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ADED 620 Introduction to Adult Literacy

This course will cover foundational literacy, and adult foundational literacy skills needed in the workplace and the broader community. The course will address the definitions of foundational basic skills needed in the workplace, community, and family. We will review the evolution of adult literacy in the US, and in Minnesota in particular, and will look at programs, funding, program planning, and the role of employers and unions. The course will also address the need for writing in plain language for low-literacy employees. Finally, the course will also analyze and assess community literacy programs. We will also cover ways of reaching underrepresented groups; the role of community in state and local government; new social action approaches to literacy education; and related issues such as poverty and welfare, ethnicity, cultural diversity, social class, language and learning, and literacy as a tool of empowerment.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to the Adult Basic Education Certificate program.
4 Graduate credits

Effective May 6, 2020 to May 3, 2021

Learning outcomes


  • Critically examine the social and economic and cultural barriers to literacy proficiency in the US
  • Identify and assess the foundational skills needed in the workplace, community, and family
  • Critically assess the role literacy plays in social and economic empowerment, and as a foundation for lifelong learning
  • Analyze and assess literacy programs and new social action approaches to literacy.

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Introduction to Adult Literacy Woldeab, Daniel Books Course details