An activity that can be done regularly with individuals or groups is spelling dictations. The words tested should be the ones that have already been studied. This activity can be customized to the skill level of the learners:
|General Skill Level||Modifications|
|"Advanced"||The learner can write the entire word, as dictated.|
|"Intermediate"||The learner can write the letter of the initial consonant of the word.|
|"Beginning"||The learner can copy the words from the blackboard when corrections are being done.|
Testing situations may be very uncomfortable for learners with intellectual / developmental disabilities, since they may have had negative prior schooling experiences. The tutor may want to try this activity only after the learner has become comfortable in the new learning situation.
Catherine Janossy, A Needs Survey & Program Description: Program Delivery for the Developmentally Challenged Adult in Grey, Bruce and The Georgina Triangle. Walkerton, ON: The Walkerton & District Literacy Council, pp. 49-50