Module 4 – Instructional Techniques
Introduction – Tools for Teaching
This module is designed to assist you in thinking about and planning instructional activities for adult literacy students. As an adult educator, you want to match how students learn best with the information they need to accomplish their goals as much as possible. Students want to be engaged during instruction; to access material presented in a variety of ways; and to participate in the learning process. Presented in this module are some tools for teaching – it would be impossible to cover all possible methods. As you continue in your professional development, you will add more and more instructional tools to assist you in delivering instruction that can effectively support adult literacy learners.
Some adult learners entering literacy classes may be speakers whose native language is not English. For assistance in adjusting instruction to support these non-native English speakers, please consult the following resources:
- Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)
- Community Partnerships for Adult Learning (C-PAL) - English Literacy Toolbox
If, however, their English skills are not strong enough for them to benefit from your class, refer them to local adult English language classes.
Before you begin, we’d like to give you the opportunity to review what you already know about this topic using a pre-survey. On the survey, we ask you to take a moment to rate yourself on your comfort level and familiarity with the topics presented in this module. [There is also a pre-survey for the entire course, Basics of Adult Literacy Education. If you wish to take the overall course pre-survey, click here.]
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You may print it and write your answers, or type your answers directly into the digital document. If you choose to type directly in the document, don’t forget to print or save your work for your records (to a floppy, hard drive, or other drive local to you) when you have completed the survey.
Module 4 – Instructional Techniques Pre-Survey
Setting Goals for your Learning:
All learning is more effective when it is focused, guided by specific goals the learner sets.
Take a moment to think over your responses on this self-assessment.
Based on your review, what issues or topics stand out? What would you like to accomplish upon completing this module? Click here for examples of goals you might set for this module.
On your worksheet, state your goals for this module – Instructional Techniques. You will be asked to refer to these goals when you have finished with the module.
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