Instruction and Curriculum
in Volunteer Community Based Adult Literacy Programs

Family Literacy

Basic Reading
Instruction
Citizenship English Speakers
of Other Languages
Family Literacy Homeless Students
Learner-Centered
Instruction
Student
Persistence/Retention
Students with
Special Learning Needs
Technology Integration Workforce,
Workforce Literacy

Applying research in reading instruction for adults: First steps for teachers.
Author: S. McShane
Published: 2005
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This book aims to build background knowledge about reading and scientifically based reading instruction. The language and format are "teacher friendly," using student and classroom illustrations and sample instructional activities to make research principles concrete for readers. 

Cultivating readers: Making reading active and fun!
Author: National Center for Family Literacy.
Published: no date
Weblink: [click here]

This parent-friendly magazine, written by the National Center for Family Literacy with funding from Houghton Mifflin, provides effective and easy strategies for promoting reading throughout a child's early years.

Practitioner toolkit: Working with adult English language learners.
Author: National Center for Family Literacy and Center for Applied Linguistics.
Published: 2005 
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This toolkit provides a variety of materials to help language and literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English. These materials include a first-day orientation guide, lesson plans, and research-to-practice papers on English language and literacy learning.

Recruitment and retention for literacy programs.
Author: National Center for Family Literacy and Center for Applied Linguistics.
Published: 2005
Available for loan from TCALL: [click here]

Strategies gathered from practitioners working in the field are highlighted throughout this guide. Sections include: Understanding Adult Motivation; Creating a Recruitment and Retention Plan; Challenges and Strategies; and Who's Involved in Recruitment and Retention. Guide also examines goal setting and tips for planning recruitment events. Many appendices are included, such as a self-check survey and planning calendar for program recruitment and retention, a student exit questionnaire, sample public service announcements, and more. Also available from NCFL is a "Recruitment and Retention for Literacy Programs Resource Kit," which includes this guide book, a CD-ROM with templates and forms, 30 Posters (15 in English + 15 in Spanish) for raising awareness about your program, 200 Postcards (100 in English + 100 in Spanish) to remind potential and returning students about your program, and 100 Bookmarks with reading tips for parents (1 side printed in English, the other in Spanish) to hand out at special events.

The Importance of Social Interaction and Support for Women Learners: Evidence from Family Literacy Programs.
Author: E. Prins,B. Toso, & K. Schafft
Published: 2008
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In this study, the authors analyzed how family literacy programs provided social support for women in poverty. They argue that adult basic education programs such as family literacy can provide poor women greater access to social support, which in turn enhances their psychosocial well-being.

What works: An introductory teacher guide for early language and emergent literacy instruction.
Author: National Center for Family Literacy.
Published: no date
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Based upon the findings from the National Early Literacy Panel, this teacher’s guide provides parenting activities, and instructional practices that promote the development of children’s early literacy skills.