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Four Components of Family Literacy Programs

West Virginia Adult Basic Education Program



1. Adult Education

  1. Adult Education
  2. Children's Education
  3. Parent and Child Together (PACT - Interactive Literacy Activities) Time
  4. Parent Time

The adult education component is designed to extend basic education skills. More than just an academic, GED preparation, work-focused or ESL program, a family literacy adult education class teaches adults at all levels and abilities to:

  • Think critically and creatively
  • Set goals and achieve them
  • Solve problems
  • Acquire successful interpersonal skills

Adult EducationFamily literacy instructional methods combine the more traditional individualized and tutor-assisted study with active learning. An adult education teacher often employs peer collaboration, balancing both large and small group instruction.

Life is the classroom for an adult education teacher in family literacy. In close consultation with teachers, students set both academic and personal goals, and teachers help students see the relationship between them. Often students testify to the fact that the family literacy program's different approach helped them to finally understand the classroom material. Classroom methods of instruction include teaching skills within the family context. In addition to providing instruction, the adult education teacher is a friend and facilitator. Significant bonds are established between staff and student, as well as between students.

Instruction provided in the adult education component not only imPACTs the parents but anticipates affecting the future of the children who attend the program as well.

The adult education component expects to affect significantly the future of the children who attend the program. This is accomplished by including personal and family problem-solving in the curriculum, along with an understanding of the parent support role in the development and learning of children. Changing the skill level of parents, their attitudes and expectations for themselves and their family members is not left to chance. It is the primary goal of family literacy. As parents move toward jobs and self-sufficiency, they make solid connections between skills learned in the classroom and their application in the home. These same skills are needed in the work place. To successfully function in a job, workers will need to:

  • Manage time and material
  • Be able to successfully communicate
  • Be able to work on a team
  • Know how to establish and use systems
  • Be responsible
  • Demonstrate an ability to self-assess and monitor personal behavior

The adult education component not only helps to prepare parents for the experience of successful parenting, but helps parents realize their own dreams-a GED, a college or technical school education, mastery of English, a good job-and to assume a productive and important position in society.

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