Our teaching principles

When teaching adults we encourage tutors to follow the sound principles of adult learning theory. These are:

  • Establish a relaxed atmosphere through respect, enthusiasm, instilling confidence and a sense of humour.
  • Plan activities that are linked to your student's needs, goals and level of skill.
  • Use your student's own experience and interests as a focus for lessons.
  • Provide lots of opportunity for your student to practise the new skill before moving on to something else.
  • Involve your student in planning ongoing lessons and ask for feedback to be sure that your student's needs are being met.
  • Teach to your student's 'point of need' eg if they are writing a letter they will need to know the layout of a letter.



When adults reach their educational goals, their families and communities grow stronger. (http://www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers)