Literacy - One-to-one

The Adult Literacy courses were created for adults who have difficulty with:

  • Reading, writing and comprehending short and simple texts
  • Counting numerical numbers

All adult literacy courses are given using one on one tutoring in order to maximize the learning experience.

The courses in this program are divided into two levels : Beginner and Intermediate. These levels are further subdivided into parts A, B and C. A indicates the beginner stage of that level, B the intermediate stage and C the advanced stage.

Beginner Level Courses: Stages A,B,C

Beginner level courses are the basic building blocks of adult literacy. Learners at this level have much to learn in order to be successful in the next level. In the beginner courses the texts are short, simple, and direct, the information is easy to locate and the learners use simple strategies to identify concrete and simple information in the text.

Beginner A - Introduction to the World of Reading

Content to be taught at this stage:

  • Letter knowledge & recognition, sound/symbol correspondence
  • Print conventions (left to right, top-down directionality)
  • Exposure to organization of print — words, sentences, paragraphs
  • Recognition that print represents the spoken word
  • Awareness and exposure to different types of print (e.g., lists, forms, maps, signs, menus, bills, ads, lists, stories)
  • Common sight words
  • Different platforms/media for print — paper, computers,

Beginner B - Introduction to the World of Reading II

Content to be taught at this stage:

  • Sight vocabulary
  • Common formats such as phone numbers, dates, addresses, prices, time
  • Phonics and decoding skills such as letter combinations (e.g., or, ar, ay, ai, oy)
  • Word families (e.g., bad, sad, mad)
  • Common spelling patterns
  • Configuration clues (i.e., using the distinct shapes of words) to help with decoding
  • Scanning — looking for one piece of information
  • Learning about the organization of print information (e.g., lists, forms)
  • Awareness of different types of texts (e.g., information, warning, advertisements, enjoyment)

Beginner C - Introduction to the World of reading III

Content to be taught at this stage:

  • Language experience stories — reading sentences from the learner’s own life and experience
  • Word order in sentences
  • Using conjunctions in simple sentences (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
  • Building reading vocabulary 
  • Punctuation such as commas, periods, question marks, and the use of capital letters for proper nouns and words at the beginning of sentences
  • Reading in phrases or thought/idea groups to promote fluency
  • Using context clues for decoding
  • Predicting meaning based on context, pictures, titles, headings


Intermediate Level Courses: Stages A,B,C

The intermediate level courses make up a consolidation course. Intermediate courses permit the learner to use the skills learned in the beginning level to identify and understand information from print text. Texts are now slightly longer and more complex; information is a bit more difficult to locate. Learners will interact with the text more and use some inference to show understanding and to find answers.

Intermediate A - Reading and Comprehension I

Content to be taught at this stage:

  • Irregular spelling patterns (ache, cycle, though)
  • Multisyllabic words 
  • Root words plus suffixes and prefixes
  • Compound words (weatherman, homemade)
  • Literal comprehension
  • Relating factual details
  • Identifying key words in text
  • Identifying different types and formats of texts — factual, fiction, business
  • Subordinating conjunctions (e.g., but, although, because, after, then, that, if, whether) and their use in complex sentences
  • Fluency — reading in phrases or thought groupings and understanding meaning; less need for word-by-word decoding

Intermediate B - Reading and Comprehension II

Content to be taught at this stage:

  • Synonyms, homonyms, antonyms
  • Abstract concepts and words 
  • Different reading strategies (skimming, scanning, reading for detail) for different types of text (e.g.,prose, charts, graphs) and for finding different types of information
  • Pre-reading, using headings, formatting, and other guiding features to navigate text
  • Finding relevant information among other irrelevant information
  • Understanding the purpose, main idea, and details of text
  • Paraphrasing to demonstrate understanding of a text
  • Using inference to interpret content when it is implicit in the text
  • Use of dictionaries
  • Certificate is provided after successful completion of this course

Intermediate C - Reading and Writing III

Content to be taught at this stage:

  • Expanding reading vocabulary with synonyms, homonyms, antonyms, root words and affixes, and by use of dictionary and thesaurus
  • Using all skills quickly to improve fluency (sight, phonics, context, prediction, use of guiding features)
  • Practice different reading strategies for different types of text (e.g., prose, charts, graphs)
  • Summarizing information from documents
  • Comparing and contrasting information from documents
  • Organizing, sequencing, and reorganizing information from documents