ERIC Number: ED362780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Experiential Whole-Language Inservice Workshop for Adult Literacy Tutors and Learners. Final Report. Fiscal Year 1990-1991. Project Number: 99-1001.
A workshop for adult literacy tutors and learners was developed on the basis of the findings of a telephone survey of 45 tutors and presented to a total of 51 tutors and 48 students. The workshop, which was based on an experiential whole-language approach, was structured in a series of three 2-hour sessions. During the first session, tutors and students focused on selecting reading materials and exploring and trying out various ways of reading together. Session 2 covered establishing writing topics, understanding the language experience approach, and dealing with barriers such as spelling. In the third session, staff members elicited participants' current word identification strategies, taught new word identification strategies through opportunistic instruction based on reading whole texts, helped identify and plan for work toward using real-life materials to reach student goals, and helped students and tutors create and use portfolios of student-selected work as an ongoing method of evaluating progress. Interviews of workshop participants conducted 1 month after the sessions and a comparative analysis of randomly selected tutor-learner pairs who had and had not participated in the workshops established that workshop participation resulted in more hours of tutor-student interaction. (Appended are workshop session agendas and a literacy goals checklist.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Literacy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.