2021 Conference

2021 ACAL Conference

‘A stretched virtual conference’

In 2021 ACAL are approaching the annual conference in an innovative way due to the uncertainty posed by the ongoing world-wide pandemic and the subsequent uncertainty around border closures and travel.

To thank ACAL members for their ongoing support, and to provide a range of accessible professional development opportunities ACAL is presenting a ‘stretched virtual conference’. Throughout the year members are being given opportunities to engage with discursive spaces via webinars and recorded sessions. The ongoing conference lets financial members join in at their convenience and at no cost.

Events will be added throughout the year.

Interviews

Something to say

Lessons learned, lessons ahead
Conversations with adult literacy stakeholders

Initially the interviews will be released to members. At a later date they may be made more widely available.

It is our intention to capture the voices of literacy stakeholders across Australia to open what Pam Osmond so insightfully refers to in her interview as discursive spaces. 

Interview – Dave Tout

Interview – Dave Tout

Interview link available to members. Literacy + language + mathematics = numeracy There is enough evidence that numeracy needs to stand out in its own right ... research shows that low numeracy can have a more powerful effect in its own right than literacy,...

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Interview – Mary Wallace

Interview – Mary Wallace

Interview link available to members. How do you start your career as a bilingual engineer and end up as director of one of Australia’s most prominent and well-known literacy RTOs and audit bodies? In this interview Mary Wallace shares her surprising pathway into adult...

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Interview – Philippa MacLean

Interview – Philippa MacLean

Interview link available to members "I don't feel sorry for learners - I am genuinely interested in them and I believe they absolutely have the right to literacy and numeracy, and to good quality literacy and numeracy" This week I had the pleasure of chatting to...

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Interview – Lorraine Sushames

Interview – Lorraine Sushames

“Perhaps people outside our field don’t recognize how pivotal it is” surmises Lorraine Sushames, ACAL treasurer and an expert on adult literacy in the NT, when asked why reports such as ‘Closing the Gap’ still don’t focus on adult literacy. During a long career in...

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Interview – Vanessa Iles

Interview – Vanessa Iles

In this interview I talk to Vanessa Iles, Manager of the Reading Writing Hotline. Vanessa takes us behind the scenes of the Reading Writing Hotline, describing their work and sharing some of the insights they have gained into adult literacy in Australia. The...

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Interview – Pamela Osmond

Interview – Pamela Osmond

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Pam Osmond about her new internationally published book 'Developing Social Equity in Australian Adult Education, Lessons from the Past.' This is the first in a series of short online interviews called Something to say:...

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Webinars

Numerate environments webinar recording

Numerate environments webinar recording

Increases in precarious employment, heavier burdens on individuals for self-managed economic and social well-being, and changes to ‘customer service’ support provided by private firms are a few of the reasons why having the proficiency and confidence to navigate numerate environments is more important than ever before.

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