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5 Ways to Improve Adult Literacy

5 Ways You Can Help an Adult Learn to Read


Adult literacy is a global problem. One in five adults cannot read. Here are 5 ways you can help improve adult literacy.

1. Literacy Websites

Start by researching some of the online resources available to you. Some are comprehensive directories that can help you identify help in your own community. Here are just three:

  1. The Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education
  2. The National Institute for Literacy
  3. ProLiteracy

2. Your Local Literacy Council

Even some of the smallest communities are served by a county literacy council. Get out the phone book or check at your local library. Your local literacy council is there to help adults learn to read and children keep up with reading in school. Staff members are trained and reliable.

3. Adult Education Classes

Your literacy council will have information about adult education classes in your area. If they don't, or you don't have a literacy council, get out the phone book again. If your own county doesn't offer adult education classes, which would be surprising, check the next closest county, or contact your state education department. Every state has one.

4. The Library

Never underestimate the power of your local county library to help you accomplish just about anything. They love books. They adore reading. They will do their best to spread the joy of picking up a book. They also know that people cannot be productive employees if they don't know how to read. They've got resources available, and can recommend special books, to help you help a friend learn to read.

5. A Private Tutor

It can be very embarrassing for an adult to admit that he or she cannot read. If the thought of attending adult education classes freaks someone out, private tutors are always available. Your literacy council or library are probably your best places to find a trained tutor who will respect the student's privacy and anonymity.

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