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The Learning Place is always working to improve the lives of those who need help with literacy, business training and job and life skills. In addition to our normal classes, The Learning Place is participating in a 5 year pilot program designed to improve literacy among adults.
We are also involved in an international program with two goals in mind. First, to research the underlying processes that help or hinder the reading development of adults who struggle with reading and second to develop and evaluate a reading curriculum to address adult learners’ needs. We were heavily involved with Phase 1 of the project and have now moved into Phase 2. Reading comprehension, as the goal of reading, is the ultimate focus of the program. To comprehend a text successfully, a reader simultaneously uses many skills and strategies. We will target those which past research has shown to be most important: phonological awareness, morphological knowledge, decoding, orthographic/irregular word reading, vocabulary, fluency, background/general knowledge, text structure knowledge, reasoning skills, and memory retrieval ability.