The Western Australian Adult Literacy Council
The Western Australian Adult Literacy Council (WAALC) was established with the purpose of ensuring that all adult West Australians have the opportunity to develop the literacy and numeracy skills required to actively participate in our increasingly complex society.
We honour their cultures and languages and pay respect to the elders past, present and emerging.
Practice engagement theory (PET) holds that adult literacy and numeracy proficiency develops as a result of engaging in everyday reading, writing and maths practices. Reciprocally, an adult’s proficiency affects their engagement in everyday literacy and numeracy practices.
PET, along with a growing body of longitudinal research, confirms that literacy and numeracy interventions that increase engagement in meaningful everyday practices builds proficiency over time.
The concept of ‘digital literacies’ is defined and understood in many different ways. The perspective which is widely accepted views digital literacies as social practices.
To be digitally literate means to have a rich repertoire of skills, knowledge, understandings and ways of thinking to interpret, create, manage and share meanings through different digital channels, for different purposes, in various contexts and with different audiences.
Today, Jo is the president of the president of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy.
Some of her students start their classes without being able to write their weekly shopping list.
Others are motivated to learn so they can write family members a card on their own.
All have to confront their low self-confidence to succeed.
The numbers are staggering — an estimated 36 million adults lack the basic literacy, numeracy, and job skills necessary to find well-paying jobs and navigate public and social systems. What’s more, the number of education programs that serve these adults is woefully low. According to a report from Tyton Partners1, our federal- and state-funded programs have the capacity to serve only about four million of the 36 million.
Season 2 of this powerful and inspiring documentary premieres Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.
Our Digital Access approach improves families’ digital inclusion by ensuring all Learning for Life families have access to low cost internet and devices as well as tech support and the knowledge on how to make the most of the technology they have.
Tools for Tutors
Our toolkits are designed to work for informal and formal learning alike.
This part of the toolkit looks at how you can use the learner cards to deliver a formal learning course.
Note: This is an UK Website
Cyber and Digital Literacy Resources
Interesting article from UK Website –
Teaching literacy skills to adults
WAALC is proud to be associated with the State Library of Western Australia
Keep up to date with adult literacy and numeracy in Australia
Here’s Five great places to start are: