Lesson 4 - Principles of Adult Learning Illinois State Library
Exposure to Print Material
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Literacy development requires exposure to a variety of materials and genres.
Many times, tutors wonder what type of material to use with their adult learner. The types of materials are as varied as the learners. Materials can range from children's literature, young adult literature, workplace manuals, magazine articles, cookbooks, Bibles, or any other materials that are appropriate for the learner. It is also important that the materials used capture the interest of the learner.
The following are some basic guidelines for selecting appropriate materials.
- Is the print large, clear and easy to read?
- Are the paragraphs well-spaced?
- Is the page well-designed, attractive and easy to read?
- Are there illustrations to support the text?
- Does the text avoid difficult dialects, regional expressions, and figures of speech?
- Are technical or difficult words explained and repeated, so they can be learned?
- Are there a variety of materials for each concept included?
- Is the topic of the material interesting to the learner?
- Is the reading level appropriate to the learner's skills?