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It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 5:48am On Oct 14, 2023
ADULT EDUCATION IN LAGOS

This programme is aimed at providing literacy education for adults in Lagos. The focus will be to teach participants how to read and write in basic English and basic math.

Adults will gain confidence in their own capacities and will be able to gather information and seize opportunities in their environment. Broadly, this program strives to provide the knowledge that can improve people's social conditions, as well as change attitudes, increase self-esteem, and inclusiveness.

Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 4:06pm On Oct 24, 2023
ADULT EDUCATION TO READ & WRITE IN ENGLISH

We teach adults with little or no formal education how to read, write, speak, spell and listen. We help students to write and read very basic texts and sentences easily. To enable students to communicate in very simple English. We caoch them on elementary arithmetic of addition, substraction, multiplication and division. We guide and encourage our pupils to build confidence in themselves.

WE Teach:

- English alphabet
- Word formation
- Sound production
- Numbers, colours and shapes
- Months of the year, days of the week, date and time
- Reading & comprehension, writing, grammar and oral English
- Addition, Substraction, Multiplication & Division.

Duration: 9 months

Assignment, class work, test, debates, presentations and examination are taking periodically and at the end of the session and certificates of participation are issued to students at the end of their program.

FEES:
#40,000/Per term/3months

List of textbooks and other study materials will be given to students to purchase from bookshop.

LOCATION:

SYMMETRIC ADULT EDUCATION
Suite 35, Mota Complex,
Opposite Harmony Estate,
Ifako-Gbagada,
Lagos State,
Nigeria.

LESSON DAYS:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:a.m. to 1:p.m.
Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 9:06am On Nov 01, 2023
LEARNING TO SPELL FOR ADULTS

Not all adults have perfect spelling skills. In fact, many have developed bad spelling habits over the years. This is even more so the case today given the nature of communication on social media networks and mobile texting.

Abbreviations are common in order to save space in posts and message chains and people ignore English capitalization and punctuation rules. It’s also the case that individuals who left school early may simply have missed out on learning how to spell in the first place.

And while spelling is only one aspect of productive language knowledge, it tends to be a rather obvious one. You may not know what a word means, but when you misspell something, everyone notices.

Spelling is not a reflection of intelligence. Nonetheless, it is still necessary to know how to spell in order to be successful in academic and work endeavours. Having poor spelling skills in English can cause an adult to be judged negatively by others.

They may lose out on job or career advancement opportunities and often will experience feelings of embarrassment and low self-esteem. Worse still, poor spelling skills can cause individuals not to reach their full potential at school and in life.

This is because when a young adult finds certain words hard to spell, they may rely on more common and less specific vocabulary in writing, or avoid writing altogether. Their written work can appear over-simplified and may not reflect the true extent of their vocabulary.

While it may be embarrassing to practice spelling as an adult, an intervention is often required as it is not a skill that will fix itself. Learning to spell involves targeted work, including repetition and transcription exercises.

Enrollment in a basic adult education course at Symmetric Adult School is recommended, particularly if poor reading skills are also a factor.

Contact:
Symmetric Adult Education, Lagos.

Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 3:21pm On Nov 04, 2023
SPELLING TIPS

- Know the rules. They aren’t consistent and there are plenty of exceptions, but it’s still worth learning some spelling rules in English. When you learn a rule, be sure to review a set of common examples that demonstrate it, as well as words that break the rule. You may decide to pick up a page of English text and underline all of the words that conform to the rule. When you’re done, look for the exceptions, as you are sure to find a few!

- Study Dolch Words. Also called Sight Words, these are among the most frequent words in English and account for up to 50% of most texts. They include prepositions, verbs, adjectives, articles and adverbs and overlearning them will allow you to spend more time learning the spelling of harder, less frequent vocabulary.

- Recognize prefixes and suffixes. When one or two letters appear at the start of a word and change the meaning in a consistent way, it is called a prefix. For example, re- means to do something again, such as review, regenerate, reiterate. A suffix added to the end of a word functions in a similar way. For example, we use –s or –es to make a noun plural. English is full of common suffixes and prefixes that you can learn. Familiarizing yourself with them will help you to see the various parts of a word and improve your spelling.

- Read as often as you can. Every language has common combinations of consonants and vowels. The more you read, the more you will be exposed to them and the more familiar they will become. It’s easier to learn the spelling of a word that you already recognize.

- Look for patterns. The human brain is very good at spotting patterns. If you present it with examples of words that contain a similar letter combination, you can learn English spelling rules indirectly. Try taking a highlighter and underlining words with the same or similar spelling across a newspaper page. Next, see if you can write out a rule that describes what you see. Acquiring rules in this way makes them easier to remember, thanks to the extra cognitive energy you expend figuring them out on your own.

- Use mnemonics. Hard to spell words can sometimes lend themselves to visual or auditory cues that create a more robust memory. For example, the word Wednesday can be tricky to spell because the d is silent. To help you spell it correctly, you might picture a bride and think that she is to be wed on Wednesday.

- Spell out loud. Sometimes spelling a word aloud can make it easier for people with learning difficulties who struggle to put letters down on paper. Create a list of words that you want to learn and practice spelling them while you are in the shower or on your way to work. Speaking them and hearing yourself say each letter will create auditory memories that are especially helpful for individuals who are not visual learners.

- Research the origin of words. English is a Germanic language but it has adopted vocabulary from various other languages that it came into contact with over the years. For example, it contains plenty of words of French origin thanks to the Normans having ruled England for a few hundred years. When you research where a word comes from, you may see similar spelling patterns for other words with the same origin, such as Greek words, which tend to be found in science related vocabulary.

- Take a multi-sensory approach. When you learn the spelling of a word and encode it physically, as is the case in handwriting or touch-typing, you are adding muscle memory to the process. The more you generate a word, the more likely it is that you automatize its spelling.
Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 12:38pm On Nov 23, 2023
ADULT EDUCATION, MASS LITERACY CENTER IN GBAGADA, LAGOS.

Teaching Methods to Promote Reading Skills in Adults

This is a detailed lesson on the five basic principles used to promote reading skills in adults. We will break down reading comprehension and what type of instructional strategies are needed to engage adult non-readers.

Reading is a basic skill needed in many aspects of life. It makes a person able to participate more easily in society, gain access to health care, and obtain gainful employment.

Teaching Methods
Adult literacy educators will use five basic reading instructional areas according to the National Reading Association: Alphabetics, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and assessment. This lesson explains each area in detail.

- Teaching Alphabetics
We as readers use phonemes, which are basic sounds of spoken language. Graphemes are the written letters we use to represent those sounds. We use word analysis to connect phonemes (basic sounds) with graphemes (written letters) or letter combination. This process is called alphabetics. Phonemic awareness and word analysis are two big problems in adult non-readers. They struggle with applying letter-sound knowledge to understand new or unfamiliar words.

Alphabetics is taught using different oral exercises. For example, asking the adult to identify the common sounds in the words, 'grill,' 'gone,' and 'gate', or what the word 'bring' would be without the 'b'? (ring). Teaching alphabetics helps adult non-readers to master phonemic awareness and word analysis so they can manipulate phonemes (basic sounds) to form syllables, blends, and words.

- Teaching Fluency
Fluency is being able to read quickly while understanding the meaning of what you are reading. Less fluent readers spend a lot of time decoding words and sentences, which is why it is difficult to understand the overall text. The best teaching practice for fluency is repeated reading aloud with immediate feedback from the instructor. The instructor may comment on the speed and accuracy levels and help with difficult words.

- Teaching Vocabulary
We use only about 10,000 words in spoken English, while in writing we use at least a million! If an adult non-reader comes across vocabulary (words in a language), that they don't know the meaning of, their comprehension of the text will be interrupted. Even if they can sound out the word correctly, they will have trouble putting the surrounding words together into meaningful sentences.

- Teaching Reading Comprehension
When we read a text, we are able to comprehend, or interpret the meaning or message without speaking to the writer. Unconsciously or sometimes purposefully, we use comprehension strategies as a critical thinking tool.

- Using Assessments
Assessments are used to monitor a reader's progress. They are not a form of teaching but are crucial in measuring the outcomes of the activities presented. Assessment tools are wide ranging, from standardized tests to observation. Instructors need them to determine the student's ongoing reading skill level and how to address it - can the student move on to more advanced learning or do they need to review? Students are assessed in formal and informal situations.

Lesson Summary
There are five connected teaching methods used to help adult non-readers obtain basic reading skills. The methods are connected and require similar instructional strategies:

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Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 1:33pm On Dec 05, 2023
LAGOS ADULT EDUCATION

STEPS TO TEACHING ENGLISH TO AN ADULT

- Keep it simple, stupid.

- Always check for understanding.

- Give them lots of time to practice.

- Show, don't tell.

- Always use positive reinforcement.

- Don't be boring.
Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 10:05pm On Dec 12, 2023
ADULT EDUCATION TO READ & WRITE IN ENGLISH

We teach adults with little or no formal education how to read, write, speak, spell and listen. We help students to write and read very basic texts and sentences easily. To enable students to communicate in very simple English. We caoch them on elementary arithmetic of addition, substraction, multiplication and division. We guide and encourage our pupils to build confidence in themselves.

WE Teach:

- English alphabet
- Word formation
- Sound production
- Numbers, colours and shapes
- Months of the year, days of the week, date and time
- Reading & comprehension, writing, grammar and oral English
- Addition, Substraction, Multiplication & Division.

Duration: 9 months

Assignment, class work, test, debates, presentations and examination are taking periodically and at the end of the session and certificates of participation are issued to students at the end of their program.

FEES:
#45,000/Per term/3months

List of textbooks and other study materials will be given to students to purchase from bookshop.

LOCATION:

SYMMETRIC ADULT EDUCATION
Suite 35, Mota Complex,
Opposite Harmony Estate,
Ifako-Gbagada,
Lagos State,
Nigeria.

LESSON DAYS:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:a.m. to 1:p.m.
Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 3:08pm On Dec 24, 2023
HOW TO TEACH ADULT ADULTS TO READ

Adult learners bring their own set of needs to the table. The amount of knowledge adult learners start out with can vary widely. It's important to assess what your students know, so you can figure out where to begin. Try working on the alphabet and sounds first, then help them pull those together into words. After that, you can build up towards fluency and comprehension
Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 12:51pm On Jan 01
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Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by Mediamix247: 3:34pm On Jan 07
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ADULT EDUCATION TO READ & WRITE IN ENGLISH

We teach adults with little or no formal education how to read, write, speak, spell and listen. We help students to write and read very basic texts and sentences easily. To enable students to communicate in very simple English. We coach them on elementary arithmetic of addition, substraction, multiplication and division. We guide and encourage our pupils to build confidence in themselves.

WE Teach:

- English alphabet
- Word formation
- Sound production
- Numbers, colours and shapes
- Months of the year, days of the week, date and time
- Reading & comprehension, writing, grammar and oral English
- Addition, Substraction, Multiplication & Division.

Duration: 12 months

Assignment, class work, test, debates, presentations and examination are taking periodically and at the end of the session and certificates of participation are issued to students at the end of their program.

FEES:
#50,000/Per term/4months

List of textbooks and other study materials will be given to students to purchase from bookshop.

LOCATION:

SYMMETRIC ADULT EDUCATION
Suite 35, Mota Complex,
Opposite Harmony Estate,
Ifako-Gbagada,
Lagos State,
Nigeria.

LESSON DAYS:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:a.m. to 1:p.m.
Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 4:35pm On Jan 27
How to Teach English Phonics to Adults

The ability to read and write proficiently can boost self-confidence. Overcoming the challenge of learning phonics can provide a
sense of accomplishment and self-efficacy, leading to an increase in self-esteem.

This confidence can translate into a more proactive and engaged approach to personal and professional learning and development.

Overall, the importance of phonics for adults cannot be overstated. It is a crucial aspect of literacy, communication, and personal development. As
educators, we should prioritize and advocate for phonics education for
adults, recognizing its potential to transform lives and open up new
opportunities.

How to Teach English Phonics to Adults

The Basics of English Phonics

Phonics is an integral aspect of English language learning, especially for
adults as well as children. It involves the correlation of sounds (phonemes) with their written symbols (graphemes), which includes letters and letter groups.

Understanding phonics is paramount in helping adults improve their
reading and pronunciation skills.

An Overview of Phonemes, Graphemes, and Diagraphs

A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in a word, while a grapheme is the smallest unit of written language that represents a phoneme. For example, the word ‘cat’ consists of three phonemes (/k/, /æ/, /t/) and three matching graphemes (c, a, t).

Diagraphs, on the other hand, are a type of grapheme that comprises two
letters representing one sound. They can either be consonant diagraphs
such as ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’, or vowel diagraphs like ‘ai’, ‘oo’, ‘ea’. Recognizing these elements is crucial for adults to accurately decode and produce English words.

Consonant and Vowel Sounds in English Phonics

In English phonics, we distinguish between consonant and vowel sounds.

Consonants are sounds made by obstructing the airflow in some way by
using the oral tract, such as ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, while vowels are voiced sounds
produced without blocking the airflow, e.g., ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘u’.

There are 21 consonant letters in English, but 24 consonant sounds, and
while there are five vowel letters, there are 20 vowel sounds.

This discrepancy between letter and sound quantity can pose a challenge to adults learning English phonics, but with persistent practice, they can
master these variances.

Understanding Syllables and Word Stress in Phonics.

A syllable is a single, unbroken sound of a spoken word, and it’s a
fundamental building block of phonics. Every English word has at least
one syllable, and understanding how to identify them can significantly enhance reading fluency.

Word stress, another vital aspect of phonics, refers to the emphasis
placed on a syllable in a word. English is a stress-timed language, meaning some syllables are longer, and some are shorter. For example, in the word ‘example’, the first syllable is stressed, denoted as /g.zæm.pəl/.

Overall, English phonics is a complex yet fascinating topic that underpins effective language learning.

For adults learning English, mastering the basics of phonics—understanding phonemes, graphemes, diagraphs, consonant and vowel sounds, and the concept of syllables and word stress—can significantly improve their reading and pronunciation skills.

Conclusion

In the journey of teaching English phonics to adults, we’ve discovered it’s not a one-size-fts-all process, but rather an exploration of unique learning paths.

We’ve learned that patience, creativity, and a keen understanding of
individual learning paces are paramount.

As we continue to adapt our methods to better meet adult learners’ needs, we reaffirm our commitment to making phonics education an engaging and rewarding experience.

WE TEACH ADULTS HOW TO READ & WRITE IN LAGOS - NIGERIA.

Contact:
Symmetric Adult Education.

Re: It's Never Too Late To Learn How To Read & Write by AdultEducation(m): 4:21pm On Feb 11
IMPORTANT SPELLING RULES IN ENGLISH

When ‘see’ and ‘sea’ both have the same pronunciation and when ‘through’ and ‘trough’ have two different pronunciations, it is not that easy for a new language learner to understand why it is so. It is to help with such scenarios that we have spelling rules. Not everything can be made sense of using spelling rules. For some words (no matter how much you try to reason out), it is just the way it is. However, here are some of the most important spelling rules to help you understand how a particular word should be spelt.

- Adding Prefixes

In most case scenarios, the spelling of the base word does not change when adding prefixes. Prefixes like un-, in-, dis-, im-, re-, pre-, post-, mis-, under-, over- and non- are merely added to the words without changing its spelling. Understanding which prefix to use can also be a challenge at times. Take a look at the following examples to understand how prefixes work.

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