2023 Adult Literacy Practitioner Professional Development

2023 Workshops

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

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Teaching Numeracy in the 21st Century

with Dave Tout

Ten online workshops

Wed 5 April: 12.30 - 2pm   Teaching numeracy in the 21st century
Fri 28 April: 12.30 - 2pm   Critical connections between numeracy, maths and language
Tue 16 May: 1 - 2pm   Why context is the critical starting point for numeracy
Tue 20 June: 1 - 2pm    Numbers, numbers everywhere
Wed 5 July: 1 - 2pm   Measurement sense
Wed 26 July: 1 - 2pm   Q&A
Wed 2 Aug: 1 - 2pm   Having the time of our lives with numeracy
Wed 6 Sept: 1 - 2pm   Numeracy, statistics, and big data
Wed 27 Sept: 1 - 2pm   Getting from here to there with numeracy
Mon 9 Oct: 1 - 2pm   Shapes around us

This series of practical workshops will highlight issues related to how numeracy and mathematics can best be taught to often reluctant and maths anxious youth and adult learners. Adult learners need to be supported and encouraged to view mathematics in a different way and to learn how useful, important and critical maths can be in their lives – as individuals, as family and community members, as citizens and as workers.  

All sessions will incorporate practical suggestions for relevant teaching approaches and activities, and include access to handouts and materials ready to use in your teaching. The activities and guidelines focus on numeracy skills from Pre-level 1 to Levels 1 and 2 of the ACSF. 

Two face-to-face workshops

Having some fun with numeracy and maths

Launceston - Mon 23 October 10 am - 12.30 pm

Hobart - Wed 25 October 10 am - 12.30 pm

These face-to-face workshops will enable participants to experience a range of maths activities suitable for classroom use with a range of EAL, literacy and numeracy students. The activities focus on the development of core maths skills through approaches such as whole and small group work and the use of hands-on materials, and will illustrate alternative approaches to the traditional worksheet or textbook approach for teaching numeracy and maths. 

About the trainer

Dave is an experienced adult and youth LLN educator who is particularly interested in making mathematics relevant, interesting and fun for all learners He is recognised as one of Australia's leading numeracy personnel with over 50 years’ experience working across schools, TAFEs, community providers, universities, national education bodies and workplaces. He has worked at a state, national and international level in research, curriculum, assessment and professional development. Dave has written many numeracy and maths curriculum, teaching and PD resources, and is also an author of the Australian Core Skills Framework. Dave has been involved in international numeracy assessments including the OECD’s PIAAC and PISA assessment programs.

The Big Six of Reading 

with Anne Bayetto 

A series of online workshops

Wed 26 April: 9.30am - 11.30am    Vocabulary
Wed 10 May: 9.30am - 11.30am    Phonological Awareness
Wed 7 June: 9.30am - 11.30am     Comprehension
Wed 28 June: 9.30am - 11.30am   Overarching fluency

Wed 12 July: 9.30am - 11.30am    Letter Sound Knowledge (*rescheduled from 24 May)

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. 

These workshops 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.

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.

Delivering Language, Literacy and Numeracy in the Workplace 

with Jenni Oldfield

Online - across two days. Attendance in both sessions is needed to understand and get the most out of the course content.

Part 1: Tuesday 2 May 9.30am - 1pm

Part 2: Tuesday 9 May 9.30am - 1pm

This two part workshop is for new and existing Adult Literacy Trainers 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.

Introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework 

with Harry Atkinson

Hobart: Wednesday 21 June 10am - 4pm

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.