Authentic Audiences & Purposes
Use It In Your Learning Environment
Adult learners must see the benefit of their learning tasks to truly engage. Working with learners to identify topics, tasks, and purposes that are relevant and appealing to them can help generate ideas for their writing. Designing opportunities that allow learners a choice to explore their interests, connect material to their prior experiences, and write about personally relevant causes develops their Composition and Disciplinary Literacy.
Adult learners can also take advantage of informal learning opportunities in the workplace to complete authentic job-related tasks. Learners should practice different kinds of writing, including communicating effectively with their audience through descriptive and informative writing, sharing their sentiments in narrative forms, taking a position on an issue, or presenting a solution through persuasive and analytical writing. Apps and websites can serve as platforms for learners to connect with a wider, global audience through blogs and other formats, thereby supporting digital Social Awareness & Relationship Skills and interaction with others who are passionate about similar topics.