Short stories for adults learning to read
We have taken five short stories from our collection of Books for Blokes (“Rough Justice” and “Caught in the Act”) and created an online reading resource to encourage aspiring adult readers. Primarily aimed at young adult male readers (16-30), these books are engaging, funny and appealing to most adult audiences. We were fortunate too have local presenter Matt Lawrey read the stories for us.
Building reading independence & improving reading fluency in adult readers
Stories Online is an on-screen reading experience with embedded learning support available on modern devices (iPad, iPhone, smart phones) to encourage reading independence and the joy of reading.
Getting with it - Going high-tech
Tutors considered the changing technology – the increasing use of video formats and mobile devices for communication – as significant developments that had implications for how we might address the needs of adult learners.
Looking for help?
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Who will our stories online help?
Currently, there are about 250,000 adults in New Zealand who require reading support. Caught up in a spiral of failure at school, these adults tend to have low self-esteem and learned helplessness. They associate reading with ‘testing’.
The DSL resource is suited to most adult learners because of its appealing, low stress delivery and research based design.
The Stories Online give added reading support. Two key behaviours of fluent readers were identified and features incorporated into the resource that would train the reader into these behaviours. More about the theory behind the DSL resource can be found on the theory behind the DSL resource page.
To help our tutors use this resource we created a tutors manual with ideas, questions and vocabulary to help them support their students.
Download the Tutors Manual: Digitally Supported Learning - Tutors Manual (PDF) (2409 downloads)