LINCS Resources for Teaching Adults to Read

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LINCS offers a variety of free resources for teachers, tutors, and program administrators who are interested in learning more about teaching adults to read.  These resources include in-person trainings, an online series of courses, and research-based reports. The series is based on a three-day workshop on the four components of reading, developed by three experts in the field of adult basic education and literacy: Dr. John R. Kruidenier, Susan McShane, and Dr. Rosalind Davidson.

Online Courses: A free series of five online, self-paced LINCS courses are available for adult educators who would like to learn more about teaching the components of reading.

  • Teaching Adults to Read: Alphabetics
  • Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency
  • Teaching Adults to Read: Vocabulary
  • Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension
  • Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles

These courses will provide users with background information, informative readings and resources, hands-on activities, and multi-media examples of recommended assessment and instructional strategies. Participants will explore the components of reading and research-based strategies for assessing and teaching both native and non-native English-speaking adults how to read. The courses include video and audio recordings of adults engaged in learning strategies, as well as downloadable PDF texts for reference. Each self-paced course can be completed in 2-4 hours. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of each course. To register for the courses, please visit

In-Person Trainings: A series of research-based, in-person trainings on teaching adults to read is offered by the LINCS Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs). For more information on scheduled events and trainings, please visit: .

Online Resources for Tutors: Tutor Ready Learning Plans are self-access, online learning materials created for tutors who work with adults learning to read. Based on research findings drawn from the research-based LINCS' Teaching Adults to Read online courses and workshops, learning materials are organized into learning plans based on questions that tutors ask in the areas of Phonemic Awareness, Decoding, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. Each learning plan includes brief background information and suggested tutoring strategies, many of which include video demonstrations. Tutor Ready learning plans are designed so that tutors can work at their own pace and access the learning plans from anywhere, at any time and in any order. Tutor Ready can be used for tutor training, as well as by individual tutors for professional development. Access Tutor Ready at

Evidence base: These resources are based upon research conducted on the components of reading for adults including the following:
Adult Reading Components (2003)
Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults (2005)
Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP)
Teaching Adult to Read (2005)