop literal, inferential, and critical comprehension skills, especially by designing appropriate questions to accompany reading materials. Learners must also develop vocabulary skills because of their close relationship with comprehension skills. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb. Northern Area Adult Education Service Center.