Adult Literacy


Education Teacher Materials  – Activities, Worksheets, Printables, and Lesson Plans (Source: Education Helper)-

Adult Literacy Worksheets – Recommended by Ireland’s National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

Adult Literacy Training Videos – Online Access to Training Project by San José Public Library’s Partners in Reading and Santa Clara City Library’s Read Santa Clara. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Literacy Training Through News Stories  The Learning Resources site offers web-delivered instruction using CNN and CBS 5 – KPIX (CBS Broadcasting) news stories. Western/Pacific LINCS (part of the National Institute for Literacy’s LINCS Project) and Literacyworks, uses these stories to develop an online literacy site that benefits all learners and instructors. This material is intended for adult literacy and educational purposes. Though the intended audience is adults, instructors and learners (of all ages) are encouraged to use this material to promote better literacy.Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story. Each module is designed for ease of use so the learner can use it independently. The instructor can also incorporate any story into class activities and lesson plans. (Source: CNN/CBS-5 – KPIX)

Adult Literacy Tutorials

Demystifying Adult Literacy for Volunteer Tutors – Illinois Secretary of State

Tutor Handbook – Literacy for Life

Peace Corps Literacy Handbook – New Zealand Digital Library

Adult Basic Literacy Tutor Training Workshop – Virginia’s Volunteer Tutors – Welcome to our comprehensive 14-hour tutor training workshop. The content was designed with the advice from fourteen of Virginia’s best volunteer trainers. (Source: Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center)

Five Levels of Literacy ProficiencyLiteracy Volunteers of Greater Hartford

Self-paced Literacy Tutor Training – Here you will find materials needed to complete the self-study portion of the training required for Basic Literacy tutors. Volunteers who are accepted for training are required to complete their study of this background information prior to attending the first group training session. (Source: Hopelink, Washington State)

U.S. Adult Literacy Programs: Making a Difference – A Review of Research on Positive Outcomes Achieved by Literacy Programs and the People They Serve U.S. Programs Division of ProLiteracy Worldwide March 2003 (Source: ProLiteracy via, Arizona)

Using Technology to Support Adult Literacy – A Tutor Guide (Source: South Tipperary VEC Adult Learning Scheme)

Literacy Tutor Reference Materials – Tutor Training PP Self-Paced (Source: The Literacy Center)

Adult Literacy References

Learning Literacies for the 21st Century – Advanced Literacy EducationConcepts (Source: David Warlick, Gaston College)

21st Century Literacy Skills Prepare Students for Global Citizenship – Advanced Literacy EducationConcepts (Source: The International School of the Americas – San Antonio, Texas)

National assessment of Adult Literacy – The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. NAAL is the nation’s most comprehensive measure of adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). (Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES))