Low literacy levels in adult learners pose an educational, and public health challenge to practitioners and the scientific community. Increasing demands placed on literacy can limit opportunities in the workplace and access to health related resources, negatively impacting public health. Current estimates suggest over forty million adults in the U. Despite the estimated number of learners possessing minimal literacy skills in English in the U.
Adult Literacy Educational Programs
The Literacy of America's College Students | American Institutes for Research
This resource reviews research that identifies best practices and trends pertaining to teaching adult English language learners some research is not based in ESL studies. The resource consists of eight sections and an excellent list of resources. The following are the most pertinent to practitioners and administrators:. As this paper mentions, there is an increasing demand for adult English language instruction in the United States and a significant portion of that demand is in areas of the country where practitioners, programs, and government agencies, may have less experience with immigrants and adult immigrant education. Practitioners, administrators and teachers, will find this a comprehensive and perhaps exhaustive review of English Language Learners in the US.
Advances and Remaining Challenges in Adult Literacy Research
The United States is facing a literacy crisis. Yes, crisis. How bad is it? Take a look at some numbers. Literacy has long been used as a method of social control and oppression.
In the United States, the illiteracy rate has not changed in the past 10 years. Illiteracy is not just confined to the borders of the United States. Worldwide, million individuals can not read. The following video looks at ways to integrate statistics in to examine the reasoning and cause of continued declining literacy rates in the United States. The following below facts show the epidemic facing society with the high numbers of illiterate adults.