e-WAALC NEWS November 2008

e-WAALC News is the electronic newsletter of theWestern Australian Adult Literacy Council.

The WAALC Executive Committee prepares andsends e-WAALCNewsto members five times a year.  Wewelcome your comments, suggestions, and contributions to the newsletter.

This newsletter is also available on ourweb sitehttp://www.waalc.com.au



1)     ACALconference 2009 in Fremantle

2)    WAALCEnd of year dinner

3)    Reportsfrom the 2008 ACAL conference in Surfer’s Paradise

4)    TheAustralian Core Skills Framework now available

5)     Vice-chairpersonsappointed to WAALC Executive

6)    NCVERResearch Overviews

7)     ‘Contacts’update

8)    Unsubscribe?

9)    Issues?Contributions?

10)  Newmembers?


1. ACALconference 2009 in Fremantle

The 32ndACAL conference will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle on 1-3 October,2009.  The theme of the conference isFrom Strength to Strength.

WAALCwill host the conference.  Weinvite all members and friends to contribute to making the conferencesuccessful. 

How can youhelp right now?

CherylWiltshire is Conference Coordinator. Call her with your suggestions on 08 9264 4639.


2. WAALC Endof year dinner

This year’sWAALC dinner will be in Fremantle as part of our preparation to host theconference next October.  We willmeet for drinks at the Esplanade Hotel at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 9th December 2008. This will be followed by dinner,probably in the Fishing Boat Harbour area. Conversation will focus on ideas forconference as well as the usual de-brief from the year.  

All members, theirfamilies and friends are invited to join us for a pleasant evening.  The dinner will be BYO and we will splitthe bill.  Please RSVP to anne.willox@swantafe.wa.edu.au  



3. Reports from the 2008 ACAL conference in Surfer’s Paradise

A strong delegation of West Australiansattended the conference in Surfer’s Paradise.   Since the options as usual were very diverse eachdelegate had a slightly different experience.  See http://vetinfonet.det.wa.edu.au/home/ for some detailed reports on arange of delegates’ reflections. 

These include reports about:

Watch the ACAL website www.acal.edu.au   for copies of presentations and papers presented.


4. The Australian Core Skills Framework now available

TheAustralian Core Skills Framework, ACSF, (revised NRS) is now available.  To order your free copy of the fulldocument and the summary document go to http://www.deewr.gov.au/well  


5. Vice-chairpersons appointed to WAALCExecutive

After the WAALC AGM in July, the role of vicechairperson was still vacant.  TheExecutive is pleased to announce that we have accepted an offer from StephanieMitchell and Anne Willox to share the role.  

We welcome Stephanie’s experience as aprevious chairperson of WAALC and a member of the organising committee for theACAL conference when it was last in Fremantle in 2000.  We look forward to Anne’s contributions.  Though this is her first formal officeon the WAALC committee, she has valuable experience in other volunteercommittees and brings with her a long history in TAFE.  Having an extra person occupying anoffice bearer’s position will be particularly useful this year when we arehosting the national conference.


6. NCVERResearch Overview

NCVER recently released the latestadult literacy research overviews. The complete suite of overviews provide acomprehensive summary of each of NCVER's managed adult literacy and numeracyresearch projects funded in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. These projectswere subsequently published in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The latest overviews include:

·      Assessing and acknowledging learning through non-accredited communityadult LLN programs

·      Investigating the impact of intensive reading methods in adultliteracy.

Another overview 'Adult literacyand numeracy development in partnership: Social capital approaches', isexpected to be published by the end of the year.   See http://www.ncver.edu.au/

7. Unsubscribe?

If you don't want to receive thisnewsletter or wish to suspend it while you are away on leave, please email theWAALC secretary, Sheila Rod [sherod_au@yahoo.com.au].


8. New members?

Who do youknow that should be a WAALC member? You are welcome to forward this newsletter to colleagues who you thinkshould be a member of WAALC.  Orperhaps invite a prospective member to attend events like our conference andAGM to meet other members.   We encourage all adult literacy and numeracypractitioners in WA to join WAALC now and be part of the renewed nationalaction to have literacy be embedded in the Social Inclusion Agenda.



9. Issues? Contributions?

WAALC seeks to represent all adulteducators who deliver adult literacy and numeracy programs in WesternAustralia.  If there are issuesthat you think WAALC should take action on, let us know. 


10. ‘Contacts’ update

Let us know if your address changesthrough one of the contact methods listed below. 


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Phone:                     SueMcKay WAALC Chairperson
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