PRISONER LITERACY AND NUMERACY
It is a sad fact of life that many prisoners are almost illiterate,
although it is usually lack of education rather than lack of
intelligence which is the root cause of their problems. Dyslexia is a
frequent obstacle. For some of the illiterates, obstacles to learning
arise because of anomalies in the phonetics in the English language and
non-phonetic spelling. Progress in numeracy is hindered by the
complication of dealing with parallel metric and Imperial measuring
systems. No doubt in the future spelling reform and discontinuation of
Imperial units will make life easier for students but at the moment
they must cope with the status quo.
are syllabuses in
the various levels of literacy and numeracy of the prisoners but often
the teaching resources are limited. To supplement the available
resources we have prepared some
material which can be accessed through the links below. The material
can be amended if tutors feel the need for it. We are also happy to
prepare presentations on other subjects if required.
video is aimed at zero-literacy students. It's an aid to matching the
letters in the alphabet to their sounds, including some of the
The Play Your
Cards Right video
starts with the basic 'sounds of letters' and then introduces some
spelling and pronunciation rules. The student is guided
through the lesson by reference to the 'playing card' icons (the
assumption being that most prisoners will be familiar with them!).
grammar rules are introduced in a separate presentation.
links below are for
traditional material intended to improve numeracy and related subjects,
presented as simply as possible. They deal with:
speed and time
comment on these
ideas or to add suggestions, please contact