All good literacy practice starts with the needs of the individual student. The materials you use are crucial for addressing the specific needs of the student and for maintaining motivation and interest. It is sometimes difficult for new tutors to grasp that there is no curriculum to follow. The ‘language experience’ approach or 'Cloze' procedure discussed in this section demonstrate what effective materials might look like.
The vital role played by parents, grandparents and other care-givers in their children’s education at all stages are gaining recognition. As a result, there is a growing need to support those parents who may wish to improve their own literacy skills and confidence in the context of family life and learning.