(From Solano County Library Literacy Services)
In March, we gave some tips on clarifying and breaking down goals. Here are some tips for breaking up common student goals:
Improve English Speaking Skills
Ask: What are you unable to do with your English now? You might discover that your student finds it the most frustrating to try to communicate at the doctor’s office, with store clerks, or their child’s teacher. The broad goal of “learning to speak English better” can be replaced with the more specific goal “learn to greet store clerks.”
Improve Reading Skills
Have your learner choose a short story or book of interest to complete. Students can have a goal to create a schedule to set an amount of time each day to read. Creating a vocabulary list to master in 3-6 months also will help to attain reading goals.
Improve Writing Skills
Suggest the learner keep a journal and write in it once a week. Create a spelling word list and the goal will be to master it. Other examples of goals are to write a letter to a family member.
Pass the GED Test
If your learner is interested in the GED or other types of certification tests, divide the goal into steps. You do not have to pull out the practice book right away! Researching the preparation class, test cost and test dates are attainable goals that can be reasonably achieved in 3 months.