Who are Oral Learners?

Oral learners are people all over the globe whose mental processes are primarily influenced by spoken rather than textual forms of communication. They therefore learn primarily or exclusively by speech, song, etc.

Oral communicators also learn information by spoken rather than textual means. Some do so out of necessity because they cannot read or write with understanding, but others simply prefer non-print forms of communication.


25% of the world’s population is completely illiterate — unable to write a simple sentence in any language.

Functionally Illiterate

Another 35% are functionally illiterate — having inadequate reading and writing skills for use in daily life.

Blind / Vision Impaired

3% are physically incapable of reading due to visual impairment.

In the 10/40 Window…

Illiteracy can exceed 90%

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