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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:28 by NZTecAdmin

Every learner is an individual, with their own strengths and needs. This resource provides an explanation of the skills required for literacy and language development. It does not determine either the context for learning or the content of the learning programme. The starting points are to be used as a framework or outline only; it is the tutor’s role and responsibility to meet the needs of the learner first by getting to know the learner (their experiences of learning, their strengths and aspirations as well as their learning needs), then by building a relationship and developing a programme to meet those needs in ways best suited to that learner.

Central to meeting the needs of adult learners is the concept of functional literacy.10 Learners will not develop literacy skills by simply ‘doing reading and writing’ if they have been unsuccessful in this area for most of their lives. They need highly contextualised instruction in skills that relate to their real-life needs. Even at beginning levels, therefore, it is important to integrate learning into a clear and meaningful context.

10 Thornbury, 2006.


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