Learning How to Read & Write for Adults

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Learning to read and write is hard for adults, but many courses work from the bottom and teach reading to adults just as it is taught to kids. Find ways to teach adults reading and writing skills in everyday culture with advice from a writing specialist in this free video on technical writing.

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Hi this is Laura Turner and today I'm going to talk about learning how to read and write for adults. If you are an adult or you are a teacher, teaching adults and you do not know how of course to read and write and it's something that you really need to learn and you know we all know that it's more difficult to learn to read or write when we get older. But it's certainly not impossible. So know that it is probably the most important thing that you can learn in your life and that you need to get on track with it and you know start learning that right now. So work from the bottom up. Just as you would if you were just learning when you were a child but the thing about learning how to read and write when you are an adult is that you have all these life experiences so you've already accumulated. So when you are working from the bottom up, you are starting with the sounds of letters, you are forming the letters to words. You are sounding out the words and then you are making sentences. Right. But as an adult you may not want to you know, your sentences should not be you know, the cat sat on the mat. Right. Because you are going to have a little bit more to pull from, you can probably, you an start off with things like that, but then you can sort of say, ok well now lets get into more adult oriented examples, like lets learn how to read your favorite magazine. The magazine that you like to look at. And start off with something like that. Especially if you are a teacher of adults this might work with your students. If you are trying to key them into their world by presenting materials to them that they can read you know where as the children are going to be wanting to read children's books. The adults are going to be wanting to read things that are more closely associated with how they live in the world. So think about using adult oriented examples to teach adults how to read and write.

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