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The Growth Of Awareness Of Adult Illiteracy In Britain

(e)STUDENT Z

A young woman of 26 years.  She Is E.S.N. but comes from a middle-class family who have tried previously to educate her unsuccessfully.  Because of her lack of intelligence an interview as such was impossible, but I managed to elicit the following information from her.

She was unable to read or write anything at all when she first came to Jeffreys. but can now write her name and recognise it when it is written by someone else.  She works as a canteen assistant for a large manufacturing company in London and can now recognise signs such as “Danger”.  She can also recognise and write the alphabet now.  Z is “engaged” to marry another student who also attends a Rathbone Club.  He is more intelligent than she is. but less capable in the “common-sense way”.  Z told me that she enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and was able to join in the social activities.  At the coffee break, she is quite chatty and likes meeting the tutors and other students.  This student is an example of the value of clubs for students such as Z and her family who are supportive but also like her to have the opportunity to extend her social circle on her own account.

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