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...engaging, thoughtful, and useful tasks. The point of all learning assignments should be student development – there is no point in teaching how to write compare/contrast essays if they are not going to be useful to students in their future academic careers.
• Provide books and materials that reflect students’ cultural, linguistic and social backgrounds. Adult students need to be able to see themselves reflected in the curriculum in order to be able to connect literacy learning to their life experiences.
• Provide opportunities for “learning beyond the classroom” to make learning hands-on and enjoyable (“Cooperative education,” 2000, p.8). Create assignments that utilize field trips, guest lectures, and work experience as sources of information through which students can create their own understandings of the larger world by building upon their existing knowledge.
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