Books for Adult Learners

  • Some Stories of My Life Our learner Rose Hunt writes about the jobs she has done over the years and the life she lives now. She writes about her years in New Lynn, including her time painting crockery at Crown Lynn. She creates vivid pictures of life and work in New Zealand in the 1960’s and 1970’s.      Price 1-5 copies – $6.00 each 6+ copies – $5.00 each plus postage
  • My New Path Trace a journey in literacy with our learner Keith. He feels that doors have opened to let light in as his writing skills grow. A mixture of fact, fiction and poetry, this is a treasury of words and an inspiration to those who want to learn to write.   Price 1-5 copies – $6.00 each 6+ copies – $5.00 each plus postage
  • Open Eyes ‘Open Eyes’ is a collection of writing by women who attended the WEA Adult Literacy Programme (a forerunner of Literacy Waitakere) in 1988. 30 years later we have republished the book, because the issues written about are still relevant. Carlene says “To have opened my eyes has been a light flowing through my souls, giving it new life.” She also writes in her story Sweaty Palms “We ask for no pity but at the same time we don’t need to be ridiculed. We have done enough of that ourselves.” Pam says in her Letter to the Tutors, “After one and a half terms, I have found a new person in me and I have to admit I like what I have found.” After attending the programme, these women have overcome their fear of putting pen to paper. They have discovered other people are interested in what they have to say and that remains true 30 years on. These stories are heart-felt and poignant. They are the voices of women who have for years been told they are lazy or stupid, but now they have the confidence and determination to share their stories with the world. Price 1-5 copies – $11.50 each 6+ copies – $10.50 each plus postage
  • Growing up in the Outbacks written by Jane Fernando Smith Growing up in the Outbacks written by Jane Fernando Smith I used to think I had a horrible childhood, but the more I think about it, the more I wish I could turn back the time to when I was growing up in the outbacks of Australia. Jane Fernando-Smith’s rich and humorous account of her family and early life is interwoven with examples of the injustices and hardship experienced by many indigenous peoples. This is the book most read by students at Literacy Waitakere. Dara Davenport, Tutor, West Auckland “Jane’s story bridges gaps of age, culture and literacy skills.  Written as if Jane were speaking directly to the reader, it has wide appeal.” Brenda Wittering, tutor, West Auckland Price incl GST 1-5 copies – $11.50 6+ copies – $10.50 plus postage
  • My Childhood Memories by Rose Hunt This fascinating story of growing up in Rotorua in the 1950s was written by a Maori student in her 70s. Rose writes “I’m so thrilled that everything is out in the open, after so many years. The pain that it caused my life, so much anger. One day hopefully, now it’s out in the open, I will be able to hold my head up high” Price 1-5 copies – $6.00 each 6+ copies – $5.00 each plus postage
  • Learn to Learn – Written by Carol Atkin and Dorothy McGray, Edited by Moana Taka At last, a user-friendly, adult learning resource that has the learners and tutors equally in mind. It goes right to the basics of how to learn, rendering the unfathomable process of brain and memory in a simple way that anyone can understand.  Relevant, practical activities are interspersed including old favourites such as  Kim’s game. The book also distills the essential advice on goal-setting and recording of progress.  Any literacy scheme would find it useful to have multiple copies available for their tutors and learners, though its usefulness will be to a much wider educational field.  Will Monk, Literacy Co-ordinator, Whangarei ARLA   An easy to access resource designed for adult learners to use in tutor-facilitated small groups in a community context.  Could be easily adapted for use in a workplace situation.  Susan Reid, Workplace tutor, Workbase Education Trust  As an adult learner, I see this as an excellent resource for both students and tutors.  It is well-presented, clear and easy to follow.  Margaret Morunga, Literacy Student, Waitakere Adult Literacy Price 1-5 copies – $21.50 each plus postage 6+ copies – $19.50 each plus postage  
  • Catch of the Day These books have been written by adult literacy students for beginning adult readers.  Each book has a vibrant, colourful cover and a compilation of four illustrated stories. “Easy to ready stories that you can relate to.  Not too long, with pictures that help you understand what the story is about.” Women’s Literacy Group, West Auckland “Given that over a million adults have difficulty meeting the demands of everyday life it is important that we encourage the publication of readers that are relevant to current and potential literacy learners.  Readers like these are particularly valuable because they have been written by literacy students for literacy students and so the insight, the experiences and the knowledge of these writers can be affirmed and shared for the benefit of us all. Congratulations!” Statement from Literacy Aotearoa Price 1-5 copies – $6.00 each 6+ copies – $5.00 each plus postage
  • Hit the Road “Easy to ready stories that you can relate to.  Not too long, with pictures that help you understand what the story is about.” Women’s Literacy Group, West Auckland “Given that over a million adults have difficulty meeting the demands of everyday life it is important that we encourage the publication of readers that are relevant to current and potential literacy learners.  Readers like these are particularly valuable because they have been written by literacy students for literacy students and so the insight, the experiences and the knowledge of these writers can be affirmed and shared for the benefit of us all. Congruatulations!” Statement from Literacy Aotearoa Price 1-5 copies – $6.00 each 6+ copies – $5.00 each plus postage

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