Working in a small group has tremendous advantages for adult learners; it provides the opportunity to practice their language and skills in a low-pressure setting, makes it possible for them to learn from and teach one another, and builds community in the classroom. However, sometimes certain learners take on most of the responsibility for their group, while others are reluctant to contribute. Assigning roles within the group helps to promote equal participation, and distributes accountability.
If you were unable to attend the amazing Pro Literacy Conference last month there is a good chance you also missed out on meeting a number of semi-finalists for The Adult Literacy X-Prize https://adultliteracy.xprize.org/ . The contest supported by the Barbra Bush Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has a vision " to empower the nearly one in six low-literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams."
When Karen Verburg worked for a family collaboration in six elementary schools in Mankato Area Public Schools, she served as a support between home and school and often knew adult ESL students as the parents of her elementary students. Since she retired from her long career in K-12, she has spent much of her free time volunteering with those parents, along with other adults, at the Mankato Area Adult Basic Education program.