In 2016, a new edited book on adult literacy was published by Sense Publications. The book is called "Beyond Economic Interests: Critical Perspectives on Adult Literacy and Numeracy in a Globalised World". It was edited by Keiko Yasukawa and Stephen Black (both from the University of Technology Sydney). The book critiques the increasingly heavy emphasis on the economic benefits of adult literacy and presents counter-arguments to the narrow economic focus. Tannis Atkinson and Nancy Jackson published their review of the book in Literacy and Numeracy Studies. You can access the entire book review through this link.
A recent article was published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy talking about a potentially helpful approach for older readers to improve their reading capability. With the goals of word recognition accuracy and automaticity, the authors found Read Two Impress a potentially useful method for older learners with the combination of repeated readings and neurological impress method. The tutor reads a text out loud with the learner and then adjusts the pace to be slightly ahead of the learner. Then, the learner reads the text by himself; the tutor looks for expression similar to the way she has sounded. Finally, the process is focused on chunks of text and is repeated several times a week for about 20-30 minutes each time.
Reference: Ortlieb, E., & Young, C. (2016). Never too old: A how-to guide for developing adult readers' oral reading skills. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 60(2), 213-216.
Abstract: Despite efforts to promote literacy in the early years, millions of people in the United States and countless more abroad are functionally illiterate. The importance of improving adult literacy proficiency is unquestionable; however, the pedagogical approaches to support this monumental undertaking have been scarcely researched. Moreover, the nature of what constitutes literacy today is ever changing. This article introduces a practical approach for teachers/tutors to support adult literacy improvement through using specific strategies such as Read Two Impress.
Access the article here (a fee is required)
As you may know, I like to knit and I like adult literacy too. Parkdale Project Read is a small community-based literacy organization in Toronto that I've supported for quite a few years and we're holding a knit-a-thon as a fundraising event.
Yes, we'll be knitting all day! Come down and support us at 1209 King St. W. here in Toronto or make a donation here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/purl-purl-read-ppr-knit-a-thon-30th-anniversary--3/