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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." —Victor Hugo

The resources on these pages rely on research-based principles of reading instruction and suggest practical ways to apply research findings to adult learning settings. These valuable websites for educators include:


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Applying Research in Reading Instruction: First Steps for Teachers
This teacher-friendly book by Susan McShane explains the research on reading components, describes targeted instructional strategies, and includes sample lessons and graphic organizers.

Adult Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research
This comprehensive 2010 report analyzes the research base for adult education reading instruction. It is designed as a resource for both practitioners and reading researchers.

Reading and Adult English Language Learners
This brief provides an overview of reading issues within the ESOL population, including a summary of literacy levels and what they mean.

Creating Authentic Materials and Activities for the Adult Literacy Classroom
This handbook, based on the results of the Literacy Practices of Adult Learners Study, provides guidance in moving toward contextualized instruction using materials relevant to adult learners.

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