ERIC Number: ED306410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Making Reading "Easier."
This article suggests the following ways of making material easier for adults to read: using layout and print size to make meaning clear; making audio recordings and simplified versions of printed matter; and increasing the relevance of the content to the reader. Intended for teachers of adults in reading programs, the study also contains a readability formula and instructions on its use; a list of reasons why teachers should use such formulas; tips for re-writing materials; advice on using a checklist to reveal the reading skills required by a text; and steps students can take to track their reading progress. Among the techniques involving layout are the following: write only one thought on each line; justify only the left margin; end lines in sensible places; space material well; use clear print; and use headings. The tips for re-writing material include the following: be clear about the purpose; pick out the main points; make the material seem friendly; involve the readers if you can; write as if you are talking; add a diagram if it helps; and keep the left-hand margin straight. (CML)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)