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.

5 minutes on …

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 – Beth Marr

Interview link available to members. “It’s really hard to change your practice -…but you’ve got to be brave…we do need to be brave”. Beth Marr is a numeracy icon and author of a range of practical books based on research. These books have informed numeracy...

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Interview – Don MacDowall

Interview – Don MacDowall

This week we are pleased to bring you another interview in our Something to say: Lessons learned, lessons ahead. Series. Interview with Don MacDowall, recently retired ACAL admin person With a nod to John Clarke and Brian Dawe, Don talks to ‘Barryy Cassidy’ about how...

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Interview – Sue Costello

Interview – Sue Costello

Interview link available to members. If you’re interested in adult literacy and numeracy and you don’t live in Tasmania get ready to feel both inspired and incredibly jealous. Sue Costello (26ten Manager) explains how 26ten came about, how it works, and where it’s...

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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 LLN in its own right ... research shows that low numeracy can have a more powerful effect in a range of areas 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

Theorising pathways to remote adult literacies with John Guenther

John Guenther is the Research Leader—Education and Training, with the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. He has worked as an adult learning practitioner in the Adult and Community Education, Vocational Training and Higher Education sectors. For the last 18 years his focus has been on research in northern Australia, and more specifically working with remote First Nations communities.

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Social Practice View of Adult Literacy with Pamela Osmond

5 minutes on student-centred learning
To celebrate Adult Learners Week, ACAL invites you to reconsider the value of student-centred learning.
Thank you to Pam Osmond for spending 5 minutes to describe student-centred learning and share the benefits of this approach.

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5 minutes on Coping Strategies with Linno Rhodes

How do you facilitate adult LN learners to rewrite their relationship with education? In this 5 minute video Linno Rhodes explains how to recognise and understand coping strategies adults bring to the LN learning experience.

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Whole language – what’s all the fuss about

5 minutes on student-centred learning
To celebrate Adult Learners Week, ACAL invites you to reconsider the value of student-centred learning.
Thank you to Pam Osmond for spending 5 minutes to describe student-centred learning and share the benefits of this approach.

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Student centred-learning with Pamela Osmond

5 minutes on student-centred learning
To celebrate Adult Learners Week, ACAL invites you to reconsider the value of student-centred learning.
Thank you to Pam Osmond for spending 5 minutes to describe student-centred learning and share the benefits of this approach.

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National literacy update: News from around the country

National literacy update: News from around the country

What’s happening in adult literacy right now? The state councils for adult literacy (CALs) describe their roles and provide current information about the strengths of the adult literacy systems, and some challenges.
Why does the adult literacy field differ according to where you live? 

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