Friday, May 15, 2015 William Angliss Institute

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Keynote speakers

'Meanwhile in a parallel universe' - Lesley Farrell, Professor of Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne   More

'Streams of Potential - What lies beneath' - Brendan Murray, Executive Principal, Parkville College  More

Select from sessions

  • Unpacking the professional identities of LLN teachers

  • Energy-Did you know? A Teaching Resource

  • Mr. Bean comes to the EAL classroom - engage adult EAL learners through the humour of popular culture

  • Ideas for reluctant writers

  • Greater 'Strength with Numeracy' - new Decimal and Measurement activities

  • Listening to learners: Not such a quaint idea

  • Success Stories in Applied Learning

  • Meeting Double Assessment Requirements in the Skills for Education and Employment Program

  • Engaging with Industry - Learn Local approaches for workers transitioning from the automotive industry

  • Literacy learning in Eritrea: exploring multilingual literacies in Australian education contexts

  • Are We There Yet?

  • Incorporating employability skills into the SEE program

See the full program

You are invited to contribute to the next edition of Fine Print

The Fine Print editorial committee is excited to include a selection of writing by students and teachers in the second edition in 2015. It provides a wonderful forum to celebrate the learning and insights of language, literacy and numeracy students and teachers across Victoria. So make a note to include in your class planning some time to explore the themes and draft pieces to submit before the deadline: 10 JUNE.

Significant others in your life and learning

two gulls - significant others in your life and learningWith the broad theme of 'significant others', whether they be family, friends, teachers or other role models, students are asked to write about how they have been an influence in their life and/or education.

Consider the following prompts:

  • How have family members or friends influenced or encouraged you to learn?

  • Who has shown you positive attitudes toward education and lifelong learning?

  • What are the benefits of education that you have seen in others and for yourself?

  • What significant life events have had an impact on your learning journey?

  • How do we show appreciation and value the wisdom and examples of our elders?

  • What importance is placed on reading and writing practices and being numerate in your family, community and society?

We ask teachers to write about how you help your students, with not only the processes and mechanics of writing, but also how you inspire, build confidence, and help your students find a voice. Also consider:

What have been some of the significant influences on your learning and teaching practices? What are some of the strategies you have used to engage and motivate learners?

What have been some of the transformations you have observed in your students over time?

We welcome both poetry and prose and will consider images or artwork as appropriate.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: June 10th

Electronic texts only: Word document; Font: Times New Roman 12;

Word limit for students: between 50 and 250 words

Word limit for teachers: between 200 and 750 words

Please include

  • Title for the piece

  • Name

  • Learning centre or institution

  • Course or program.

The editorial committee will select pieces that best fit the guidelines and represent a diversity of learners and teachers.

Please email all contributions to

VALBEC recognises outstanding service

Jan Hagston (left) and Pauline O’Maley (right) were recently recognised with ‘Life membership’ citations at the 2015 AGM

Community Law Kit

The Community Law Kit, developed by TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services, addresses a range of legal issues and life skills that every student and migrant new to Australia needs to live as an independent adult in our community. It explores legal problems faced every day in the community - such as shopping, renting, taking public transport, neighbour disputes, bullying, dealing with debt etc. and makes practical suggestions for what we can do, say and write in order to assert our legal rights, prevent legal problems arising and get help when needed.

This kit consists of: Community Law Music CD, Struggles in Stranger Street – Reader, Community Law in Action – Learning Resource, The Law Book – A Community Law Reference.

Purchase or call (07) 3261 1300.

Fine Print travels far and wide!

Margie Daniel, mother of Soraya Daniel, with Ros Bauer on Thursday Island

Margie Daniel, mother of Soraya Daniel, with Ros Bauer on Thursday Island.

VALBEC supported Soraya to attend the World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Education (WIPCE) in Hawaii in May. The last issue of Fine Print carried a report from Ros on the WIPCE.

Webinar - 'Building Strength with Numeracy' free VALBEC resources

ACAL and QCAL had a webinar on using the free VALBEC numeracy resources. Over 100 people joined in while the author, Beth Marr, took us through some strategic thinking as well as presentation tips.

This event is now concluded but you can still watch it.

ACAL webinar numeracy log

Download the free resources

Productivity Commission working paper - Literacy and Numeracy skills and Labour Market outcomes in Australia

Productivity Commission paperLiteracy and numeracy skills form part of a person’s ‘human capital’, and are important for economic and social participation.

Research for Australia has found that having better literacy and numeracy skills increases the likelihood of positive labour market outcomes. This paper profiles the literacy and numeracy skills of Australia’s adult population and assesses how important they are for two labour market outcomes – employment and wages.

See the full document.

Lesson ideas -

'The International Year of Family Farming' and '20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family'

VALBEC is observing 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, as well as celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. Each month, in eVALBEC, committee members provide some lesson ideas using these themes

See recent lesson ideas.

learn Local websiteNew Learn Local website

The website makes it easy to learn more about the 316 diverse Learn Local not-for-profit providers that deliver government subsidized training on behalf of the Victorian Government.

2014 Conference at a glance

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Friday, May 16, 2014

William Angliss Institute


See presentations speakers have supplied (more to come)

Lots more program detail

As is the custom in lieu of a gift to presenters, VALBEC made a donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Foundation Skills Workforece Development logoResponses to the Foundation Skills Workforce Development Project consultation

Who is a foundation skills specialist?

Is there a foundation skills field?

The scoping project was intended to generate discussion among those working in foundation skills to define and strengthen the identity of the field, advance the status and standing of the profession and explore options for developing professional standards.

More about the project

See VALBEC's response

Member resources

My Neighbourhood coverMany of our members produce useful resources which are often previewed at conferences or reviewed in Fine Print. See some of these on our new Resources page.
If you're a member of VALBEC (the first requirement) and you would like to have your product listed, contact VALBEC.

A Fuller Sense of Self

A Fuller Sense of SelfDuring 2010, Tricia Bowen recorded the stories of adult literacy students across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The aim of the project was to gather stories which illuminated the lives and learning experiences of these students, while describing the challenges they faced, the events that had provoked their decision to return to ‘school’, and ultimately how their lives had changed and shifted following that decision to undertake adult education. Their stories reflect a changing sense of personal identity and growth in self confidence to engage with the world.

This publication is now available for download.

'Reading the Fine Print: A history of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) 1978 – 2008'

Reading The Fine Print coverPurchase now


Author Beverley Campbell has been involved in education for thirty-five years, twenty-five of those in adult literacy education. She is a past president of VALBEC (1989-91) and a former member of the Adult Community and Further Education Board of Victoria.

‘Fancy Footwork: adult educators thinking on their feet’

(Eds. D Bradshaw, B Campbell, A Clemans)

Purchase now

Fancy FootworkThis book invites you to travel in the footsteps of a group of women, all adult educators from Melbourne, Australia. In their desire to explore the spirit of adult education, they met and wrote regularly over two years.

Their reflections, collected here, take you inside their world. With you, they share what teaching means to them. Writing of joys, dilemmas and dangers, they reveal the complexities of teachers' lives and teaching work. Read these stories and you might very well find yourself heading in new directions.