Project Details


A practical ‘how to’ guide to the Adult Literacy and Numeracy (ALN) Learning Progressions for tertiary educators. Guidance on teaching adult learners to ‘read with understanding’.


The primary aim of the guide is to introduce and explain the ‘Read With Understanding’ progressions. Covers topics such as how to use the resource, assessment, as well as a range of guided teaching and learning activities to use in class.

Key Points to Note:

  • The guide is part of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of literacy, language and numeracy for adult learners.
  • The goal is to enable tutors to meet the learning needs of adult learners so those learners can engage effectively with the texts, tasks and practices they encounter in their training and learning.
  • The guide is based on research into effective adult literacy education.
  • The suggestions in this guide are initial ideas only – they are aimed at helping tutors apply the Learning Progressions to existing course and learning materials.
  • It is expected that tutors will use, adapt and extend the ideas in this guide to meet the needs of learners and their own teaching situations.
  • On pp. 27 and 28 of the guide there is an overview of the guided teaching and learning activities.
  • You can find the ‘Read With Understanding’ progressions in: 'Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy'.


GLOSSARY | Literacy Glossary

A glossary of terms relevant to teaching literacy.

(PDF, 99 KB, 11-pages).

  • 25 June 2008
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LP Guide

Teaching Adults to Read With Understanding: Using the Learning Progressions

A guide for tertiary educators prepared by the Tertiary Education Commission.

(PDF, 1.4 MB, 128-pages).

  • 30 June 2008
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STRAND CHART | Read With Understanding

A strand chart for tertiary educators prepared by the Tertiary Education Commission.

(WORD, 40.5 KB, 1-page).

  • 30 June 2006
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