What Are the Different Types of Literacy Resources?

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There are several different types of literacy resources geared toward particular segments of the population that need assistance in gaining basic literacy. These resources include materials, classes and support for recent immigrants, children who are just learning to read as well as those who have learning disabilities. In some cases, individuals may best be able to achieve literacy by taking classes or working with a tutor. Libraries and schools can provide reading materials designed for those who are learning to read, including books for children as well as adults who need materials written at a very basic level. Television programming and websites may also provide support for literacy in the form of literacy-focused classes, activities, and exercises.

In many countries, reading is an important developmental milestone for children. There are numerous literacy resources for parents and teachers designed to assist these adults in both teaching children how to read as well as encouraging these children to read independently. These resources can be found in community centers, schools and libraries, and may include collections of children's literature that can be borrowed, programs that give books to children, as well as in school and after school reading classes for children who may need additional assistance in learning to read.


Adults who are unable to read may have learning disabilities and as such, need individualized literacy resources. Some communities provide these adults with screenings for learning disabilities along with comprehensive services and helping them to overcome their disability and learn to read. Some areas may also rely on volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with adults who have a desire to read but are unable to do so. In some cases, these adults may benefit from reading books written for adults who are just learning to read. These books typically have adult themes and describe adult situations while using plain language and uncomplicated syntax in order to not frustrate their readers.

Other literacy resources are geared towards teenagers and adults who are recent immigrants and who need to learn to read the language of the area in which they currently live. Literacy courses may be offered in high schools or community colleges as well as in adult education programs offered by community agencies and private organizations, such as religious organizations. Literacy resources for this population may also be found in libraries along with book clubs and other services to targeted specifically toward various immigrant groups.


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