`It is a useful and practical resource which, even if not used for the purposes of staff development, contains helpful insights into something we often talk about but rarely stop to examine' - Adult Learners Self-esteem is a major factor in learning outcomes, with research consistently showing a positive relationship between how a person values themselves and their level of academic attainment. This book shows tutors how to build self-esteem in adult learners, especially those engaged on courses to improve literacy skills. The author presents a structured programme designed to raise self-esteem and also presents a theoretical basis for the development of self-esteem. Practical activities and

Assessing Progress and Maintaining Motivation

Assessing progress and maintaining motivation

People enrolled on basic literacy courses are usually those who have failed to acquire their literacy skills when at school. Returning to a formal learning environment and finding themselves once again in a teacher-pupil relationship can evoke past memories of schooldays. It is not surprising, therefore, that many of them show an initial apprehension as past memories of previous failures return. They are likely to worry that the inadequacies they regularly displayed as children in the classroom will be displayed once more. This places a heavy responsibility on the tutor to ensure that these feelings disappear early in the programme. As students develop rapport with their tutor and begin to appreciate the tutor's concern and the ...

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