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Reading & Writing

Components of Reading (TAR)

This three-day training introduces teachers to the essential components of reading: comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and alphabetics. Participants will learn about each component, including the research base for each component, how the component can be assessed, and how the component can be taught through instruction. The training uses Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers as a resource. This training can be delivered as four 3.5-hour modules comprised of RW06FF, RW07FF, RW08FF, and RG05FF.

Evidence-Based Principles and Practices for Writing Instruction

In this webinar, participants will explore and discuss the principles and practices for adult writing instruction from the National Academies publication Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Developing Reading and Writing. Participants will use these concepts to reflect on their current teaching practice.

Alphabetics (TAR)

Participants learn about alphabetics research conducted with adults and some important research with children, which supports and extends the research with adults. They practice using assessments for phonemic awareness, word recognition, and word analysis. Finally, participants develop an understanding of how structured reading programs are important to use with learners who have limited reading skills and how to plan instruction for intermediate-level readers who have “gaps” in their decoding skills.

Teaching Adult English Language Learners Who Are Emergent Readers (ELL-U)

This interactive training will prepare teachers to work effectively with English language learners who have had limited formal schooling by engaging participants in research-based, authentic teaching techniques and hands-on activities that will focus on teaching basic literacy skills (e.g., alphabetics, vocabulary, comprehension) in age-appropriate ways.

Comprehension (TAR)

This 3.5-hour training applies content from Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers to learn about and practice methods for teaching reading comprehension to their adult students.

Fluency (TAR)

The research indicates that teaching fluency may increase reading achievement. Participants look at aspects of the research and practice using tools for measuring fluency. This self-paced online course also explores the characteristics of fluent reading and practices different techniques of guided repeated oral reading, the recommended instructional strategy for improving fluency.

Study Circle: Research-based Adult Reading Instruction

Interested in learning what the research says about how to teach reading to adults? As programs and teachers struggle with choosing the most effective ways to develop adults’ reading skills, particularly relevant are questions about what research says about teaching adults how to read. Join with Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages practitioners through this face-to-face training to discuss theories and concepts related to reading instruction and consider how to apply the research in your own instruction.

Fluency (TAR)

The research indicates that teaching fluency may increase reading achievement. Participants look at aspects of the research and practice using tools for measuring fluency. This face-to-face training also explores the characteristics of fluent reading and practices different techniques of guided repeated oral reading, the recommended instructional strategy for improving fluency.

Teaching Vocabulary: Practical, Research-based Approaches to Instruction (ELL-U)

Participants in this study circle will read and discuss key research findings about effective approaches to teaching vocabulary to adult English language learners. Teachers will share their own experiences and have the opportunity to try out new teaching ideas in their own classrooms.

Practitioner Study Circle: Action Research on Teaching Vocabulary (TAR)

This study circle will focus in-depth on moving from research to the practice of using this reading component in instruction within a practitioner-based learning community. Teachers who are currently teaching in Adult Basic Education or English language learners form a cohort community wherein they will explore implementation strategies for vocabulary and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups. Prerequisite online course: Teaching Adults to Read: Vocabulary (RG08VS)

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