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ERIC Number: ED508600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 97
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Understanding What Reading Is All About: Teaching Materials and Lessons for Adult Basic Education Learners
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
This guide offers a set of 13 lessons designed to help learners understand the components of reading that are part of becoming a more fluent reader, and to guide them as they work with the teacher to set their own goals for reading. The lessons can be used as an independent mini-course, or they can be integrated into an existing curriculum. The guide is not intended as a comprehensive reading course or curriculum; rather, it can inform teachers and students as they plan learning activities that address the goals and skill needs of learners. For example, some learners, particularly those at a beginning reading level, may benefit from a highly structured curriculum of direct reading instruction, and this guide can help point them in that direction. The guide is for teachers of adult basic education learners who read at a 0-6 reading level. Students can take the information they learn from the lessons in this guide and apply it directly to their own reading. It can also be adapted for use with ESOL learners. However, some activities are not appropriate or may need to be modified for beginning-level ESOL learners. The 13 lessons are: (1) The Demands of Reading; (2) Goals for Reading, Part 1; (3) Goals for Reading, Part 2; (4) The Components of Reading; (5) Analyzing Words; (6) Reading Words by Sight; (7) Reading with Fluency; (8) Developing Reading Vocabulary; (9) Developing Reading Comprehension; (10) Developing an Individual Reading Profile; (11) Reviewing the Individual Reading Profile; (12) Understanding Learning Disabilities; and (13) Improving Your Spelling (Optional). Appended is a Goals List. [This publication was developed with Ashley Hager, Barbara Garner, Cristine Smith, Mary Beth Bingman, Lenore Balliro, Lisa Mullins, Lou Anna Guidry, and Susan McShane. "NCSALL Teaching Materials" are funded by the Educational Research and Development Centers program, as administered by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through contract to Harvard University.]
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy