Signs of Illiteracy
Common things someone in need of literacy services might say or do are:
- May I take that application home to fill it out and bring it back to you?
- You read the work order and I’ll gather up the tools.
- Could you fill this out for me? I forgot my glasses.
- I don’t like to read.
- I didn’t bring my glasses. Can you tell me what this says?
- Fake a coughing fit and/or leave the Sunday School class or other assembly when it’s their turn to read.
- May I take this test orally? It makes my eyes burn to read.
- I don’t need to write that down; I’ll remember it.
- I lost my appointment card. What time is my appointment?
- Cannot read the appointment card and habitually shows up really early or too late.
- I can see really well far away, but can’t make out anything up close.
- Received a certificate of attendance instead of a diploma.
- Always unable to find a pencil or paper when asked to take a phone message.
- At a restaurant, “I’ll have what he’s having.”