9. Summary

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.

32 comments:

Queen Of My Castle said...

I feel honored to be the first to post in this section. I came from a family where illiteracy was common, however these family members raised children who have far surpassed their parents reading skills and education. Every person has a story! Some have the ability to write it down!

J.D. said...

After reading the "definition" of adult literacy, it occurs to me that as an example, a retired person with a very good pension, but computer challenged, could qualify as an adult learner in the volunteer tutoring program. If true, how does the County differentiate between a case like this and 7,000 people trying to get an equivalent high school diploma?

Kellydog said...

This has been a good and concise explanation of the many variables a tutor will encounter while working with an adult learner. it will be important to remember to try different approaches to tailor the information to each individual.

lillian said...

By the definition of literacy, I gruess we can all use som hlp in some areas at some point.

Pat said...

Good assignment

Ms. Ovette said...

This is all useful information

Dixie Lee said...

It was suggested that we only work through Unit 1; however, I feel compelled to start working on Unit 2 in order to get a head start before a Learner is assigned to me. I want to make sure that I am as prepared as I can possibly be so that the Learner is offered the best possible opportunity; thereby, keeping us both motivated.

Mardet said...

Hurray--this section was great and I have a feeling the next section will be even more useful.

Marian said...

I found myself needing to take some hand written notes, very interesting realizing what I was learning had already been illustrated.

FrankF said...

I found this mainly common sense but to recall it all and apply it appropriately will take me some practice. I will have to go over it a few times to master it.

neg said...

Aren't we all adult learners in something?

Linda said...

Adult learners lean toward certain learning preferences and tutors lean toward certain teaching preferences.

This is where the rubber meets the road as to how successful the tutor/learner interaction will be. A tutor needs to realize that it's really not about "their" learning style, but the learner's learning style.

Danielle said...

Literacy is everywhere, and this section showed me how we are are seeking to become better and more literate. Thanks for this!!

SNelson said...

Because of the different learning styles, I look forward to the many things I will learn along the way.

RR said...

Wow - this has been a great help towards my understanding of adult literacy. I am sure that I still have much to learn.

Megan N said...

I feel like this section flew by! I feel like I know so much more about adult literacy. I am so excited to tutor!

Kenneth Zen Bodhi said...

Completed.

MuddyPaws said...

This section provided a good overview of teaching using authentic resources and being aware of cultural differences.
The Student Bill of Rights reminds tutors of their responsibilities.

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Kim Gerlach said...

This is so interesting. I can tell that not only the student but the tutor has much to learn, in a great way for both.

JavierFlores said...

This was a great explanation of what is adult literacy.

Steven Thibodeau said...

Learning Styles is currently under professional challenges of not being resrarch-based and some critics claim they do not exist at all!

Lyssa W said...

Happily looking forward - as I hope the students will be also.

Michelle Walker said...

Completed 09/17/2014.

JonS said...

Done.

Susan P. said...

This was a great introduction for me. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the rest of the sessions.

Wallace West said...

Everyone one is different and as a tutor you need to learn about the person you are helping. They may not know themselves but with information like this you may help them, help you make a more positive impact in their learning experience.

Regina Cook said...

Completed 6/8/16.

Pamela Lee said...

Completed 6/30/16.

Tonto Pike said...

I see a real opportunity here to learn how to make a personal contribution to the attack on adult illiteracy and then to become part of a service solution in a worthy cause.

To capture and build on an adult learner's desire to first seek help and then work on a collaborative solution is a motivational challenge for both parties.

Looking forward to taking this a stage further.

Stacy Bullock said...

I'm excited to have reached the Summary section of the first section within Unit 1. I feel accomplished already! ;)

Sherry Unruh said...

I hope that I have the skills to help others. I truly believe that if you can read you can do anything. I want to give others the chance to reach their potential.