Conference dates changed to Oct 6 and 7, 2011

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Call for papers

Buttons Submit a proposal online Download a Word form Download a PDF form The Western Australian Council of Adult Literacy (WAALC) invites teachers, managers and researchers to submit proposals addressing the conference theme, Foundations and Footings: Language Literacy and Numeracy in 2011.

Thursday 6th & Friday 7th October 2011 • Challenger Institute of Technology, Beaconsfield Campus

"Foundation Skills encompass both the Core Skills (of reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy and learning) described by the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), and Employability Skills. Foundation Skills include language, literacy and numeracy (LLN). Foundation Skills exist on a continuum from very basic skills to highly-developed and specialist skills. "
p 3, Foundation Skills in VET Products for the 21st Century, National Quality Council, 2010

In 2011, the concept of Foundation Skills is under construction at national and state government level in the form of a National Foundation Skills Strategy and a Foundation Skills Training Package. Internationally, 2011 is the year of PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) which will see the Australia Bureau of Statistics collecting information on adults’ skills to compare with the previous literacy surveys in 1996 and 2006. All in all, it is a pivotal year for those of us with a commitment to the adult literacy and numeracy field.

Submitting a proposal
WAALC seeks proposals relevant to one or more of the following conference strands:

  1. Connecting literacy as social practice to the developing Foundation Skills context
  2. Effective strategies for teaching literacy to speakers of English as a second dialect or language
  3. Basics of teaching Foundation Skills for the VET practitioner
  4. Consolidating foundations – developing mathematical thinking with adults


Contact: Stephanie Mitchell 0429133891