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Developing 21st Century Adult Learners’ Literacy Skills

 

 

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WORKSHOP

 

Workshop title: Developing 21st Century Adult Learners’ Literacy Skills

Venue: Bratislava, Slovakia

Time: 25-29 Nov 2013

Organizer: Orava Association for Democratic Education

Aims and objectives:

a)      Facilitate the sharing of and reflection on adult literacy teachers’ and trainers’ practices;

b)      Engage the  workshop participants in learning effective, evidence-based approaches to planning and delivery of assessment-driven adult literacy programmes which at the same time develop learners’ critical thinking skills;

c)       Provide participants with a theoretical framework that underpins the promoted adult literacy practices;

d)      Facilitate the shared planning of transfer of the new learning into the participants’ daily professional practice through participation in demonstration lessons, analysis of those lessons, and guided practice in planning and implementing the new strategies within the workshop setting.

Agenda

Day

Date

Indicate briefly the programme

Arrival

24 Nov

Arrival and accommodation of the participants

1

25 Nov

GLOBAL AND EUROPEAN TRENDS IN ADULT LITERACY. SHARING GOOD PRACTICES:

Introduction: welcome, brief presentation of the host organization; administrative issues

Setting up a learning environment marked by trust and cooperation:

Ice-breaker; agreeing ground rules; sharing the agenda; discussing expected specific learning outcomes;

Sharing adult literacy education practices of the represented countries/ organizations;

Importance of avoiding previously used strategies that have not been effective (don’t use the same old strategies and expect new outcomes)

Presentation of global and European trends in adult literacy

Introducing the E-R-R framework

Evaluation of the day

2

26 Nov

ASSESSMENT-DRIVEN LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR ADULT LEARNERS:

Reflections on the previous day

Assessment-driven literacy instruction for adult learners

Assessment practices and instruments: Informal Reading Inventory, a measure of reading accuracy, reading rate, and comprehension

Interpreting assessment results for planning effective instruction (word recognition, reading comprehension, reading rate)

Independent, instructional and frustration levels in reading instruction

Preparing materials for assessment of adults’ literacy skills (word lists, text passages and comprehension questions)

Evaluation of the day

3

27 Nov

EFFECTIVE LITERACY INSTRUCTION: THE WHOLE-PART-WHOLE APPROACH

Reflections on the previous day

Effective literacy instruction: the whole-part-whole approach to word recognition, moving from words they can already read, to analysing known word elements from those words in new words, to writing

The language experience approach  using themes appropriate to needs and interests of adults

Word building; Word sorting

Shared Book Reading; 

Shared Writing

(in all the above, demonstration will be followed by guided practice and sharing in the group)

Evaluation of the day

4

28 Nov

READING COMPREHENTION:

Reflections on the previous day

Strategies for developing fluency: Repeated Reading; Reader’s Theatre; Choral Reading

Reading comprehension strategies: directed reading and thinking activity;  think alouds, questioning the author;

Using higher-order questioning

Evaluation of the day

5

29 Nov

WRITING STRATEGIES. PLANNING OF IMPLEMENTATION:

Reflections on the previous day

Reader response strategies: writing process, graphic organizers (T-chart, M-chart, Venn diagram; clustering, word web, mind-maps)

RAFT writing strategy

Planning for transfer of learning; sharing plans

Evaluation of the workshop

Departure

30 Nov

Departure of the participants

 

Eligibility criteria:

The selected participants will meet the following criteria:

-          at least 3 years of experience in adult literacy education (trainers or teachers);

-          at least intermediate level of English language proficiency;

-          represent an adult learning institution;

-          submit the application form by the set deadline

Important notes:

Prior to arriving at the workshop venue, the participants will be connected with the workshop organizers, trainers and each other via a platform, where they can learn details about the course and the venue, introduce themselves and their home institutions/ organization, and share their expectations from the course. Some tasks will be set via the platform (e.g.  the participants will be asked to prepare their best practices to be presented at the workshop).

Attendance certificates will be provided to all participants, listing the specific skills and competences developed during the workshop, the duration of the workshop, themes covered, etc).

After the workshop, the same platform will be used for monitoring the impact of the course. The participants will be expected to share how they have embedded their new learning into the mainstream practices of their organization, what they have done to disseminate their learning, etc. An on-line follow-up will be agreed with the participants during the workshop.

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