Monday, August 29, 2011

California Distance Learning Project

One excellent source of adult-interest passages is the California Distance Learning Project . Stories are grouped by topic area and are taken from news stories. Many are shown in two levels. The "basic story" level seems to be around a GLE 5-6. The "full story" are somewhat higher, often at a high school level. Students can hear the stories read aloud and do a number of activities online.
Laurie Martin
Professional Development Specialist
Adult Learning Resource Center
Arlington Heights,

Some links to learning to read

Never 2 late 2 read
Phono Graphix Bare Bones of Reading... McGuinness

Reading Reflex

ABeCeDarian Phonemic and decoding skills are taught together (If this link does not work try

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Reading Research Compendium

This compendium has research based findings about teaching reading to adults,

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I pray that you are all doing great. I would also like to suggest materials from New Readers Press (800-448-8878). I have used the following materials successfully with our students in the Literacy & Lifelong Learning Program.
The Laubach Way to Reading Series of 4 books is a phonics-based reading and writing program with a multisensory approach to instruction. It has a structured format(print and non-print) in student books, teacher's manuals, correlated readers, and wide variety of supplemental materials.
Voyager: Reading and Writing for Today's Adults (reading level 0-8) integrates reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking skills in each lesson. Including the Foundations book, there are 9 books in the series as well as workbooks and teacher's resource guides.
The Challenger Series (reading level 1-8) offers a sequential approach teaching phonics, word patters, word analysis, vocabulary, fluency, reading comprehension, literary understanding, writing and reasoning. In addition to the basic student books, The Writing for Challenger workbooks cover grammar, sentence structure and essay writing.

In Literacy, Pam

Another, Reading Mastery SRA

Language Experience stories work well with emerging adult readers. There are some (very low level) adult appropriate materials from the website .
Longmann, a division of Pearson Education, has an ESOL book that?s terrific for low level ABE-Basic Reading Power. New Readers Press has a series entitled Reading for Today that begins with phoneme awareness.? The stories are written for adults. New Readers has lots of good materials for emerging readers. They?ve just introduced a new series that you could check out on their website.

> Hi Lauren - I think the first thing your colleague needs to do is to
> ground herself thoroughly in the characteristics of adult learners,
> especially in how they differ from children. She won't appreciate how
> to help her adult-low literacy students until she understands how
> adults learn and what motivates them to do so - then her training and
> experience from K-12 will make a lot more sense. When I made to jump
> to adult ed, that was what I found most helpful. I think EFF is a
> great place to start:

LD resources websites for reading

Andrea, There are several good computer programs. I like Lexia's "Strategies for Older Students (S.O.S.)".

Reading Horizons Software Program is good for all ages and is probably best for the more severe dyslexic student.
(Click on "Interactive software" and then "video reviews" at the bottom)

"The Language Tune-Up Kit" is also good,

Check out this website for more resources:

I hope this helps.

Betsy Gauss

nifl discussion on dyslexia