2022-23 Adult Literacy Practitioner Professional Development

2023 Workshops

26TEN supports the Tasmanian adult literacy workforce by offering free workshops. 

To find out about upcoming workshops, please add your contact details to our circulation list.


Introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework 

with Harry Atkinson

Dates for 2023 to be confirmed. 

This face-to-face workshop is for those who are new (or nearly new) to the ACSF framework, including:

  • new or aspiring Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) practitioners
  • 26TEN project managers
  • participants in the Tutor Adult Literacy Learners (TALL) TasTAFE program who would like to increase their knowledge of the ACSF
  • anyone involved in projects that use the ACSF.

Come along and discover what the ACSF is and how it can be used to:

  • assess learner core skills
  • identify the core skill requirements of training and/or a work/job role
  • develop your own core skill assessment tasks
  • make assessment decisions in reading writing, oral communication and numeracy.

About the trainer

Harry Atkinson is a teacher who has been involved in adult literacy programs and foundation skills programs in Tasmania since 2003.  He has used the Australian Core Skills Framework (and its predecessor the National Reporting System) to assess a broad range of learners in many different contexts.

Harry has managed and delivered a number of adult literacy and foundation skills programs including 26TEN Employer Grants, Workplace English Language and Literacy Programmes, the Language Literacy and Numeracy Programme and the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program.  

More recently, Harry has been employed by Work & Training to manage and deliver Foundation Skills and Workplace Literacy Programs in collaboration with Tasmanian businesses, industry groups and community organisations.

Delivering Language, Literacy and Numeracy in the Workplace 

with Jenni Oldfield

Dates for 2023 to be confirmed. 

This workshop is for new and existing Adult Literacy Skills Officers and other literacy practitioners who want to expand their knowledge and skills to include workplace-based delivery. Such work requires additional skills and experience over and above that required for community or education-based practitioners.

You will learn about: 

  • what it is really like to deliver LLN in a workplace
  • analysis of workplace LLN requirements
  • designing a workplace LLN project
  • delivering a workplace program.

About the trainer


Jenni Oldfield has worked in the adult literacy sector for more than 25 years, delivering adult literacy training and assessment in lots of different contexts, including Indigenous communities, prisons, mine sites and aged care homes.

She has developed lots of resources to support the development of adult literacy skills in the community and for work, and for a time she worked as a WELL Broker to establish adult literacy programs in workplaces.

Jenni's more recent work includes: delivering professional development programs for trainers and assessors to get the most out of the ACSF in practice, the development of ACSF assessment tools, consultancy work to assist training organisations to deliver quality training and assessment programs, and development of vocational training packages across a range of industry areas.

The Big Six of Reading 

with Anne Bayetto 

Dates for 2023 to be confirmed. 

Learn about the six key skills (Big 6) for learning to read. 

Current research identifies 6 broad areas of development required for reading, all underpinned by early literacy experiences. The Big Six in reading are:

  • Oral language
  • Phonological awareness
  • Letter-sound knowledge (phonics)
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension

Some adults who have difficulties reading, or can't read at all, are likely to have missed out on learning one or more of these skills. Working with adults to gain these skills can markedly improve their reading (and writing) ability. 

This workshop will focus on effective approaches for working with adults who have little or limited literacy skills. There will be a particular focus on the Big Six, including practical approaches for the development of these skills.

This workshop will be delivered online (Zoom) over two sessions. 

About the trainer


Anne Bayetto is a Researcher and Lecturer in Special Education at Flinders University.

She has been the reading expert for the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) program, offered in every state of Australia. Through this program, she has been part of a team gathering pre- and post- data from PALL participants and later undertaking case studies in schools to learn about effective, long-term approaches. This research has been published in reports back to Education Departments, journals, book chapters, and a purposely written book. 

Anne is a member of the Research in Inclusive and Specialised Education (RISE) group at Flinders University and works collaboratively with colleagues to advance knowledge and practice.

While her work is mostly with K-12 teachers, she has adapted her workshop to focus on strategies for working with adults.