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ERIC Number: EJ877228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Determining Readability: How to Select and Apply Easy-to-Use Readability Formulas to Assess the Difficulty of Adult Literacy Materials
Burke, Victoria; Greenberg, Daphne
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v4 n1 p34-42 Spr 2010
There are many readability tools that instructors can use to help adult learners select reading materials. We describe and compare different types of readability tools: formulas calculated by hand, tools found on the Web, tools embedded in a word processing program, and readability tools found in a commercial software program. Practitioners do not need expensive software or extensive training to determine reading levels of materials. We include instructions for using the Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid, SMOG, Dale-Chall, Spache, FORCAST, Fry, and RIX readability formulas. (Contains 4 tables.)
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A