Lesson 4: Answers Illinois State Library

1. Should phonics or the whole language approach be used when teaching reading?
There is not one correct approach to teaching reading. When working with adults, a combination of approaches may be best. Teaching adults to decode words while using authentic literature will promote language acquisition. Remember, adults need learning to be goal oriented with real world applications.

2. What types of materials should be used when teaching reading to adults?
A variety of literary genres and real world texts should be used when teaching reading to adults. When selecting tutoring materials, it is vital to keep the learners needs at the center of the decision making process. Materials can range from children's literature, to newspapers or novels, to documents related to the learner's work.