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Immigrants Learning English in a Time of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on June 14, 2019 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryAdvocacy


Immigrants bring a wide variety of skills that favor the market productivity and add to the economic life of the country. They contribute to the development of the U.S. economy through the skills they bring to the market (cognitive skills such as abstract thinking, non-cognitive skills such as motivation and initiative, and specific skills such as the ability to operate machinery) and through the small business they own.

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The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on June 07, 2019 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNewscategoryMember Tips
The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census

The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census provides everyday information that will help library staff address potential patron and community questions regarding the upcoming 2020 Census.

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The PIAAC Literacy Framework and Adult Reading Instruction
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on June 04, 2019 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryAdvocacycategoryMember Tips
The PIAAC Literacy Framework and Adult Reading Instruction

This article is excerpted (with slight adaptations) from the reports Using the PIAAC Literacy Framework to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators (Trawick, 2017) and Bringing Reading Instruction to Life: Supplement to the Introductory Guide (Trawick, 2018). The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) conducted an international literacy assessment for adults in 2012 and 2014, and this article describes how adult educators can use its literacy framework to frame instruction as well.

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A Pilot on How to Help Adult Struggling Readers


The goal of this pilot study was to investigate the effects of morphological instruction on component literacy skills of adult struggling readers.

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App-to-Speed Learning Circles for ABE Learners
App-to-Speed Learning Circles for ABE Learners

Learning circles have shown to help adults on literacy program waiting lists or to supplement or intensify their learning progress. By offering learning circles, adult ABE programs can help low-literate native English speakers to quickly learn and effectively use free- or low-cost apps to improve their reading and writing skills. In addition to low-literate adults needing to acquire reading, writing, and numeracy skills, use of computers, tablets, or smart phones as part of regular instruction is becoming increasingly important.

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