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.
ACAL conference scholarships has now closed.
Members are advised that the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy will be held on
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 4.50pm at the Sanctuary Function Centre, Adelaide Zoo, as part of the ACAL Conference.
The conference Diversity: exchanging ways of being will be held in Perth on 8-9 Apri 2016 with symposia before and after.
Applications are due by August 31, 2015
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).
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.
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.
See details of the proposed ACAL-RaPAL Student Stories Project.
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.
Presentations are available online for our keynote speakers and many of our session presenters.
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.