ERIC Number: ED326693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-9
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Objectives and Content of a Course for Professional and Volunteer Teachers of Adults.
An adult literacy course at Harvard University's Extension School trains professionals and volunteers who teach reading to adults. This 1-semester course consists of weekly lectures and workshops along with a supervised practicum. Students need not be accepted into a degree program to enroll. Clients are self-referrals who pay no fees. Students are provided with an effective strategy to use when teaching an adult to read. Each student applies this strategy while working directly with an adult client in closely supervised tutoring sessions. The strategy consists of a cycle that includes assessing an adult's reading abilities, using this assessment to develop a profile of the adult's strengths and needs, using the profile to develop an effective instructional plan, and using instruction to gain additional information as part of assessment. Each aspect of the teaching process is guided by knowledge of the reading process (components) and what is known about the way in which reading develops (levels). Students first participate in workshops and lectures during which they are introduced to the concepts and strategies. Once tutoring begins, the course consists of one lecture or workshop along with two tutoring sessions each week. (15 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Reading Association (Atlanta, GA, May 9, 1990).