Information for literacy tutors

Information and advice Adult literacy Tutors

Literacy Face to Face

Written for volunteer tutors, but with useful practical ideas for classroom teachers also. Sections on: How do we read?; The adult learner; Assessing your student’s needs and progress; The beginner reader/writer; The intermediate reader/ writer; The vocational student; Writing and spelling; Does your student have a disability?; Is your student from an non-English Speaking background?; Everyday numeracy; Getting started on the computer.
Literacy-Face-to-Face LR

Grassroot Strategies

Tips for teaching reading, writing, numeracy and speaking /listening in the workplace context but widely applicable to a range of contexts. Developed by Service Skills Australia.

The Smith Family – Home Tutor Scheme

Tutor information, lesson plans and resources developed for migrants and refugees that need further assistance to develop their English language skills for successful settlement in Australia

Give it a go! Help a literacy Learner

Funded by the Commonwealth and produced by TAFE Oten in 2009. Call the hotline on 1300 655 506 to obtain a copy.

Online Volunteer Tutor training Course

This is an online course covering all aspects of becoming a Volunteer Literacy Tutor including: legal and ethical requirements, mentoring skills, self-assessment for literacy tutoring, information about reading, writing, strategies to work with adults, children, speakers of languages other than English and members of local Aboriginal communities.

Volunteer Tutor training course was developed by North Coast TAFE in conjunction with Great Lakes Libraries to train  their Volunteer Tutors.

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults

This training manual from USA has some useful sections although much of it does not reflect current Australian practice. The useful chapters are ch 5 on Fluency Development and ch 7 Comprehension-Strategy Instruction, both of which contain a number of good practical strategies. There is a chapter on Phonemic Awareness Training and Phonics Instruction which may be of some interest to those who are interested in this approach to dyslexia and similar learning disabilities. The sections on assessment, however, are not reflective of most Australian concepts of best practice.