2014 ACAL Conference Gold Coast 2-4 October


Opening address given by Michael Hart MP.

Mr Hart was representing the Minister for Education, Training and Employment (the Hon John-Paul Langbroek).


Conference Presentations

Presentations will be added here as they become available.

Unless noted, all documents and PowerPoints have been converted to PDF however some documents still have a large file size



The opening speech was to have been given by Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary, on behalf of the Minister for Industry. It was given my Karen Andrews MP, Member for McPherson.




Keynote Stephen Reder is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State UniversityProfessor Stephen Reder

Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University

Adult Literacy Development and Program Impact in Longitudinal Perspective: New Approaches to Research, Evaluation and Policy


Prof Diana CobenProfessor Diana Coben, PhD

Director of the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults, University of Waikato, New Zealand

The koru and the nautilus shell - visualising growth in literacy and numeracy


Trevor GaleProfessor Trevor Gale

Professor of Education Policy and Social Justice, Deakin University

Relating Social Inequality and Education: An assessment of pop and policy text



Here are the presentations provided by speakers. You can also see the session outlines and speaker bios.


A2 'He was learning to read, but he wasn’t learning to live.' Socially inclusive learning in a community setting

Greg Marston, School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT; Jeffrey Johnson-Abdelmalik, School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT; Damian Le Goullon, A Place to Belong

A6 Enhancing speaking and listening skills online

Jill Lewis, CAE

A7 Progressing the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults

Anita Roberts, National Foundation Skills Strategy Project, TAFE SA; Louise Wignall, National Foundation Skills Strategy Project, TAFE SA; Wing-Yin Chan Lee, National Foundation Skills Strategy Project, TAFE SA

A9 Training numeracy teachers for the new FSK TP environment


B3 Creating contextualised assessments for learners in the SEE program

Frankie den Hartog, Chisholm Institute; Libby Rowswell, Chisholm Institute

B1 How We Learned to Love the FSK

Julie Wykeham, North Coast TAFE NSW; Barbara Eggins, North Coast TAFE NSW

B7 Numeracy by measure

Tina Berghella, Oggi Consulting

B9 Aboriginal Driver Education: Driving as the vehicle for learner engagement

Additional Handout

Jan Levy, Natalie Hannah and Kirsten Elliott, ACE Community Colleges

C4 An approach to the learning/teaching of spelling online

Dilys Norrish, Open Training Education Network (OTEN); Joanne Medlin, Open Training Education Network (OTEN)

C5 Using extended continuous text with beginner readers

Hazel Davidson, Sugarbag on Damper

D1 Sharing knowledge and experience – the National Foundation Skills Community of Practice

Tina Berghella, National Foundation Skills Strategy Project, Community of Practice (COP) plus COP panel

D2 Connecting with students’ home languages to enrich literacy engagement

Elizabeth Gunn, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

D3 Assess for success-improving outcomes through a focus on literacy

Gail Hager, Kwa Deo Training

D5 Towards a Predictive Model for Texting Fluency

Evan Ortlieb, Roy Rozario and Yusuke Sasaki, Monash University

D8 E-learning for engagement - practical strategies

List of Apps

Window Phone and Tablet Apps

Sue James, TAFE SA - Foundation Skills; Penne Skewes, TAFE SA - Foundation Skills

E3 Cuba's 'Yes I Can' in Australia. Three Years On

Bob Boughton, University of New England; Deborah Durnan, Literacy for Life Foundation

E5 The Literacy and Numeracy of SEE. What do teachers need to learn? How can we influence the numeracy of reporting?

Lindee Conway, Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE (NMIT)

E7 Using screencasts to enhance information and academic literacy skills in vocational learners

Screencast instructions

Janice Torrens, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

E8 The experience of women of Western Sydney returning to work


E10 Transforming ideas into action when Foundation Skill needs are identified

Workshop resource (Word doc)

Ann Leske, LLN In-Sight; Leonie Francis, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute

F3 From ACSF to Vanuatu National Adult LLN Framework: a journey

Carol Macreadie, Macsmith & Associates

F6 State Library of Queensland's Libraries for Literacy Framework Review

Jane Cowell, State Library of Queensland