Photo courtesy of Sharon Sloan.
"Learning another language as an adult is difficult. It takes a sustained effort that requires both courageous and perseverance. English is the key to a better life, and ESL classes provide the means to this better life."
Vera, a Literacy Forward adult learner
Staff, volunteers, and board members of the Carroll County Literacy Council got together this week to be trained in a new English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum called "Literacy Forward."*
Literacy Forward is not made up of static materials in book form but rather it is an instructional approach that is adaptable to the goals of each individual learner. A key feature of the instructional philosophy is the inclusion of authentic materials, including flyers, announcements, household bills, and grocery inserts. Authentic materials engage learners by tying instruction to learners' real-world lives. By showing teachers how to maximize the use of materials that learners encounter in their everyday lives, instruction is kept fresh, engaging, and most importantly, relevant.
For more information about "Literacy Forward," or about how you or your organization can support the Carroll County Literacy Council, contact the Director, Sharon Sloan, PhD., at the hyperlink above.
*The Literacy Forward project is funded by a grant from Dollar General.