e-WAALC NEWS February 2006

e-WAALC News is the electronic newsletter of the Western Australian Adult Literacy Council (WAALC).


The WAALC Executive Committee prepares and sends e-WAALC News to members.  We welcome your comments, suggestions, and contributions to the newsletter.

 This newsletter is also available in the ‘News’ section of our web site http://www.waalc.com.au


1)      A message from our president

2)      Join us to plan 2006

3)      Try a virtual Reading Circle

4)      Up-date on CGEA re-accreditation

5)      Issues? Contributions?

6)      ‘Contacts’ update

7)      Unsubscribe?

1. A message from our president

Welcome to the first issue of e-WAALC News for 2006.  I hope you are refreshed and ready to face the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead. I particularly want to welcome our two new WAALC Executive members, Jim Plumridge and Paul Barnes. 

Our first task for the year is to  define the most important issues for the year ahead.  To allow sufficient time to make a goods start on this,  we will replace our usual February WAALC Executive meeting with a half day  Saturday planning session ( for details see next item).

We will focus on:

  • Planning WAALC events for 2006
  • Developing our policy about pre-service and in-service training for adult literacy and numeracy teachers
  • Exploring strategies to improve working conditions for adult literacy and numeracy teachers.

If you have ideas to contribute in any of these areas or other suggestions about what WAALC should do, please contact us using one of the methods offered at the end of the newsletter. Better still, why not set aside the time and come along to the planning session?  Your contributions will be most welcome.

Carmel Jennings, WAALC President


2.  Join us to plan 2006

The WAALC Executive Committee is meeting on 25th February to plan WAALC’s activities for 2006.  All WAALC members are welcome to attend or to contribute suggestions.

Time:   Saturday 9.00 am -12.30 pm 25 February 2006

Venue: Centacare Employment and Training

Level 3, 641-643 Wellington St

Perth WA 6000

Directions:        Close to Perth City Train Station (opposite old Entertainment Centre).  It's a secure building so you need to arrive punctually in order to access the lift.  If you are late, call Robyn 0431 937 354 or Carmel 0408 929 361 and they will let you in.

RSVP to Robyn Rennie WAALC Secretary by email to robyn.rennie@ optusnet.com.au or by post to 19 Brittain Street COMO WA 6152


3. Try a virtual Reading Circle

The WAALC Reading Circle started WAALC’s end of year celebration with a second discussion of The Myth of Ability, Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child.  Unfortunately the venue proved a little hard to find, so our time was limited by the time we all arrived.  We found the book is excellent for triggering discussions about Maths and far beyond it as well.    The food and film provided a pleasant evening, even though it was surprisingly wet for a December evening.

A couple of people have registered for a virtual discussion of The Myth of Ability.  If you would like to join in too, you will need:

1.         A copy of The Myth of Ability, Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, by Canadian John Mighton, published in 2004 by The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne.  You can buy it through Boffins and Dymocks. 

2.        A computer microphone and either headphones or speakers for your computer (or a combined headset).

3.        Access to the ACAL virtual meeting room, Literacy Live.  The address is http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=221

4.        Advise Cheryl Wiltshire that you would like to join in and let her know if you have difficulty with any of the above.  Either phone 08 9264 4639 or email cheryl.wiltshire@ det.wa.edu.au

For those of you who have had enough of The Myth of Ability, please send in your suggestions for books for the Reading Circle in 2006.  We are looking for topics with an impact on teaching and learning for adults.


4. Up-date on CGEA Re-accreditation

The accreditation process for the Certificates in General Education for Adults (CGEA) has commenced.  The Service Industries Curriculum Maintenance Manager (CMM) - General Studies & Further Education in Victoria is managing the process.  There is an  on-line consultation forum at http://tls.vu.edu.au/cf/sitntalk/main.cfm

Directions for this site:

Click on General Studies and Further Education

Go to Log In and follow the prompts to log-in or register... If necessary, click on Help in the left hand menu and follow the instructions.

Click on Resources or FAQs, then General Studies and Further Education.

The Western Australian CGEA Network will prepare a formal submission.  Contact your Regional CGEA Moderation Coordinator with any issues you wish to see included.  See http://vetinfonet.det.wa.edu.au/adultliteracy/CGEA.aspx for the current address list.


5. Issues? Contributions?

WAALC seeks to represent all adult educators who deliver adult literacy and numeracy programs in Western Australia.  If there are issues that you think WAALC should take action on, contact one of the Executive below. 

Contributions to this newsletter are very welcome.  Good news, bad news, anything you think others might want to know, send it in.


6.  Unsubscribe?

If you don't want to receive this newsletter or wish to suspend it while you are away on leave, please email the WAALC secretary, Robyn Rennie [robyn.rennie@optusnet.com.au].  Back issues will be available on the WAALC website for you to catch up when you return.


7.  ‘Contacts’ update

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


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


Use one of the following contact methods for general enquiries:


Postal:                  Robyn Rennie

WAALC Secretary

c/ Centacare Employment and Training

Level 3, 641-643 Wellington St

Perth WA 6000

Email:                   robyn.rennie@ optusnet.com.au


Web:                      www.waalc.com.au


Phone contact:                 Carmel Jennings WAALC President (08) 9482 7000

Fax:                       Attention Cheryl Wiltshire WAALC Vice-President (08) 9264 4646