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What does a Adult Literacy Teacher do?

Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

What are the Main Tasks of a Adult Literacy Teacher?

  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests, and issue grades in accordance with performance.
  • Conduct classes, workshops, and demonstrations to teach principles, techniques, or methods in subjects such as basic English language skills, life skills, and workforce entry skills.
  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Observe students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Register, orient, and assess new students according to standards and procedures.
  • Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
  • Prepare students for further education by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Select, order, and issue books, materials, and supplies for courses or projects.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons that promote learning, following approved curricula.
  • Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and professionals in the development of instructional programs.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Participate in publicity planning, community awareness efforts, and student recruitment.
  • Provide information, guidance, and preparation for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
  • Write grants to obtain program funding.
  • Select and schedule class times to ensure maximum attendance.
  • Confer with leaders of government and community groups to coordinate student training or to find opportunities for students to fulfill curriculum requirements.
  • Observe and evaluate the performance of other instructors.
  • Train and assist tutors and community literacy volunteers.
  • Advise students on internships, prospective employers, and job placement services.
  • Write instructional articles on designated subjects.
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