Developing an E-learning Adult Literacy Course

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In the United States the issue of Adult Literacy is a serious matter. The United States Department of Education (USDE) stated in their 2009 assessment of the issue said that, “Overall, it is estimated that 93 million U.S. adults have basic and below basic literacy skills” (National Coalition For Literacy, 2009). In the state of Virginia over 1 million adults have not graduated with a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) with these extremely high numbers of adults illiterates I have a major concern and compassion for those that are educationally challenged to the point that are not able to read to their own children, assist them with their homework and to them help at home to learn basic computer technology (Virginia Department of Education, 2011). They also have problems in getting employed full-time with a competitive income due to their lack of literacy basics. Because of the shocking statistics the topic I have chosen is Adult Literacy. In this paper I will discuss the course description, the pedagogical methods that will be used, why these methodologies was chosen and learning event examples that demonstrate how the approaches will be accomplished. The course objectives and outcomes will also be discussed. The description of this adult literacy course is as follows: The students’ will be introduced to adult learning principles, the need of setting goals, general plans that the instructor has for the student to assist them in their long-term adult literacy plans by supporting and building a friendly, respectful learning environment. Giving general information about the importance of evaluation and assessment of the adult literacy student is a major necessity in order to get a full understanding of... ... middle of paper ... ...eracyeducator.com/courses.htm. Islamic-Relief Association Suisse. (2006). Adult Literacy in Sudan. Retrieved on May 28, 2011 from http://www.islamic-relief.ch/irv19/spip.php?article98. National Coalition for Literacy. (2009). Adult Literacy Fact Sheet 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011 from www.ncladvocacy.org/HealthLiteracyFactst2009/AdultLiteracyFacts2009.pdf Roblyer, M. D. (2006). Integrating educational technology into teaching (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. TheProblemSite.com. (2011). Word Games. Retrieved April 29, 2011 from http://www.theproblemsite.com/word_games.asp Virginia Department of Education. (2011). Adult Education. Retrieved April 29, 2011 from http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/adulted/) Widdowson, H.G. (1990) Aspects of language teaching, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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