Adult literacy learners are not so very different from adult literacy tutors. Both lead busy, responsible lives. Their motivation to attend tutoring sessions can be influenced by life's pressures and their insecurities about learning or teaching. Adult learners lean toward certain learning preferences and tutors lean toward certain teaching preferences. Their ability to learn or teach is affected by their physical and emotional well being.
This discussion on the adult learner has set the stage for the next unit in this workshop, "Teaching Reading to Adults." We will now guide you through the various stages of teaching reading to adults whose literacy skills are uneven and whose confidence in their ability to learn is uncertain at best.