Adult Learners (ESL and Adult Ed)

Following Blumenfeld’s Alpha-phonics presentation of the letters for ESL students is helpful. As outlined for younger students, this is a well founded method for learning to read and write concurrently. Establishing the letters as sound-symbols while inscribing how they combine into words is most helpful in mastering the complexities of spelling and pronunciation in the English language. The word lists, though rudimentary, are helpful in the beginning. Making up more pertinent sample sentences and utilizing the adult beginner reading section in the library would afford a richer, more appropriate supplementation for the ESL adult.

The key is always consistent daily practice — just fifteen to twenty minutes a day. Practice … not to be perfect, rather to maintain and support competency and proficiency. Always end letters and words to the right. Persist! The way we write is the way we think. Writing supports our ways of thinking and affirms our attitudes. Dream big. Act with integrity. Keep moving forward toward your goals!

It may be helpful to learn in a group setting, yet daily routine practice is imperative. Choose the first initial as one of three letters to incorporate into routine daily practice. Do these three letters for forty days, then pick another three letters for another forty days. See what happens!