Perspectives on Language and Literacy

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, Fall

Adult Educators in the United States: Who Are They and What Do They Know about Teaching Reading?
Although reading is a foundational skill, more than 30 million adults in the United States fall below the basic level of skills needed to perform everyday literacy activities (Kutner, Greenberg, & Baer, 2005). Although these adult learners are very...
Adult Life with Dyslexia
"Some individuals with learning disabilities who received educational services during their school-age years believe they are no longer learning disabled. Therefore, they do not see learning disabilities as an issue to deal with in their adult years"...
Adult Reading Assessment and Instruction: Highlights from the Activities of the Nifl/ncsall Adult Literacy Research Working Group
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) completed a comprehensive assessment of adults' reading ability in 2003, administering a reading test to a representative sample of more than 19,000 people over the age of 16 in households (and prisons)...
A Review of the Adult Reading Assessment and Instruction Research
The National Institute for Literacy (the "Institute"), in collaboration with the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, established the Adult Literacy Research Working Group to identify research-based practices for reading instruction...
Assessment of Reading Components in Adult Education Programs
The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title Ii of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, is the Federal legislation that authorizes adult education programs. This legislation established accountability standards organized around the following...
Introduction to the Adult Literacy Research Working Group
Until recently, adult literacy practitioners usually designed instruction based on theories and approaches learned in training, opinions of experienced practitioners, and personal experience gained through trial and error. Though this instruction may...
Learning Disabilities: From Identification to Intervention
LEARNING DISABILITIES: FROM IDENTIFICATION TO INTERVENTION by Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D., G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., Lynn S. Fuchs, Ph.D., and Marcia A. Barnes, Ph.D., 2007 The Guilford Press Hardcover. 323 pages. $38.00This powerhouse team of authors states...
Potential Requires Literacy to Grow into Opportunity
In my previous president's messages I have already exposed my prejudices. Being able to read is good; not being able to read is bad. And reading is both the superhighway and the scenic route to knowledge and wisdom. Why is it so hard for millions of...
Relating Reading Research to Practice: Two Resources for Adult Education Teachers
Making a connection between what reading researchers have established as effective instruction and what instructors are doing with adult learners is not an easy task. The adult education and literacy field faces a number of difficulties, including (in...