(From Solano County Library Literacy Services)
When discussing goals with your student we often hear this: I want to speak better English, I want to read better, and I want to write better. When students set goals they are speaking to the challenges in their life. How do you help your student set attainable goals?
Ask questions about how accomplishing the goal will change his/her life. Ask: What will this goal do for you? What things in your life will it change? How will this make your life better? What needs to be accomplished first?
Attaching a realistic timeline to the goal can assist with your learner’s sense of accomplishment. Ask students to think about specific goals that can be completed in 3-6 months. These smaller goals derived from the larger goal can give a sense of accomplishment.