1.2 Development and Methodology of an Integrated Functional Adult Literacy Approach
Integrated Functional Literacy Approach is a strategy that the Government of Uganda, through the Directorate of Community Development, has adopted after piloting it in the 8 districts to be used in adult literacy programmes.
By the end of this topic, the participants should be able to:
• explain the background to Integrated Functional Adult Literacy Approach.
c) Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.
d) Learning Aids: Handouts, Blackboard, Newsprint, markers, Chalk.
e) Procedure and Learning Points:
1) [15 min.]. Ask participants to state what they know about Functional Literacy. Allow a short discussion and then summarise the background to Integrated Functional Literacy.
- Integrated Functional Literacy borrows strengths from the other existing approaches already mentioned.
2) [30 min.] Involve participants to draw intersecting circles representing intersecting activities in life. Use this to discuss why literacy should be integrated with people’s daily activities.
- Integration refers to bringing together different subject matters and different types of activities so that they can all be used to solve the problem which is being dealt with.
3) [30 min.] Discuss the implications of integrating different literacy approaches.
The approach adopted by Functional Adult Literacy takes the best from all the three approaches: traditional, functional and psycho-social. It does the following:
- enables learners acquire skills of reading, writing and numeracy (3Rs).
i) have a good awareness of the situation, the problems and how they can be dealt with. They should also have an open mind to discuss with and learn from the participants who already know a lot of things.
(f) [15 min.] Assessment:
Ask 2 or 3 participants to state the importance of integration in FAL.
(g) Follow-up Exercise:
Read the hand-out on Integrated Functional Adult Literacy, how it has developed and its implications.
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