Opening the Door to Potential
An adult's struggle with low literacy can be a devastating family legacy, a barrier to financial stability, and an emotional obstacle to overcome. The key to reducing that struggle is Adult Basic Education (ABE). It unlocks the potential in the individual by opening up reading, writing and math skills, by teaching basic study skills, and by providing basic job readiness education. In addition, many ABE instructors work to include simple computer instruction, basic financial skills, and health related education into their classes.
Basic Skills Instruction (Reading, Writing, and Math)
The ability to read, write, speak, compute, and problem-solve in English: lessons focus on the alphabet, grammar, comprehension, and numeracy.
The ability to get and keep a job, and eventually move up in a chosen career field, while fully participating in the economy, at home, and in the community is the goal. Lessons focus on reading, problem solving, math, information technology, and specialized vocabulary.
The ability to understand and discuss basic principles involved in earning, spending, saving, and investing is the basis for financial literacy. Lessons focus on understanding a budget, billing statements, pay statements, loan agreements, and other financial documents.
The ability to understand and use computers and technology to solve problems, research, and build data are taught in computer literacy classes. Lessons focus on use of basic software programs, the internet, and e-mail.
Health literacy instruction teaches students how to obtain, process, and understand basic information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Lessons focus on how to access care, recognize important health indicators, navigate healthcare facilities, complete medical forms, communicate with healthcare professionals, and follow directions from healthcare providers.
Family literacy focuses on the importance of parents and children learning together. Lessons include reading and writing, basic language skills, and parenting education.