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Use quality resources in the adult literacy classroom, pt. 1

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There is an abundance of resources available in the adult literacy field. Sometimes, regardless of the adult literacy program, the instructors or tutors, and the learners’ English-proficiency levels, having access to so much information can be overwhelming. Therefore, paring down to a few quality resources is necessary and practical.

So, what is a quality resource? The short answer is any material (e.g., blog, book, game, image, periodical, or video) that aids the educator in explaining an English-language lesson and the learner in understanding the lesson. In other words, the resource’s value—quality—depends largely on the ease of using it to teach a lesson clearly and effectively with repeated successful results (i.e., students learn).

Most programs have a list of mandatory resources that their teaching or tutoring staff use to impart the required knowledge. However, in addition to the assigned program resources, word of mouth is an effective way for educators to share resources that have worked well for them. Lists of quality resources can be found in the adult literacy programs at libraries and colleges or universities, and in professional development workshops.

Read Part 2 of this article.

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