Montana RIB Update




We have covered a lot of ground during the past few months.  Regarding the reading portion of RIB, we have posted several items on Assessment, Phonemic Awareness, Decoding, and Fluency which cover the area that the NIFL Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles website refers to as Alphabetics (Print Skills):

  • Phonemics
    • Word Recognition
    • Sight Words
  • Word Analysis
  • Spelling
  • Rate and Fluency

Besides these items, though, there have been postings about math, comprehension, websites, stats, classroom strategies, etc.  More than 30% of Montana ABLE professional participants have sent in postings to MT LINCS RIB.  Not bad!  However, we know that many of you are waiting for what you might feel is the meat of reading -- comprehension.  But first, we can transition to that by talking about the next layer of the reading sandwich - vocabulary!



How fortunate it is for MT LINCS RIB that the National Institute for Literacy is hosting another webcast this Friday!  And the webcast will be on one of the things we have "talked" about, fluency, and on this month's topic, vocabulary.  This will be a great way to move on to reading comprehension! 


If you haven't already registered, click here to register: 



Vocabulary development with adult readers can be very interesting.  Why?  Well, many of our adult "readers" have a larger bank of oral vocabulary than they do reading vocabulary due to their many varied experiences.  Yep, some of them can "talk the talk but not walk the walk"! =)






Adult beginning readers are not likely to encounter many words during reading lessons that are not in their oral vocabularies, so vocabulary instruction may be less important for them than it is for mid-to-high level readers (Strucker, 1997a).

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults:  First Steps for Teachers (McShane, 2005, p.60)


So this is where ABLE comes in again - especially when we are dealing with content area reading.  Many of our students (whether they are Native Speakers of English -- NSE -- or Non-Native Speakers of English -- NNSE) have not had exposure to secondary curriculum areas.






Trend 7

ABE readers' vocabulary growth may be dependent upon reading ability.  Although their life experience may give them an advantage on vocabulary knowledge at lower reading levels, this advantage may disappear at higher reading levels.  (Kruidenier, 2002).

Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (Krudenier, 2002, p.24) 


Trend 10

Beginning readers' reading vocabulary may be increased using an approach that combines listening comprehension instruction in a content area, high-interest texts generated from listening comprehension exercises, and phonics and multi-sensory skills work using the same content-oriented texts.  (Kruidenier, 2002).

Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (Krudenier, 2002, p.24)


    • MT LINCS Pilot Project has many viable links for several curriculum areas.  Check it out!
  • Worksheet:  Check out a couple of teaching resources/strategies below by clicking on the title.


QUESTIONS FOR THINKING/DISCUSSION:  You may reply to this email.


    1. How do you assess vocabulary?
    2. What kind of vocabulary instruction do you use? 
    3. What vocabulary strategies do you use for teaching content vocabulary?  Math?  Social Studies?  Science?



We may think of reading as a sandwich with a variety of layers.  Some of our students only need the jelly because they already have the peanut butter.  Yet others need a complete Dagwood sandwich with all of the holiday leftovers on it -- plus some!  Yes, many of us would like to take things off our plate this time of year.  However, when we are working with our students, regardless of the content, we know that we are always "running to the fridge" for more ingredients.  What kind of sandwich is on your plate?  How about sharing some of your "ingredients" with your colleagues?



After the holidays, we all have plenty of leftovers. 

Bring them to the Montana ABLE's Staff Lounge!

We'll try anything!!!




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