Students in Adult Literacy Class Talk about We All Can Read In the following two audio files approximately twenty students in the same adult literacy class discuss their experiences, hopes and ambitions, and their success using the We All Can Read program. In order to protect the privacy of these individuals, only the audio portion of these files is presented.
Students discuss the impact of the We All
Can Read program on their lives. (4 minutes and 11 seconds)
"I would like to say something about the program. I know it' a sure thing; it's slow, but it's sure. It's not something that you can walk out the door and forget. You can always remember the sounds...On my job I have to do a lot of writing, and it is just a whiz now when it use to be a problem. You would get a difficult word that you hadn't heard before, and it would be a problem. But with the sounds, I just think about the sounds, and I have the word...It's so sure; it's there; it's solid. It's not anything you can forget."
Students discuss issues of embarrassment, low self-esteem,
job discrimination, and why learning to read is so important.
(5 minutes and 43 seconds)
Student 1: "Right now I can't pick up something and read it; the reason I came to school was so that when I pick up something, I can read it." Student 2: "Well I think not knowing how to read is a handicap on all parts, on everything. If you can't read, you can't do anything but what you have to. And that is why I am here; I am tired of the struggle." Student 3: "I felt left out and lost like you are missing something, like you want to quit, not getting anywhere." Student 4: "If you can read, you don't have to depend on somebody else to do something for you...I don't have to wait around and wait on somebody else to tell me what to do, how to do it, and how they want it done." Student 5: "Where I'm working now, I have to do the harder jobs, cuz I can't read that well. It's rough; I have to take the hard jobs...I'm the only one who can't read." Instructor: "That will change, won't it? Student 6: "The main reason I want to learn how to read is because I have two boys, one in the ninth grade and one in the fifth grade. And they bring paperwork home...and it hurts me that they know that I can't read. But now I can take their papers and read some of the words. I don't know all the words, but I can understand now most of what it's all about."
Students participate in a phonics lesson and read
nonsense words from the We All Can Read program.
(2 minutes and 31 seconds)