WDI is able to help individuals make key improvements in their careers through innovative literacy services.
Literacy Enhancement Tutoring
Literacy Enhancement Tutors work with students one-on-one or in small groups focusing on improved oral and reading skills using occupational vocabulary. Pronunciation, context and meaning are key learning areas in the tutoring sessions.
Customized speech-recognition technology
Customized voice-activated, voice-recognition software developed by IBM is available for use in the computer labs of all 10 Workforce Development, Inc. offices. This software is designed to assist learners with acquiring English language skills at their own pace. Working with each individual student in a tutor-like style, the speech-recognition software employs several learning methods endorsed by experienced literacy teachers:
- Independent practice
- Consistent language
- Modeling of pronunciation
- Identifying pronunciation errors
Wearing a combination headset/microphone, students work with the software e-books at an individual pace. Reading levels can be adjusted by the instructor or can be set to “self-adjust” based on the student’s progress. Each e-book contains 10–30 words unique to the subject matter. E-books use clear and concise language, definitions and graphics to illustrate concepts. Each e-book presents opportunities to practice words, read sentences and answer questions related to the content.
Diagnostic tools and administrative functions are also included as part of the software. These tools allow students and instructors to print time-on-task and accuracy reports that reflect each student’s interaction with the software. Both students and instructors can listen to student responses and identify individual needs for improvement.
Currently, there are over 130 e-books available with content in the following topic areas:
- Job search & employment basics
- Worker safety
- U.S. Citizenship
- Family literacy
- Housing regulations
- Financial literacy
- Healthcare job tasks
- Certified Nursing Assistant exam preparation
Customized content is also available.