The Australian Council for Adult Literacy promotes adult literacy and numeracy policy and practice
2020 ACAL AGM and Arch Nelson Address • October 21 by Zoom ►
Arch Nelson Address – Re-thinking Foundation Skills: What advice would Arch Nelson have for us? with Pamela Osmond and ACAL AGM
‘Resilience – Stories of Adult Learning’
Recording ‘Literacy education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ webinar
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Letter to Prime Minister
This guide explains the:
- diversity of the Australian community
- complexity of how we connect in a digital world
- importance of accessibility
- value of inclusion.
The Digital inclusion guide is also available in Portable Document Format (PDF) – ATO Digital inclusion guide (PDF, 3.489KB) This link will download a file.
Low English literacy in Australian Aboriginal communities
The latest paper from our Australian Research Council-funded examination of the Literacy for Life Foundation Aboriginal adult literacy campaign, ‘Quantifying low English literacy in Australian Aboriginal communities: a correlational study’ is being published online in ‘The Australian Educational Researcher’.
While the English literacy outcomes of Aboriginal children are constantly measured and debated, attention falls away once they leave school, leading to limited data on English literacy rates among Australia’s Aboriginal adults. This paper reports on an investigation into the prevalence of low literacy in adults in eight Aboriginal communities in NSW, Australia, drawing on both self-report data from household surveys and objective professional assessments using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
2020 ACAL Conference
The ACAL 2020 national conference organising committee has observed the cancellation of numerous gatherings around the world, as well as locally, due to concerns about the health impacts of CoVID-19 and have carefully reviewed ACAL’s own situation.
As a result we have determined that there WILL NOT be a national conference held this year. It will be only the second time in ACAL’s 44-year history that this has occurred – the last being in 1993. Our decision-making has, of necessity, been guided by prioritising everyone’s health and well-being.
We are aware of the value placed on the annual conference by delegates and ask for your understanding at this time. While the current situation makes it impossible to have certainty that we would be able to provide a truly safe environment this year, we look forward with anticipation to the 2021 event.