Most years ACAL provides a scholarship for someone to attend the conference who would otherwise not be able. In the past we have supported people from Timor-Leste, Vanuatu and people from Australian community organisations.
This year our ACAL Conference Scholarship will support an Indigenous adult literacy and numeracy practitioner to attend the 2016 conference and develop their practice and networks.
This scholarship has now been awarded.
Thanks so much to everyone who has supported their learners and colleagues to share stories of resilience through learning. A number of stories have come in so far, and we'll be publishing them via the UK project site, as well as posting extracts on the facebook page. The big news is that we'll be extending this project to April 30 next year. So this could give you the chance get involved and open the year with an exploration of personal narrative.
RaPAL is a UK based organisation that focuses on the role of literacies in adult life. RaPAL does this by
promoting effective and innovative practices in adult literacies teaching, learning and research
supporting adult literacies practitioners and researchers
engaging in debates that touch on English language and literacy, numeracy and digital skills across homes, communities and workplaces.
ACAL is actively seeking opportunities to share with RaPAL for the benefit of members of both organisations.
The conference Diversity: exchanging ways of being will be held in Perth on 7-11 Apri 2016 with symposia before and after.
The conference is presented by the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), in association with local Western Australian hosts, the Western Australian Adult Literacy Council (WAALC) and Westralian Association for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (WATESOL).
Four host organisations, up to 500 delegates and four additional symposia to choose from.
There are 6 keynote speakers with paired keynote presentations and 12 concurrent session blocks.
Adult language, literacy and numeracy educators and learners need the resilience to adjust to the evolving economic, social and political climate. This means being bold, adaptable, flexible, courageous and willing to take risks.
A major risk for educators is the range of external pressures which threaten the continued provision of quality programs. The risk for learners is not reaching their full potential. For the preservation of quality programs all stakeholders must be influenced by current research, maintain professional standards, advocate, and engage learners in order for the sector to evolve and maintain relevance.
Missed the webinars on July 22 and Aug 5?
Documents and links referred to during the webinar
Some numeracy (and literacy) resources and materials - a list compiled by presenter, Dave Tout.
Numeracy by Measure (a zip file so will download) - a link mentioned by a guest, Tina Berghella.
Building Strength with Numeracy - VALBEC numeracy resources by Beth Marr - many of them free.
Sample budget planner from MoneySmart - by guest Poonam Bhamgara .
An ACAL video of Beth Marr demonstrating some strategies and techniques using Building Strength with Numeracy.
The webinar is now available on the ACAL YouTube channel.
Great practical demonstration about what can work, can we have more examples like this to show what does work
Thanks again. Great presentation.
Fabulous way to engage a broad range of people important topic.
(And yes, the sound was an issue for some. Apologies, we'll look at ways to improve it for future webinars.)
The webinar covered the benefits of engaging with the TAESS00009 Address Foundation Skills in Vocational Practice Skillset.
Ros Bauer was the 2013 Australian Training Awards Winner – Excellence in Adult Language Literacy Numeracy Practice. (see YouTube) She is passionate about implementing programs to support people with the development of their language, literacy and numeracy skills. With a Masters of Education, specialising in literacy and teaching English to speakers of other languages, and with more than 17 years’ experience in the field, Ros is currently working with Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse learners, trainers , mentors and other support staff, in the remote Northern Territory community of Yuendumu.
ACAL and QCAL had a webinar on using the free VALBEC numeracy resources. Over 100 people joined in while the author, Beth Marr, took us through some strategic thinking as well as presentation tips.
This event is now concluded but you can still watch it.
The NCVER website has a glossary of terms that are very useful and updated regularly. The glossary includes:
VET terms and concepts, including adult and continuing education and lifelong learning
Australian VET organisations and some key international VET organisations
Key Australian historical documents
New readers will need to register, but there is no cost.