How to Make Adult Literacy More Culturally-Linguistically Responsive (with only $1000)

On June 4th, Dr. Hamilton and the LiLaC Research team wrapped up their Community and Civic Engagement grant with the Lee County Literacy Coalition (LCLC) by presenting current LCLC president, Faith Twiggs, with the final products.

In the fall of 2018, Dr. Hamilton and her team earned a $1000 grant from Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts to collaborate with the tutors and Board members of LCLC to develop more culturally and linguistically responsive adult literacy materials for African American English-speaking learners. The team worked diligently for two semesters to create evidence-based quality materials.

photo of books, videos, and assessment materials

So, how did Dr. Hamilton and her team make adult literacy more culturally-linguistically responsive with only $1000?

1. Revised current assessment materials to make them more culturally responsive.
2. Presented a workshop and conducted a training using the revised assessment materials. The workshop and training were offered to both tutors and Board members; participants learned how to differ reading errors from dialect patterns.
3. Purchased 3 books that address cultural-linguistic issues for LCLC library.
4. Purchased 2 copies of Talking Black in America by renowned sociolinguist Walt Wolfram for LCLC library.




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