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Teaching Reading to Adults

Reading is fundamental to literacy and lifelong learning; however, the reading process itself is actually quite complex. In this course, learn about the components of reading and how to build the reading skills of your adult learners.

Course Objectives

The participant will be able to:

  • identify and describe the four reading components,
  • understand the relationships between the components,
  • select appropriate assessment tools for each reading component, and
  • use appropriate instructional activities to teach reading.

Each lesson addresses a different aspect of reading instruction. Course activities include readings, assignments, and discussions. The lessons are developmental and sequential. Lessons and resources included in the course:

  • Welcome to Teaching Reading to Adults
  • Alphabetics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Assessment
  • Lesson Planning
  • Transitions and Farewell

Opening a Google Account

In this course, we will be using Google Docs, which is now part of the cloud-based file storage system Google Drive. There are several reasons to use Google Docs in our online courses:

  • The ability to collaborate on documents.
  • The ability to access these documents readily once the course is complete and Blackboard is closed.
  • The opportunity to become familiar with and practice using Google tools that can be used with learners in your classroom.

In order to participate, you need a Google account. It will be helpful to set up your Google account before the Teaching Reading to Adults course begins.

GCFLearnFree provides excellent instructions on opening a free Google account. (Note: if you use Gmail, you already have a Google account.) Whether your account is new or old, be sure to check that you remember your username and password!

Completion of the course is designed to require a minimum of 40 hours of your time; approximately five hours a week. However, you may find that you want to spend longer with some topics.

Because the course is designed for busy professionals, it is scheduled over several weeks to allow time to work through the materials and complete the course according to your schedule.

In order to receive the certificate for participating in the Teaching Reading to Adults training, you must complete all assignments, respond to each discussion question, and respond at least once to one of your classmates in any of the week’s discussion/assignment forums.

Remember that, although you will gain from doing the activities, you will learn most from discussions with your online colleagues and facilitator. To keep our discussions as productive as possible, you must stay within the timeframe outlined for this course.

This course is available to out-of-state participants for a fee of $200. To begin the registration process for out-of-state participants, please send an email to

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