Reading for pleasure

Learning to read: Tips from adult learners

Adult learners give their advice.

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Click on the picture above to hear tips from adults who have been on reading and writing courses.



If there's somebody out there that's in my same position, who couldn't read and write, I'd say to them, "Stop and think about what sort of life you could have if you could learn to read and write. It's not as scary as you think."


Join a reading group at your local library or consider going back to college. It will change your life.


There is help, you've just got to ask. "Ask someone," that’s all I'd say. Ask, and you get.


Maybe go through your local council. Don't hesitate to do it, because in the long term, it will benefit you.


There is people that will help you. You'll be surprised. Your local community centres, places like that. Don't give in. Don't give in. Get at it, no matter how old you are or how young you are. I tell you, it alters your life.

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  • Short film about adult literacy learners offering advice to people who want to improve their reading skills.
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