New Mexico Coalition for LiteracyNew Mexico Coalition for Literacy

The vision of the NMCL is that all New Mexico adults can read and write.

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As with any field, adult literacy and basic education has its own terminology. Definitions you may need to understand this directory are listed below.


Adult Basic Education
Instruction provided for adults in basic skills between grades 9-12, some 7-8.
Citizenship Classes
Instruction includes U.S. History, Civics, and Government in preparation for taking the naturalization examination.
Computer Aided Instruction
Instruction using computer software programs to teach a wide range of subjects. Also known as computer assisted instruction. Math, typing, and spelling programs are among the most widely used kinds of programs.
English as a Second Language
Instruction includes developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills applied to everyday work and living situations.
GED Preparation
Instruction in the five test areas of the GED exam includes: writing skills, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics.
Life Skills
Instruction may include budgeting, health, legal rights and responsibilities, consumer education, job skills, community resources, parenting, pre-employment competencies, and other independent living skills.
Instruction in basic reading, writing, and math skills between grade levels 0-6, some 7-8.
Instruction may include typing, shorthand, computer instruction, bookkeeping, and job seeking skills.
Nonprofit international literacy organization based in Syracuse, New York, formed from the merger of Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. They sponsor educational programs and are the only accrediting body for volunteer-based adult literacy programs.