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Australian Council for Adult Literacy

Webinar & 2016 AGM

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 commencing at 3.00pm AEDT*

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*Note Daylight saving will be in operation. Check local times
Instructions and a link will be available on the ACAL website a few days prior to the event.

How to join the webinar

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AGM meeting

includes reports from Executive, finances and election of ACAL office bearers More


Nominations are called for the following positions

  • President (Jenni Anderson has decided she will not be standing again)

  • Vice President (to be based in a state or territory different from that of the President)

  • Honorary Secretary

  • Honorary Treasurer

Position descriptions

Nomination form

Going somewhere else to learn something new

Lindee ConwayEarlier this year, Lindee Conway was fortunate to undertake a study tour sponsored by Victoria's Department of Education and made available through the International Specialised Skills Institute (issinstitute.org.au). Lindee visited 2 Universities, 5 Polytechs and 3 Neighbourhood Literacy Support Programs. Her tour evolved from her interest in New Zealand's integrated literacy and numeracy learning, teaching and assessment strategy and it was a huge learning experience.

Today she will talk more about one aspect of her study tour: the notion of 'going somewhere else' to learn something new: the opportunities that educators have for personal and professional by arranging to watch and listen to other educators. Whether it's the neighbouring nation, suburb, or staff room educators have a little-tapped resource available to them.

Lindee Conway is the Head of the School of Foundation and Preparation at Melbourne Polytechnic. She has been a member of ACAL for many years and a former Honorary Secretary. Three decades in the sector has not blunted her interest in the work that practitioners do.

Resilience - Stories of Adult Learning

Michael ChalkHope. Determination. 'Hanging in there'. These themes of resilience keep recurring, as people tell their stories of how learning has shaped their lives as adults. We now have a huge amount of inspired, challenging and heart-warming storytelling in one volume. Now the book has been written, edited and published, ready for an audience. All thanks to dedicated collaboration by a group of practitioners in both the UK and Australia, and plenty of hard-yards from Tara Furlong of the UK organisation RaPaL.

Find out more in this short presentation about:

  • the stories that make up this new international publication,

  • the processes of publication, and

  • how learners and teachers might use this in their classroom.

Michael Chalk is an educator working with language, literacy and technology. Recent projects have focused on adult learner stories in both printed and video format, the use of tablet devices and cloud apps to assist high-level EAL writing, and multi-modal language support for people taking their heavy truck license. He is also part of the PRACE PageTurners publishing team.