[Assessment 1416] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas

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Ted Klein taklein at austin.rr.com
Wed Sep 10 20:04:48 EDT 2008


Stephanie,

I am disturbed by the often-used term "phonemic awareness." Can you please explain exactly what it means? I give priority in my teaching and workshops to the importance of sounds in language. Sounds are the basic medium of real language. I hear this term often. However, most teachers and many "experts," cannot define "phoneme," let alone "phonemic awareness." On the native speaker level, is a familiarity and instinctive ability to recognize and discriminate similar sounds enough? On the non-native speaker level, what does a student with "phonemic awareness" know and what are they able to do? I would be very pleased to see it spelled out. (not a pun) What about allophones? Aren't they equally important? That would constitute "phonetic awareness," which I find necessary to real listening and speaking proficiency. The word "awareness itself is rather loaded! I'm aware of "physics," but truly don't know anything about it and can't use it.

Respectfully, Ted

www.tedklein-ESL.com



----- Original Message -----
From: Stephanie Korber
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 3:36 PM
Subject: [Assessment 1414] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas


Some folks have expressed an interest in our materials list. I am attaching it for all to view (hopefully this works). I apologize for the delayed response. Been a bit under the weather. Please note that our materials list is intended for YOUNG adults 16-21 and it has not been updated in a while, but it's a start.



Thanks,

Stephanie



Stephanie Korber

Director of Youth Education

Center for Literacy, Inc.

636 S. 48th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19143

215 474 1235 ext. 270 & 219

korber at centerforliteracy.org

-----Original Message-----
From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Adrienne Davis
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 10:35 AM
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Subject: [Assessment 1406] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas



Hi Stephanie,

I, for one, would be interested in your list of materials for low literacy adults. I'm especially interested in low readability, high interest materials for an adult population, such as the 30 - 50 year old set.

Many thanks for offering,

Adrienne Davis
Intake Assessment Specialist
Project Literacy, Howard County Library
410-313-7900

Building Life Skills Through Literacy. Educate. Enhance. Empower.

----- Original Message -----

From: Stephanie Korber <korber at centerforliteracy.org>

To: The Assessment Discussion List <assessment at nifl.gov>

Cc:

Date: Monday, September 8 2008 01:03 PM

Subject: [Assessment 1390] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas

Good Morning! We run multiple similar programs for the same age group with the same literacy levels here in Philadelphia. We find that assessment of reading skills below a sixth grade level is extremely important in order to provide instruction based on the needs of the individual, as some will need intensive instruction in the foundational reading skills that might not be accurately assessed using the TABE (though we use the TABE for placement and grade level gain increase). For diagnostic purposes we use the Woodcock Johnson Diagnostic Reading Battery. It is a time intensive test (one-on-one administration taking just under 2 hours per student) and you must have the appropriate qualifications to order and administer it, but we?ve found that it provides our instructors with invaluable information about the specific needs of each learner including their silent reading comprehension vs. oral reading comprehension, ability to decode, rate of fluency, reading vocabulary vs. oral vocabulary, etc. It takes about the same time to administer as a qualitative reading inventory (QRI).



Our teachers use a broad range of materials and strategies for instruction. In all fairness, I must tell you that we hire certified reading specialists to work with this population. They have been trained to address the needs of this target population so they come with a repertoire of strategies and ideas for materials. I can send you a list of things we commonly use if you?ll send me your email address. They include the Bluford series of young adult fiction (low readability, high interest), Wild Side Series, News for You (New Readers Press), and more. Also, I teach an online course through ProLiteracy Worldwide that addressing strategies and materials for young adults. The next offering will be in October, if you are interested.



Best,

Stephanie



Stephanie Korber

Director of Youth Education

Center for Literacy, Inc.

636 S. 48th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19143

215 474 1235 ext. 270 & 219

korber at centerforliteracy.org

-----Original Message-----
From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of O'Connor, Susan
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 10:07 AM
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Subject: RE: [Assessment 1386] Seeking your discussion topic ideas



Good Morning:



Young Adult Literacy-we are embarking on running two classes for young adults ages 16-24 who read below a 6th grade reading level. So techniques and assessments for this special group-pre GED level.



Susan K. O'Connor

Director, Literacy Program

Brooklyn Public Library

431 6th Ave.

Brooklyn, New York 11215

(718) 832-3560 x 5 (718) 832-9032 fax (917) 848-2176 Cell





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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of Marie Cora
Sent: Mon 9/8/2008 9:49 AM
To: assessment at nifl.gov
Subject: [Assessment 1386] Seeking your discussion topic ideas

Good morning, afternoon, and evening to you all. I hope this email finds you well.



Happy International Literacy Day!!



I want to welcome new subscribers who have signed on in the past couple of months we now have a total of 715 subscribers on this List.



To start off September, I want to ask you what types of topics that you would like to see us discuss here on the Assessment List. As always, I will organize some discussions with special guests, but I would like to gather your thoughts and requests on discussion topics as well.



So please send your ideas to either the List, or to me personally, if you prefer that. I will put together a list of the requested topics and post them for everyone, and we will go from there!



Thanks so much I'm looking forward to reading what is on your minds, and I'm also looking forward to another interesting year of discussion on assessment topics in Adult Education.



Marie







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