Reading & Writing

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.

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)

Practitioner Study Circle: Action Research on Teaching Fluency (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 fluency and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups. Prerequisite online course: Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency (RG07VS)

Practitioner Study Circle: Action Research on Teaching Comprehension (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 comprehension and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups. Prerequisite online course: Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension (RG06VS)

Practitioner Study Circle: Action Research on Teaching Alphabetics (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 alphabetics and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups. Prerequisite online course: Teaching Adults to Read: Alphabetics (RG06VS)

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.

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.

Evidence-Based Principles and Practices for Writing Instruction

This virtual, three-part study circle will give participants an active role in delving into, making sense of, and using the research on writing as reported by the National Academies of Science in their publication Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Developing Reading and Writing. Participants will be engaged in reading and discussion and will implement a new writing activity in their classroom. There will be readings to be completed between each of the sessions.

Comprehension (TAR)

This self-paced online course uses Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers to review the research and learn about and practice methods for teaching reading comprehension to their adult students.