ADED 640

Methods and Strategies of Teaching Adult Literacy

4 Graduate credits
Effective May 6, 2020 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course deals with the introductory, intermediate and advanced methods and strategies of teaching adult literacy, paying special attention to teaching English communication for the workplace. As part of our framework, we will use major adult learning theories such as transformative, self-directed, experiential, and cooperative, in order to explore various aspects of adult development as they relate to life-long learning. The course uses extensive readings, class discussions, and site observations of adult basic education centers, community education, and workplace basic education settings to address adult teaching strategies in various environments. The course in particular will address the following topics: learning and improving English and literacy as an adult; initial, intermediate, and advanced approaches to teaching reading, writing and communications skills; theories of learning and curriculum design; technology as a teaching tool; teaching students with disabilities; and cultural and gender discrimination.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to the Adult Basic Education Certificate program.

Learning outcomes


  • Assess and evaluate various methods and strategies of teaching advanced literacy to skills adults
  • Evaluate various strategies for teaching English as a foreign language in academic and post-secondary settings
  • Critically assess technology as method of knowledge delivery in adult education settings
  • Evaluate the methods and strategies of teaching learners with disabilities, cultural and gender differences.