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The adult literacy and numeracy stream of the Graduate Diploma in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at the University of Technology Sydney is a course for people who want to develop the knowledge and skills to teach English language, literacy and numeracy to adults in community,...

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Jake thinks he could fill out the forms by himself “if they didn’t have such complicated language” and “if there were no ‘trick’ questions” that made him second guess his answers”. The wonderful Fine Print Journal recently published an article discussing this important research into...

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Did you know that not everyone who wants to improve their literacy and numeracy is able access a class? Whilst the Commonwealth-funded Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) and Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP) classes are available nationally, many callers to the Hotline are ineligible...

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Last month saw the launch of a new and fascinating look at the development of Australia’s adult literacy field over the past fifty-odd years. Developing Social Equity in Australian Adult Education: Lessons from the Past is a study by Pamela Osmond exploring the rise of...

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Tasmania is bringing a much-needed focus to the use of Plain English and Easy English during May.  26TEN will be offering a range of free public Plain English courses, and hosting some Easy English courses for a broad range of providers including government, as well...

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Since last year, Victoria has been rolling out its Adult Literacy Numeracy Practitioners Program (ALNPP) to build capability for teachers working on pre-accredited (non-accredited) adult literacy and numeracy programs across the Learn Local network. Almost 200 teachers undertook the course across 19 locations during 2020,...

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Adult Learning Australia’s Quest magazine has published a great story, drawing together all the challenges and shortfalls crippling adult literacy in Australia at the moment. Rugby league star turned actor Ian Roberts recently hit the news when he confessed he had only properly learned to read...

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Jo Medlin, President of Australian Council for Adult Literacy, was  interviewed as part of a panel on adult literacy for Radio National's Sunday Extra program on 21st February 2021. Jo Medlin highlighted many of the issues faced by adults wishing to improve their literacy in Australia...

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In very welcome news, the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training, chaired by Mr Andrew Laming MP  has just announced it will hold an inquiry into adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in Australia. ‘The Committee is interested in hearing how measures to...

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Helping Clients Fill in Forms Research 2020 Filling in forms has long been a barrier for parts of the community accessing services. Forms have increased in number, become more complex and become digitised. This requires higher level literacy and digital literacy skills in order access critical...

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