ERIC Number: ED326713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Working with Beginners.
The reading instructor working with adult "beginners" needs to have an open mind, be willing to be imaginative and adventurous, and think positively. The basic approach requires the instructor to build beginners' confidence; encourage beginners to participate fully, think for themselves, and learn to learn; involve beginners in planning; and provide for social breaks. Since beginners have a great deal to learn, it is well worth spending time and effort on memory aids, such as a reference file; memory joggers; regular review; and building on what has been done before. Some suggestions for review include starting points or using what students already know; language experience; and using signs and notices. Supplemental reading materials that can be used with beginners include short texts from everyday reading and specially written easy readers. Teachers of beginners should consider shared reading if the student selects a too difficult text. Phonics and writing can also be used as reading aids and helps. Much individual support is needed to give beginners a good start, so volunteers should be enlisted to achieve the right balance between support and developing independence. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).
Note: ALBSU, No. 39, Autumn 1990.