Recommended Trade Books for Adult Literacy Programs

Searching by EFF Roles

Equipped For the Future (EFF), a 10-year project initiated in 1994 by the National Institute for Literacy, was designed to provide an instructional framework to prepare adults for the future by building on what they already know and by giving them tools to continue learning for a lifetime.

The EFF framework was built around the roles students play in their lives and the skills they need to succeed in classes and in life. In order to assist instructors who are using or will be using the EFF framework in their classrooms, the Tradebooks database is searchable by these roles and will soon be searchable by the skills.

The roles adults identified as important in their lives were: worker, family member and community member.

The skills the students identified as being important for their success fall under the categories of communication, decision making, interpersonal skills, and lifelong learning. For more information on Equipped For the Future, go to the following website:

To search for books related to the three roles, type the role (work, family or communities) into the keyword box.

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