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How can an adult get interested in reading?

"I am interested in helping myself. My kids read well. They are both in advance reading classes.I am struggling to read because I lost interest during the civil war in my country. I guessed at that time I was depressed. However, since I arrived in the USA, I just can't read an article of 100 words. I hope there is a program to help me."

Asked by Catherine via email.  
In Topics: School and Academics, Motivation and achievement at school
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Nov 9, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing in to JustAsk!

First, BRAVO for wanting to read better and with more ease!  Reading is a life long skill.

Local colleges often offer an English as a Second Language Program and  assistive reading programs for adult learners.  Often these programs  have funding, so see if you can apply for any special scholarships.

Also, consider finding out about literacy programs as mentioned by a fellow poster.

Consider hiring, at your own expense, a new reading teacher who most likely could use a few extra dollars and would be very motivated to help tutor you with learning to read! (This could be a win-win situation!)

Ask your local library to show you books that help adults with reading skills.  Read short books, even children's books, magazines and about anything you can get your hands on!  Also, put the closed captioning function on your television (CC).  Although sometimes inaccurate during real time television programs, this has been a very successful method to teach reading and reinforce skills.

GOOD LUCK!!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families
http://www.SigningFamilies.com

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lravidlearner
lravidlearner , Teacher, Parent writes:
There is definitely a program to help you.  Every town has a service  that offers free tutoring to help adults improve their reading and writing skills.  You work out a time once or twice a week to meet with your tutor at a time that fits both of your schedules.

To find the location closest to you, look it up in America's Literacy Directory.  You put in your zip code or city.  Then check the box "Help with Reading and Writing", then click "Search".  You'll get a list of nearby locations.  Click "Details" of a location to get the phone number to call.  Here is the link:

http://www.literacydirectory.org/

It's wonderful that you're determined to improve your reading skills.  It will help you tremendously.  I've tutored dozens of adults to improve their reading.  They all did well with determination and effort.  It improved their self esteem and helped them get better paying jobs.
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BruceDeitrickPrice
BruceDeitri... , Teacher writes:
Can you, in fact, read? Using phonics. That's primary.

Next, don't be swayed by what people tell you to read. Go to magazine racks or libraries and look for what catches your interest. Read for fun. Hobbies. Comics. Sports. Humorous poetry, song, and even nursery rhymes. Read a poem by Poe over and over until you can recite it. Internet sites...People develop strange obsessions in reading. Let it happen.

If you are dropping words, adding words or guessing, try the linked article.

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MTrejo
MTrejo writes:
People read for many reasons such as for necessity (prescriptions, directions, bank accounts, transportation, driving instructions, etc), for information ( prize of items, legal correspondence, mail, newspapers, magazines), for protection (insurance coverage, laws, warning signs), for pleasure (magazines, books).  So, the first step to enjoying reading and getting in the routine of reading daily is to start by reading things that are necessary and of high interest to you.  Second, understand that all reading need not be fun nor long.  Third, read a variety of topics just for your general information.  Get as much or little out of it as you want.  
Read the local newspaper daily.  Read news that you know something about, that you already heard on TV or radio.  This builds interest, builds your confidence in reading, and adds to your information base. Discuss what you read with your family or friends.  The final step is to go to a bookstore or library and select a book on a topic that you are most interested in.  Give yourself time to read it.  Read a few pages a day--but finish the book!  Another idea is to read the same books (stories or novels) that your kids are reading in school.  It can be really fun to discuss characters, themes, lessons learn, etc.  Discuss what you are reading with your family.  Eventually, you will enjoy it because it is something that you want to do and it gives you pleasure.
The biggest challenge is to start. Give yourself a chance.  You will find out that incorporating reading as part of your daily routine and pleasure will not only be highly satisfying but will have a very positive influence on the education of your children and others in your family.
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New'New
New'New , Student writes:
pick up a book that your really intersected in something that everyone says is really good. And start if you don't like the book that is a good start, so once you found out that go to the store and pick something the exact oppisite of the book that everyone thought was soooooooooooo good and read it if you like it you have found your favorite reading gerne, now don't stop there reading is fundemetal chose different books and it would get fun and soon you will not be able to stop now enjoy it's so easy to read pick up a book and start.
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Relle
Relle , Student writes:
Pick a book in your interest and dont stop reading it after the first few chapters because it may get more interesting as you go on.
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rudolffairbanks
rudolffairb... writes:
Hello friend, to get interest in reading adult should first know about the advantages of reading. the main advantage of reading is that it helps to increase our knowledge.
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TeacherandParent
TeacherandP... writes:
Start with easy, short books. You can find programs online but the way to become a better reader is just to read - every day - in very easy books. If you choose hard books, that slows you down and makes reading feel too hard.
You can also get tapes from your local library and listen to books on tape - that's another good thing to do.
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