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Free Online Course for Adult Learners from ProLiteracy

Posted on 07/30/2008

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Adults with low-level reading skills now can learn basic computer and Internet search skills while they practice reading and writing using a free online course developed by the partnership of ProLiteracy and Superpages.com® The course, developed by ProLiteracy, the world's largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, highlights features of Superpages.com®. The course is designed for adults with a fifth grade reading level and who are familiar with computers and the Internet.

The course consists of five lessons. Each lesson demonstrates a specific search skill – getting directions to a specific location, for example, or using the keyword search to find a specific type of business. After the demonstration, the student can practice exactly what he or she saw in the demonstration. The lesson ends with the student using Superpages.com to perform a similar search for businesses in his or her own city. Each screen has accompanying audio and the demonstrations are narrated to support adult learners who have trouble reading the screen text.

"The course is designed so that teachers or tutors can facilitate the lesson, but the audio component makes it possible for adult learners to use the course on their own as well," said David C. Harvey, ProLiteracy president and CEO.

In addition to the course, there are free, downloadable Teacher's Notes that offer discussion ideas for introducing each lesson, identify key vocabulary, and provide ideas for expanding the activities. There also is a free, downloadable Student Workbook with step-by-step directions for the features highlighted in the lesson and a worksheet for the activity in which the student applies the new skills to search for businesses in his or her home community.

The course, Getting Started with Superpages.com, a PDF of the Teacher's Notes, and a PDF of the Student Workbook can be found at www.superpages.com/adultlearners.

Information from an announcement by ProLiteracy.