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Kate Carnell champions the national Reading Writing Hotline

Kate CarnellThe Reading Writing Hotline has just launched a campaign to encourage employers to use the services of the Hotline in order to boost LLN in the workplace. The campaign has involved production of two videos and a media kit had been distributed to a wide range of industry contacts.

The Reading Writing Hotline, in collaboration with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell’s office, has been working to promote the importance of workplace literacy and numeracy to small and medium enterprises and the special role that the Hotline can play in this.

The Hotline is proud to announce that Kate is championing this national campaign in an effort to increase the calls that employers make to the Hotline to support the learning needs of their staff.

Kate Carnell is the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) and has led the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry [ACCI] and is also a former ACT chief minister.

View Kate’s promotional video “Want to Improve Your Bottom Line?”  

See more about the campaign, video links and Facebook posts.

2017 ACAL Conference

In 2017 the Australian Council for Adult Literacy celebrates 40 years of actively promoting language, literacy, numeracy, and communication provision and research.

The conference title – Traders, Neighbours and Intruders: Points of Contact – provides the framework for collective change where policy makers, practitioners and researchers can learn from and engage with a long history of language and policy provision in northern Australia and our neighbours in Asia.

Call for papersFor centuries Australia’s northern regions have often been portrayed as marginal to the communication practices that sit at the heart of mainstream Australia. Yet northern Australia’s rich linguistic traditions, its multicultural engagement, its economic agendas and its policy making opportunities in remote and very remote contexts suggest multiple and diverse ways of moving forward as a prosperous nation.

Call for papers now open

You're invited to submit a proposal for a 30 or 60 minutes session - tasters, workshops, papers and panels - in three strands.

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'Resilience - Stories of Adult Learning'

The impetus for 'Resilience - Stories of Adult Learning' came from a need to gather and publish the authentic voices of learners across many different adult learning environments.

There was also a need for collaboration between adult literacy practitioners in Australia and the UK, to build networks that could work toward greater understanding for communities and policy-makers. We've collected over a hundred stories from across our two nations, edited and published the collection into multiple formats, including paperback, e-book and pdf.

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Taking the Lead

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This is a one-stop shop for information and advice on developing core language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills in the service industries.