Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Michael Jerald


Although much work has previously been done on teaching the illiterate, I feel that much of it is quite rhetorical, theorical, and not complete or easy to follow. This paper dwells on a very practical approach to teaching the illiterate how to read and write, much of which I have devised, used, and tested its validity.

I have proceeded from assuming the student is at point zero and built his ability to read and write through the use of specific activities appropriate to his level of competency.

This is an easy to follow and complete guide to teaching reading and writing for the ESL teacher.


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