ERIC Number: ED286002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Tutoring Older Adults in Literacy Programs. Literacy Education for the Elderly Project.
Jacobs, Bella; Ventura-Merkel, Catherine
This booklet is designed to sensitize volunteer literacy tutors to the special needs and interests of illiterate older learners. It also gives useful tips for creating successful and self-rewarding learning experiences. The first section on the world of older adults with literacy problems describes some of the characteristics of this group. In the next section, reasons for participation and nonparticipation in a literacy program are discussed. Success tips for tutors are provided. These include gaining the students' trust, making learning goal-oriented, adapting one's teaching style, keeping motivation high, meeting students' needs, evaluating personal goals regularly, relying on peer supports, selecting appropriate teaching materials, using learning contracts, and being alert to learning problems. A chart summarizes techniques that can make tutoring a success; learning needs of older adults are correlated with ways in which tutors can help meet these needs. The final section addresses developing self-sufficiency. Topics include building confidence, broadening horizons, and expanding skills. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Older Adults, Tutoring, Volunteers
National Council on the Aging, Inc., Publications Department, P.O. Box 7227, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044 (Order No. 130-ER--$4.95 plus $1.50 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mars Foundation, McLean, VA.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see CE 048 277-278.