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Surfing Outside the Flags - 2008 ACAL conference

ACAL Conference 2008

31st Annual Conference of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy

2nd - 4th October 2008 - Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Organised by Queensland Adult Literacy Council (QCAL )

Call for Presentations

 Conference details                   Submit abstract 

The conference title ‘Surfing outside the flags: catching waves, avoiding rips’ has been chosen to reflect the venue for the conference and also as a metaphor to raise issues and provoke debate. Conference themes include: Indigenous literacy & numeracy, vocational & workplace literacy & numeracy, meeting the literacy & numeracy needs of African refugees, numeracy, and community literacy. The conference will be preceded on 2 October 2008 by a pre-conference forum 'Adult literacy, numeracy and lifelong learning: a cross-sectoral dialogue'.

The conference is for any person with an interest in, and concern for, adult literacy and numeracy in communities, workplaces, educational and training institutions, and governments. Conference participants may include adult literacy and numeracy researchers, adult literacy and numeracy teachers and other practitioners, vocational teachers and trainers, volunteer tutors, policy makers and tertiary students studying in the areas of literacy, numeracy and vocational training.

Keynote speakers include Noyona Chanda, Assistant Director Language and Literacy Unit at London Southbank University and Dr Hermine Scheeres, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney. 

The conference will also include a number of seminars and workshops presented by practitioners, teachers and researchers. 

We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference ‘Call for Presentations’  Your response should contain a title and an abstract. The deadline for this is 10th June 2008. Proposals will be reviewed within two weeks of submission.

Full details of the conference, including an ‘Expression of Interest’ form and online abstract submission form, are to be found at the Conference website

Please forward this information on to your colleagues and any other interested people.  We hope you will be able to be a presenter or a delegate at this important event. 

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Jean Searle

President, Queensland Council for Adult Literacy

Chair, Conference Organising Committee, ACAL 2008