What Kind of Adult Literacy Policy will help all Adults Develop the English Language and Literacy Skills they Need to Participate Fully in American Life? (1994)

This summary paper was prepared by staff of the National Institute for Literacy in the U.S. to stimulate discussion at a policy forum in Washington DC in June of 1994.

The purpose of this paper is to provide background information to complement the discussion about what can be done to ensure that adults without English language and literacy proficiency develop the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

The central question is how to build an adult education system that has the capacity to:

a) end welfare by enabling refugees and immigrants to develop the English language skills they need to assure self-sufficiency for their families,
b) assure that every child comes to school ready to learn by building the English language and literacy skills of non-English speaking parents, and
c) prepare a work force with the flexibility to compete in a global economy by using the skills and talents -- including native language skills -- of all work-age adults, and building their skills and knowledge so that they can continually adapt to changes in the workplace and the world around them.

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National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). What Kind of Adult Literacy Policy will help all Adults Develop the English Language and Literacy Skills they Need to Participate Fully in American Life? 1994. Web. 21 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/report4/rep36-40/rep40.pdf>
National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) (1994). What Kind of Adult Literacy Policy will help all Adults Develop the English Language and Literacy Skills they Need to Participate Fully in American Life?. Retrieved September 21, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/report4/rep36-40/rep40.pdf
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