[Assessment 1099] Family Literacy List Discussion Announcment

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Marie Cora marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com
Wed Jan 30 08:45:14 EST 2008



Colleagues: to subscribe to this discussion on the Family Literacy
Discussion List, go to:
http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/Familyliteracy.


Discussion Announcement

The Family Literacy Discussion List will host the following discussion
from February 4-8, 2008: Comprehension Monitoring Strategies for Adult
Readers.

Guest Moderator

Susan McShane is a Reading Initiative Specialist at the National Center
for Family Literacy. She has more than 20 years of experience in adult
education and family literacy. She has taught adult reading students in
an adult basic education reading program, a private community-based
organization, and a community college developmental reading program. In
her current position, she authored a book for adult education
instructors, Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First
Steps for Teachers, developed with funding from the National Institute
for Literacy. As project manager for the Kentucky Adult Education
Reading Pilot Project, she provided training and assistance to
facilitate adult education teachers' implementation of scientifically
based reading instruction.
Joining Susan in the discussion will be Donna Elder, a Reading
Specialist at the National Center for Family Literacy. Donna served as a
reading coach for the Kentucky Adult Education Reading Pilot Project,
assisting adult education instructors in the implementation of reading
strategies, materials and activities to improve reading instruction and
learner outcomes for participants in the project.

Discussion Questions

1. What comprehension monitoring strategies do you use with your
adult learners? Have you ever tried any of those mentioned on pages 80
-82 of Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps
for Teachers (which is available free at
http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/publications.html ). What worked, what didn't?
2. How do you as instructors introduce/make the case for
comprehension strategy instruction with adult learners who may consider
themselves to be competent readers?
3. What strategies do you, as a reader, use? How can you become
more aware of the strategies you are using automatically, so you can
teach them to others?

Suggested Reading

* Pages 80-82 (Comprehension Monitoring), Chapter 7,
"Comprehension Strategy Instruction," Applying Research in Reading
Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers.
* Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading
Instruction by John Kruidenier. The publication is available free from
http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/publications.html
* National Institute for Literacy Webcast: From Assessment to
Practice: Research-Based Approaches to Teaching Reading to Adults, Part
1: Instructional Strategies for Alphabetics and Reading Comprehension.
Both the webcast and the PowerPoint slides are available at
http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/assesspractice/webcast0928.html.
* National Institute for Literacy Webcast: From Assessment to
Practice: Research-Based Approaches to Teaching Reading to Adults Part
2: Specific Instructional Strategies for Fluency and Vocabulary. January
11, 2008. Webcast and PowerPoint slides are available at
http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/assesspractice2/webcast0111.html.
* Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP):
Research-based assessment practices for the adult education classroom
Web site at http://www.nifl.gov/readingprofiles/


Gail J. Price
Multimedia Specialist
National Center for Family Literacy
325 W. Main Street, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202
gprice at famlit.org
502 584-1133, ext. 112


Join us for the 17th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy!
"Literacy Grows Families and Communities"
March 30, 31, & April 1, 2008-Louisville, KY
Register online at www.famlit.org/conference

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