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A Critical Lens

ACAL’s 2020 National Conference will place a critical lens on contemporary issues facing the field 20 years on from the launch of the transformational Multiliteracies Framework (Learning by Design). It will seek to respond to topics that continue to pose challenges for teaching and learning.

The conference will explore themes relevant to adult literacy and numeracy in 2020 and beyond. The three streams will provide opportunities for participants to develop practical and theoretical knowledge of adult  literacy and numeracy teaching and learning in an Australian context.

The conference will seek to continue the work of the 2019 conference in addressing policy deficits and shaping a national approach to adult literacy.

For an introduction to, or reminder of how multiliteracies began this Youtube features two of the London Group who put forward the idea.

Conference Streams

Adult Language and Literacy

  • Practicalities of teaching adult literacy under an ever-expanding acronym: From L (Literacy) to LN (+ Numeracy) to LLN (+Language) to LLND (+Digital)
  • Strategies, resources and approaches for health literacy, financial literacy, library literacy, workplace literacy/literacy 4.0, employability skills, and for young people engaging in adult literacy practices in and out of school contexts
  • Language (the other L) in LLN: Concepts of linguistic diversity and multimodality in linguistic expression and representation – are these still relevant and how?

Adult Numeracy

  • Numeracy counts: Approaches to overcoming maths anxiety, normalising numeracy, recognising teacher mathematics challenges and developing strategies and resources to teach basics.
  • Critical numeracy: what is critical numeracy and how do we apply it in adult LLN education?

Adult LLND Policy

  • How are impacts of the politics and policies of education reflected in adult literacy and education and how do we foster lifelong learning in an age of uncertainty?