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Adult Literacy - The A-Z of Adult Basic Education   Tags: adult education, basic skills, literacy, reading, typing, writing  

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Basic Websites

  • California Library Literacy Services  
    Home page to all California Literacy resources.
  • ProLiteracy
    International Organization that promotes Adult Basic Education.
  • Roseville Adult Literacy Program
    Find out more about the Roseville Literacy program and sign up to participate.
  • Volunteer Match  
    This site will help you find volunteer opportunities in your area AND help find volunteers to help with your program. Coordinators, click above for more info.
  • All about learning disabilities
    This guide was published by the California State Library Literacy Services. It has everything you might want to know about learning disabilities. I found it very helpful as I'm sure you will too.

Leon's Story

Leon is one of many Adult Learners in Caifornia who has a story to tell.  See more videos at and search California Literacy.


Training Sites on the Web

Online Courses - ProLiteracy Education Network

Online Courses

A woman relaxes on her couch at home, taking an online course

ProLiteracy Education Network's free online courses guide instructors, program managers, students and volunteers in quality literacy instruction and lifelong learning habits. Search by topic or audience below, or use the  Course Catalog or Suggested Content Clusters to review the available online courses.

All courses are free, and only require you to select your own user name and password as part of the registration process.  If you have taken online courses on Thinkfinity Literacy Network, your log in is still active and your coursework is still available to you.  Log In Here

If you're new to ProLiteracy's free online courses, click here for enrollment instructions and for information on returning to a course.

Please note: Course titles marked with an asterisk will require you to create a different user id and password than the other courses listed below. Enrollment instructions for those courses can be found here.


LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System)

Teaching Adults to Read: The Components of Reading

o   Alphabetics

o   Fluency

o   Vocabulary

o   Comprehension

These free, self-paced online courses present an introduction to research-based principles of reading assessment and instruction for instructors and administrators in adult basic education and literacy. The courses are intended as a resource for those who want to improve their ability to provide reading instruction for adults in adult and family literacy and other adult basic education programs.

 Each component is addressed in a self-paced course that can be completed in 5-10 hours. In these courses participants explore the components of reading and research-based recommended strategies for assessing and teaching native English-speaking and ESL adults. The courses’ interactive activities include video and audio recordings of actual adult learners engaged in the recommended strategies. Participants also read texts that they download as PDFs throughout the courses.

 To register, e-mail Paul Heavenridge, Director of LINCS RPDC4, at


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A Few Statistics

"23% of adults in California lack basic literacy skills such that they would be unable to fill out a job application. In 2011 library sponsored programs served 22,733 adult learners using 12,609 volunteer tutors who volunteered 855,206 hours" (Letter to Senator Liu, 2012). 


From the California State Library Literacy Service


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