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1.  MTLINCS Research Item #10:  Reading and the College Student

Many of the students in Montana ABLE programs are retooling to get ready to enter post-secondary training.  However, whether we want to admit it or not, some still have difficulty with decoding and fluency.  Yes, these are important skills that really affect a student's ability to be successful in college.  The December 2008 article, Decoding and Fluency Problems of Poor College Readers, states the following: 

College instructors often assume that their students have mastered basic reading skills, such as phonics, word recognition, and fluency (Dietrich, 1994). However, many college students in developmental reading courses, as well as those who have reading disabilities, have insufficient word recognition, limited phonics skills, and laborious reading rates - three reading components that contribute to these students' comprehension difficulties (Bell & Perfetti, 1994; Martino & Hoffman, 2002; Sabatini, 1997) ...

In summary, research clearly suggests that phonics and word decoding problems pose significant challenges for many struggling college readers and that these problems impact their comprehension skills ...

It is not enough for word decoding and recognition processes to be accurate; they must also be rapid so that readers can devote their mental energies toward comprehension (Sabatini, 1997) ...

Capotosto, Lauren.  "Decoding and Fluency Problems of Poor College Readers." National College Transition Network, Issue 8.  December 2008  <>

Need some strategies to help transition your students with reading challenges?  Click here to check out this interesting article at the National College Transition Network at


    • Do many of your students experience difficulty with decoding and fluency problems?  How do you know?
    • What kind of strategies do you recommend to them?  

2.  Math in the Workplace

Check out "Maths at Work"!  This UK website has been designed to offer glimpses of the real world of work via video clips, to help learners appreciate not only the relevance of mathematics but its importance in every day life. The clips feature the people who are actually doing the job and explain some of the maths processes that they are involved with on a daily basis.  Click here at .

3.  Economic Stimulus Job Bill Signed into Law

Click here to see information about the Economic Stimulus Job Bill from Denise Juneau, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. The  information is posted in the March section of the OPIABLE Update page.

4.  Statement by Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)

Cheryl L. Keenan, director of OVAE's Division of Adult Education and Literacy, testified Feb. 26 before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness on reauthorization of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). Keenan emphasized the key role adult education can play in America's economic recovery because it provides basic literacy skills that are critical for gaining employment that provides family-supporting wages.

5.  ESL Resource:  Hotel T.E.A.C.H. Project Curriculum

This US website contains a curriculum to address the needs of immigrant adults employed in back of the house jobs in hotels.  

6.  MPAEA Conference in Las Vegas

Several Montanans were able to attend the MPAEA Conference in Las Vegas last week.  Maybe some of them would like to share their thoughts about the conference.  If so, click here to send them to MTLINCS to post. 


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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101