e-WAALC NEWS March 2007

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


The WAALC Excessive Committee prepares and sends e-WAALC News to members four or five times year.  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)      Welcome to 2007

2)      General meeting to amend constitution

3)      2007 ACAL conference

4)      WAALC conference - Expanding Literacy: exploring outcomes, content and practice in 2007

5)      WELL funding released

6)      Literacy Live Online Forum

7)     Discussion paper - Community Education and National Reform

8)      New members?

9)       ‘Contacts’ update

10)  Unsubscribe?

11)   Issues? Contributions?

1.  Welcome to 2007

Hello Everybody,

And may I take this opportunity to welcome you all to 2007.  So what does 2007 have in store for us?

We’ve been looking at ways to be more proactive in the Adult Literacy and Numeracy field.  On WAALC’s agenda for 2007:

  • Looking at working conditions in the Adult Literacy field
  • Conference in July – Expanding Literacies
  • Ideas for funding from the Lotteries Commission

If you are interested in the working conditions in our field, I suggest you read Gavin Moodie’s article in Literacy Link, Balance of Power: Commonwealth and States ownership of VET, where he extrapolates possibilities for adult literacy while analyzing the new IR laws. 

Our Conference in July – Expanding Literacies, promises to be exciting and challenging to those of us working in the field.  Look out for the Call for Papers which will be out soon.

Project ideas for funding from the Lotteries Commission might also hold some exciting and challenging times ahead.

If any of these ideas or projects interest you in any way, we would love to see you at the General Meeting n Thursday, 8th March 2007, at Manners Restaurant, 243 James St, Northbridge. We will also be updating the Council’s constitution at this meeting.

Again, welcome to the challenges in 2007.

Carmel Jennings

Chairperson, WAALC


2. General meeting to amend constitution

Members will already have received an invitation to the General Meeting and details of the amendments to be considered (See document attached).  The business of the meeting includes:

·         Three changes proposed to the constitution (the wording of the section about what payments can be made, removal of the requirement to audit financial records and the specification of who can be signatories to Council accounts).

·         A proposal for WAALC to establish a policy on minimum  working conditions in adult literacy workplaces.

·         Planning for the annual conference.

Time:                    Thursday 8 March 2007 at 5:00 -7.00 pm

Location:            Manners Training Restaurant, 243 James St, Northbridge

RSVP to Robyn Rennie by close of business Monday 5th March by email to rrennie@centacarewa.com.au or phone 0431 937 954 and leave a message. 

Members are welcome to bring along guests but of course you must be a current member to vote. 


3. ACAL Conference in New Zealand

We will need to plan ahead  a little more this year to attend the ACAL conference as it will be in Auckland. The dates are 28 & 29 September 2007 so it is time now to decide if you want to go.  Special pre-conference activities and visits are set aside for Thursday 27 September so you might want to count that day in as well.

The Conference is being co-hosted by Workbase, NZ in collaboration with Literacy Aotearoa and the National Association of ESOL Home Tutors.  Keep an eye on the ACAL website http://www.acal.edu.au  for links to the conference organiser.  A call for presentations and workshops will be made soon along with details for early bird registrations. 

More details are available through phoning Workbase on 0011+64+9 3613800 or email admin@workbase.org.nz


4. WAALC conference - Expanding Literacy: exploring outcomes, content and practice in 2007

The theme of our annual conference will be 'Expanding Literacy: exploring outcomes, content and practice in 2007’. The aim is to review, discuss and critique current developments in the field of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and their impact on students, teachers and the general community.

The conference will be in Perth on Thursday 12 July 2007. The Call for Papers will be out soon.  Call Carmel Jennings if you have ideas for activities that should form part of the day.


5. WELL funding released

The federal government recently released the news that $74.9 million of funds have been allocated to the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program for the next four years.  This is good news and we look forward to more employers taking up the option of having LLN provision on site targeting workplace needs.

The WELL national resource projects are currently advertised. If you know an industry or workplace that has a need for LLN resources look into this. 

Resource funding is available for:

·         training materials designed to enhance language, literacy and numeracy skills that are aligned with endorsed training packages;

·         industry relevant language, literacy and numeracy assessment and reporting methods;

·         professional development resources for industry trainers and/or assessors aligned with training packages.

Funding is also available for projects that have national scope and involve strategic activities to support ongoing and cost effective workplace English language, literacy and numeracy training across one or more industry sectors.  Priority areas include:

·         development of a national language, literacy and numeracy plan for a particular industry;

·         implementation of strategies to encourage and/or support workplace language, literacy and numeracy training across a whole industry sector;

·         development and trialling of nationally applicable models and strategies to integrate language, literacy and numeracy in workplace training consistent with the Australian Quality Training Framework, preferably with a cross-industry focus.

The following groups may apply for funding:

·         registered training organisations;

·         representative bodies (industry skills councils, employer organisations and trade unions);

·         incorporated bodies;

·         Australian government agencies and state and territory government departments and agencies.

Applications for resource and strategic projects are only considered for funding once a year.  Applications close on 28 March 2007.

For more information contact the Workplace English Language and Literacy program hotline on 02 6240 7333 or visit www.dest.gov.au/well


6. Literacy Live Online Forums

Five Western Australians attended the first ACAL Online Forum in Literacy Live (more than any other state). 

Session 2: New learning technologies: what are they and how do I use them in the virtual and face-to-face classroom? March 15 at 6.00 AWDST.  While the event is free, registration is required at acal@pacific.edu.au  4 hours prior to the start.

Michael Coghlan will introduce participants to the world of virtual classrooms and demonstrate the kinds of activities that are possible in these learning environments. There will be opportunity for discussion on how to effectively employ virtual classrooms in your teaching and professional life. A range of expert practitioners will share with participants will introduce participants to the world of new learning technologies and demonstrate the kinds of activities that are possible in these learning environments. Guest speakers will demonstrate a range of activities and resources that are available for use in online learning environments. There will be opportunity for discussion on how to effectively employ these new learning technologies in your teaching and professional life.

This is the 2nd of 6 professional development forums in a virtual classroom space.  This virtual classroom space is a great mechanism for communicating with other practitioners around Australia. Each of the six sessions will build on skills in using new technologies in new ways with loads of hands-on activities and examples of how practitioners can then use these skills in their own workplace.

The 3rd Literacy Live Forums are April 18: What do teachers need to know to teach technology? (time tbc).  More details will be able from the ACAL web site at http://www.acal.edu.au/

Make sure you have the Literacy Live software downloaded at both home and work as the April forum will be during the day to allow for a guest from the United States to present.


7. Discussion paper – Community Education and National reform

DEST has released a discussion paper entitled ‘Community Education and National Reform’.  It can be downloaded from the DEST website http://www.dest.gov.au  The paper suggest major changes to the way literacy and other entry level courses in VET will be funded and supported in the future. Members should take the time to look at the proposals.  

Adult Learning Australia (ALA) has published a response to the paper on their website http://www.ala.asn.au/report/Bardon_response_v4.pdf   there is also a brief overview of the discussion paper in the January edition of Literacy Link (see the ACAL website http://www.acal.edu.au then ‘Publications’).


8. ‘Contacts’ update

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


9. 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.




10. New members?

Who do you know that should be a WAALC member? You are welcome to forward this newsletter to colleagues who you think should be a member of WAALC.  Or perhaps invite a prospective member to attend events like our end of year dinner to meet other members.


11. 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, let us know. 

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


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

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Phone :                 08) 9482 7031     (Carmel Jennings WAALC Chairperson)

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