I was seven years old when I started school. I don't ever remember learning the sounds of my letters. That is probably why I had such a hard time learning to read. When I look back on those days, I feel sick that I never learned all those things. When my children started school, I thought maybe I would be able to learn with them. I would hear my husband helping them while I was doing dishes. I learned
some things, but I didn’t learn how to read. When I used to take a friend to the library to get books I would say to myself, “I wonder what it would be like to sit down and read a book.” That was always the worst part about going to the library, not being able to read a book.
Sometimes my husband would be reading the newspaper and he would say “Listen to this,” and we would laugh about how some things were worded. Even though I couldn’t read those letters to the editor I could tell there were mistakes. After my husband passed away I thought “What am I going to do?” I didn’t know how to read very well. One day I made a phone call to a lady by the name of Deborah who looks after the Adult Literacy program in Fredericton. And a while later I met my tutor.
It wasn’t easy for me to do this but I’m glad I did. I have a good tutor and she has helped me to understand many things. My reading is getting better every day. I get quite excited when I read a paragraph and get every word right, even the big words. It makes me feel great to read a story from beginning to end. I look at the newspaper every day for articles that interest me. I bought a book
about the McAdam Train Station and liked it so much that I asked the library to order the other two books in the series! I have also learned some math.
My children gave me an iPad and at Adult Literacy Fredericton I learned how to use it. I got better at email and I use the online dictionary for difficult words so I can hear how to say them. I even showed my grandson how to use it. Now, I can search for more information about what I have read.
I have learned so much since I have been going to Adult Literacy. Every day my tutor helps me feel a little better about myself. If you have the same problem, you have to take the first step.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about our initiative to improve the Literacy, Numeracy and Digital skills within the adult population across the province.
Since 1981, Laubach Literacy New Brunswick has been changing countless lives for the better. With this article, we hope to bring an understanding of the current literary situation and inspire heartfelt sensitivity to the people with low literacy skill levels. This article is not filled with global/country versus provincial statistics, it does however, paint a picture of the invisible reality that surrounds each and every one of us on an individual basis.
The people who are supported by this revolution are your teens, your parents, your neighbours, your co-workers, and even may include some of your closest friends. We welcome everyone between the ages of 16 and 106!
For those who donât see it, and for those who hide it, Literacy is, in effect an âinvisible challengeâ. Many of these adults either cannot read, or have difficultly reading print/digital materials encountered in their daily lives. Including receipts and bills, food and medical labels, as well as bank statements and legal documentation, just to name a few.
Some of these people are employed, others are self-employed, and because they may be unfamiliar with the complexity of some reading, writing, numerical or digital content, they tend to avoid such situations and rely on others to get the job done. There is a considerable amount of adults with low literacy skills who do not participate in the work force, and if they do, they are often the first to lose their jobs when times get tough. If they are fortunate to keep their jobs, the chances of getting promotions are next to none.
Most adults with low literacy rates become very anxious, they feel ashamed, and donât want to be found out for fear of being ridiculed. We get that, and thatâs why we exist! Through our revolution, we recognize the right of all New Brunswickers to improve their skills, to access learning opportunities and enjoy a better, healthier quality of life. Thatâs why we continually promote safe and effective learning solutions that are free and confidential.
âThe possibilities are literally limitless with the help of Laubach Literacy NBâs regional councils and their local tutorsâ.
It is our hope that the words on this page are creating a spark within you that will instil a sense of hope and responsibility toward the people in your community. That you now have a deeper understanding of why reaching out for help as an adult takes a lot of courage (hence the reason many are reluctant to take that first step).
IN SHORT, ADULTS WHO ARE EMPOWERED THROUGH LITERACY:
Despite the level of awareness, education and personal contacts practiced regularly, there are still many people, those who really need our help, who are not getting the message. Equally, there as many who are not aware we exist. If they are aware, may fear they wonât be able to afford it.
Letâs take a stand and put a stop to low literacy levels here in New Brunswick.
We have made taking stand easy. All you have to do is choose one or more from the selection below and we will send you an email with the necessary information or instructions to help you take part in the NB Adult Literacy Revolution.
On average, adults read at a speed of between 200 and 300 words per minutes. This is the same reading rate as students who are in the 6th grade. Many resources also state that for success in college, an adult must be able to read between 350 and 450 words per minute. Looking at adults in the workplace, the same is likely true for them as well.
Recently on our Facebook page, we created a post about reading for 20 minutes per day for 20 days straight and asked our community what kind of impact that would make for them. Someone mentioned that for him, it might mean that he would actually finish a book. Another person posted that she already does this every evening. Someone else tagged a friend to challenge them and in return, said this could help her follow through with setting aside 20 minutes each day for reading.
For every person, their reading scenario will be completely different. For some, they may not like to read for unique and personal reasons that are not visible, for others, they may like to read but find they are too busy.
Finding time to read can be challenging when you are busy, but it’s not impossible. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Whether you are a student, own your own business or work for someone else, you already read more than you think. From blogs, news, industry reports and everything in between, you'd be surprised at the amount of time you spend reading.
Making a conscious decision to pick up a book/e-book, magazine or other content when you are not at work will benefit you in many ways, here are just a few:
A daily reading ritual has been said to:
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