Literacy Facts & Resources

2013-2014 Program Year Achievements

  • Recruited, trained and utilized 90  NEW volunteers.
  • Served over 300 adult students
  • Worked with 280 active adult tutors
  • Pre and post tested 185 students; 67% showed literacy gains!
  • Volunteers provided over 11,000 hours of tutoring and other volunteer work.

 

 

Literacy Facts

  • 1 in 5 residents of Erie County is functionally illiterate. (Source: National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 1992 and National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) 2003)
  • 1 in 3 residents of the City of Buffalo is functionally illiterate. (Source: National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 1992 and National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) 2003)
  • On a national level, for every $1 spent by Literacy Volunteers to tutor adults, $33 in economic benefit is returned to the overall economy. (Source:  Economic Impact Analysis conducted by AT Kearney, 1999)
  • Parents who can’t read are likely to have children who can’t read well.(Source: Kids & Family Reading Report, 2008)
  • Reading aloud is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.  (Source: Reach Out and Read, Reading Across the Nation: A Chartbook, 2007)
  • 61% of low-income homes have no books in them. (Source: Reading Literacy in the United States: Findings from the IEA Reading Literacy Study, 1996.)
  • Between 41-44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. (Based on federal poverty guidelines)
  • 70% of prisoners fall into the lowest two levels of reading proficiency (Source: http://www.proliteracy.org/the-crisis/adult-literacy-facts).
  • 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems. (Source: National Center for Adult Literacy, ProLiteracy Worldwide, U.S. Department of Labor, National Institute for Literacy, National Bureau of Economics, American Medical Association, U.S. Census, National Assessment of Adult Literacy)
  • 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts. (National Center for Adult Literacy, ProLiteracy Worldwide, U.S. Department of Labor, National Institute for Literacy, National Bureau of Economics, American Medical Association, U.S. Census, National Assessment of Adult Literacy)
  • Welfare recipients with the lowest educational skills stay on welfare the longest. (Source:  National Institute for Literacy)
  • For the first time ever, nearly one-fifth of America’s children speak a language other than English at home. (http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2006/IntheNewsSpeakingEnglishintheUnitedStates.aspx)

 

Tutor Resources

http://literacynewyork.org/Literacy New York state agency

http://www.proliteracy.org/ProLiteracy Worldwide

http://www.valrc.org/index.html -Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

http://www.proliteracyednet.org/ProLiteracy Education Network

http://thinkfinity.org/Provides training courses, tutoring materials, activity ideas.

http://www.coabe.orgCoalition for Adult Basic Education

http://ldanatl.orgLearning Disabilities Association

http://ldaonlineLearning Disabilities

http://ncld.orgNational Center for Learning Disabilities

http://www.ncsall.net/National Center for the Study of Adult Learning & Literacy

http://interdys.org/ - International Dyslexia Association

http://lincs.ed.gov/Literacy Information & Communication Center

http://literacyconnections.com/Information for tutoring adults, tips for first-time volunteers, provides activity ideas, suggest reading lists.

 

English Language Learning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/verbsSkillwise – BBC

http://www.eslgold.com/for_st/strategies.htmlEnglish learning strategies

http://esl.about.com/od/englishlessonplans/English_Lesson_Plans_for_ESL_EFL_Classes.htmELL lesson plans

http://www.englishclub.com/Free online resources

http://www.stickyball.netResources for ELL tutors – grammar, phonics, dialogues, idioms, writing, etc.

http://www.rong-chang.com/Online ELL activities, games, etc.

http://www.english-grammar-lessons.com/Grammar lessons

http://www.teaching-esl-to-adults.com/Teaching ESL to adults

http://www.eslcafe.com/Dave’s ESL Café

http://www.literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.htmlCNN writing samples

http://www.manythings.org/Interesting things for ESL Students

http://a4esl.org/Activities for ELL students

http://www.merlot.org/merlot/materials.htm?catergory=2451Lesson Plans

http://www.rong-chang.com/eslread/eslread/dict/contents.htmOnline dictation activities

http://www.dailyesl.com/Conversation starters

http://iteslj.org/questions/Conversation starters

http://prosites-eslflow.homestead.com/icebreakersreal.htmlConversation starters

http://www.eslflow.com/pronunciationlessonplans.htmlConversation starters

http://www.ehow.com/how_4549513_teach-pronunciation-esl-learners.htmlPronunciation

http://ell-u.org/Professional Development Portal for ESL Teachers

http://www.cal.org/adultspeak/instruction/index.html - Center for Applied Linguistics – Developing Oral Proficiency for the Best Plus test

http://helenfraser.com.au/downloads/HF%20Handbook.pdfTeaching Pronunciation

http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/languagearts/elementary/greatgrammaradv.pdf - Great Grammar Adventures

 

Reading & Writing

http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/literacy/components.pdf - Reading Components

http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/r/reading_bestpractices_phonics_explicit_systematic.pdfExplicit Instruction & Phonics

http://www.project-read.com/Another volunteer tutoring agency’s tutoring manual, full of ideas

http://www.meadowscenter.org/vgc/downloads/primary/booklets/Essential_Strategies.pdf - Essential Strategies for the Struggling Reader

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Kindergarten_Literacy_Activities_66523_7.pdfLiteracy activities for low level readers

http://www.udel.edu/eli/2006P4L/ghada.pdfUsing games to teach vocabulary

http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-vocabulary-worksheets/Busy Teacher – worksheets

http://esl.fis.edu/vocab/index-e.htmVocabulary quizzes

http://www.stenhouse.com/assets/pdfs/0310guid.pdfComprehension Strategies

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/studentsuccess/thinkliteracy/files/ThinkLitEnglish10-12.pdfComprehension Strategies

http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/adult_ed_02.pdfResearch Based Principles For Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction

http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/teach/uwriaa.pdfUnderstanding What Reading is All About

http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/applyingresearch.pdfApplying Research in Reading Instructions for Adults – Susan McShane

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/upload/PRFbooklet.pdfPutting Reading First

http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/teach_adults.pdfA Summary of Scientifically-Based Research Principles – Teaching Adults to Read

http://www.naafoundation.org/docs/Foundation/nie_readfirst.pdfReading First Newspaper in Education – fantastic guide to activities that will support the 4 reading components in your students

 

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