VITAL's impact in the community is highighted in "Beyond Reading, Adult Literacy Is Survival," by Michelle Gottschlich in Limestone Post. The article, featuring an interview with VITAL learner Reva Duke (above), also discusses the broader topic of adult literacy and new services for readers.
Listening to English is essential for improving reading skills. But what sounds more engaging—learning about the silent “e” rule, or the thrilling adventures of Sherlock Holmes? Both are important, but hearing the written word satisfies the brain’s thirst for knowledge and information, even beyond our ability to read independently. Exposure to the sound of expressive reading, dramatic pauses, and phrasing helps with reading comprehension (understanding what we’re reading). And hearing new vocabulary in context requires us to draw conclusions, improving our critical thinking skills. Read more about Listening to English