ACAL Conference presentations and workshops

Call for presentations

Do you have some good practical ideas or research to share?

ACAL invites submissions of abstracts for consideration for inclusion in the 2020 ACAL conference programme. This year ACAL is inviting proposals for presentations in two categories

  • The usual type of presentations, which may be a workshop, activity or non-refereed paper presentations, and
  • Peer reviewed academic paper – additional requirements apply.


Abstracts are invited for presentations and workshops on topics including but not limited to:

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?

NOTE: The sessions are not intended for promotion of commercial products. There will be separate opportunities for publishers, suppliers and distributors of education and training publications and products to purchase a space for display at the conference.


Presentation sessions will usually be 40 minutes (80 minute presentations may be delivered across two sessions)

Presenters may choose to organise a group of related papers as a themed session.


All presenters (excluding invited keynotes) will be required to pay a discounted registration fee. ACAL reserves the right to limit the number of presenters per session entitled to a discounted fee.

Critical dates

Abstracts should be submitted by 12 May, 2020. Notification of decision on submitted abstracts will be sent by 30 May, 2020.

How to submit

Submit using the online form.

Peer reviewed academic paper – additional requirements

Presenters have the option of submitting the full paper (6500 words maximum) of their accepted abstract by 1 August, 2020 for initial peer review for publication as an academic paper in Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults.

Abstract presents a clear summary of the paper

Introduction is clear and focused

Literature review is current, relevant and coherent

Conceptual framework is clear, relevant and coherent

Research methodology and design are clearly described and justified

Findings are underpinned by critical analysis and strong argumentation

Discussion/implications clearly relate to the findings, conceptual framework and literature

Conclusion is clear and focused 

General criteria

The paper:

  • contributes to adult literacy and numeracy pedagogy and/or policy and/or the body of literacy and numeracy/ adult learning research and scholarship
  • is tightly argued and cohesive
  • is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors
  • is appropriately and accurately referenced using a consistent convention

Authors who are encouraged to revise and submit their paper for publication in Literacy and Numeracy Studies must submit their final manuscript for a final review on or by 15 September, 2020.

Word version but we much prefer the online form.