We’ve always encouraged our learners to tell us what they feel…in their (own) words.

In 1982, Nashville Adult Literacy Council (NALC) officially opened its doors to begin teaching adults throughout Davidson County (Tennessee) how to read.  As relationships were forged between ‘learner and teacher’, our NALC literary tutors discovered that the personal stories the learners had once locked inside but now shared with them, were, in actuality, fascinating benchmarks … Continue reading

Our learners tell us what’s important to them…”In (Their) Words”

In 1982, Nashville Adult Literacy Council (NALC) officially opened its doors to begin teaching adults throughout Davidson County how to read. As relationships were forged between learner and teacher, our literary tutors discovered that the personal stories the students had once locked inside but now shared with them were, in actuality, fascinating benchmarks in individual … Continue reading

The Four C’s of Effective Instruction

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you are making a difference in the growth of your learner’s skills. Are you helping? We have all had feelings of uncertainty. Reading Horizons has provided a simple self-check that we can use to ensure that we are effective in our instruction. Clear instruction and processes Consistent … Continue reading

See the World in My Eyes

by V.S., Literacy Learner See the world in my eyes. I can’t read and write well. There are a lot of things you can’t do because you are scared you will get lost. You can’t read street signs. Going out of town is so scary. To not get lost, you hope someone will drive you … Continue reading

Learner-Tutor Relationships and the Importance of Listening

by Emily Davidson Nemoy, Literacy Tutor When you listen to someone completely, you hear the whole of what he or she is saying. Not just the words—but also the feelings and thoughts behind them. You are trying to understand the other person, even if you don’t agree with him or her. I began tutoring with … Continue reading

Four-Part NPR Series on Adult Education

In 2013, NPR published a four-part series on a variety of topics relating to adult education. In this series, they cover Americans who struggle with basic literacy, immigrants who are learning English, the importance of adult education in the workplace, and the financial and social costs of low literacy skills. This series was a part of American Graduate: … Continue reading

Reading Reminder: YouTube Edition

YouTube can be a great resource, but sometimes it’s difficult to know what to look for.  Here are our favorite phonics lessons on YouTube.  These videos could easily be integrated into a lesson with a learner, or simply used as preparation for a tutoring session. Mr. Thorne Does Phonics Mr. Thorne Does Phonics teaches comprehensive phonics in … Continue reading

5 Financial Literacy Worksheets for Adults

April is Financial Literacy Month!  Here are our top 5 free resources about paying bills, budgeting, goal setting, and other financial skills that your learner may need help developing.  The following worksheets can be downloaded for free. 1.  Time to Pay Rent 2.  What’s Eating Your Paycheck 3.  Really Simple Budget 4.  Tracking Your Expenses … Continue reading

The First Day: Getting to Know Your Student’s Goals and Building a Lesson Plan

By Alex Howard, ELL Tutor Earlier this week, I had the chance to meet my new student, and I began thinking about how important that first session is. Here are a few notes and ideas about what to do on the first day. Preparation Take some time to organize your aims for your first meeting. … Continue reading

Reading Reminder: Vowel Sounds

There are 18 vowel sounds in the English language.  The five main vowels are A, E, I, O, and U.  Sometimes W and Y also act as vowels.  Vowel sounds can be put into the following categories: 5 Long Vowels:  Long vowels are when the sound is the same as the letter name – faith, dream, … Continue reading

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