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Title: Completely illiterate adults can learn to read in less than three months
Authors: Kolinsky, Régine
Leite, Isabel
Carvalho, Crsitina
Franco, Ana
Morais, José
Editors: Joshi, R. Malatesha
Keywords: Adult Illiteracy
Adult Literacy
Reading Instruction
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2017
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: The purpose of this case series was to explore whether adults who did not have the opportunity to acquire reading skills during childhood are able to do so rapidly if trained with an adequate literacy program. After 14 weeks of training with a new, optimized, literacy course based on cognitive research, six out of eight participants became able to read words they had never encountered, hence demonstrating that they were definitely engaged in decoding processes that allow autonomous reading. Moreover, they showed enhanced phonemic sensitivity and phonological memory. The latter finding implies that functional changes can take place rapidly outside the reading domain even when reading is acquired in adulthood. Thus, there is no major plasticity impediment preventing rapid eradication of illiteracy in adults.
Type: article
Appears in Collections:PSI - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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