Targeting Active Adult Literacy in the Community

Project details:

Our workshop aims to raise awareness of the link between literacy and social inclusion across Europe, and the benefits of promoting a literate society. The seminars and topic-specific workshops will begin on Monday morning and span 5 days to finish on Friday afternoon. The week will feature:

  • a half-day seminar based on work done at NACRO with young people who have been excluded from school;
  • reading-based work;
  • a half-day seminar which will look at shared reading groups offered to excluded community groups such as the homeless, dementia sufferers and the elderly, followed by a shared reading session which explores the possibilities when working with marginalised groups;
  • a visit to a local University sponsored institution to speak to staff about new techniques and technologies that are used with adults improving their literacy;
  • a visit to a local theatre group for a hands-on workshop;
  • a seminar delivered by expert staff from the School of Education Futures / LSSC Linguistics team.

Delegates will also look at the effective use of ICT to support the development of literacy skills, where all learners can benefit from the use of software; learning and teaching with talking books that everyone can use; how to use simple communication devices to support literacy; learning with sensory stories and enriching literacy with video and animation; symbol support for literacy and best practice examples.

We will also arrange a selection of cultural visits that will reinforce the learning objectives.

Working language: ENGLISH

Target Group: Adult literacy teachers, tutors and the trainers of such teachers; managerial/administrative staff of organisations providing adult literacy programmes; staff involved in adult literacy education or working with illiterate adults; former and unemployed teachers re-entering the profession after a period away from teaching; other education staff in the adult literacy field.

  • Start date: 23 March 2014
  • Duration: 1 week
  • Project number: 2013-1-GB2-GRU13-11213

For more information please contact

Rachel Henley  rachel.henley@wlv.ac.uk