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Coming Events 2014

ACAL Conference

'Literacy: a learning spiral for life'

Oct 2-4, 2014

Surfers Paradise

Volunteer Tutor Training Course at Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Carlton Neigbourhood learning Centre Are you interested in tutoring an adult who would like to improve their reading and writing skills?

A three week training course will run on Thursday afternoons 3-5 pm July 31st-to August 14th.

Information session July 24th 4-5 pm.


Call 03 93477072 or email Sarah Deasey

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

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VALBEC supports World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Education

VALBEC has contributed $250 to support Soraya Daniel, a Torres Strait Islander living and working in the Tanami Desert, to attend theWorld Indigenous Peoples Conference in Education (WIPCE) in Hawaii in May.

Soroya is very dedicated to supporting Warlpiri people in employment and training. Ros Bauer, Winner - Excellence in Adult Language Literacy Numeracy Practice, Australian Training Awards 2013 has been mentoring her for the past two years to develop her understanding of adult literacy practices. Soraya has previously participated in Indigenous leadership training which included regular trips to parliament, meeting with ministers about community issues and coming up with local strategies.

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

New numeracy resources

'Building Strength with Numeracy' revises and improves on the iconic numeracy resources 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier', and other ‘tried and true’ numeracy teaching resources developed by Beth Marr and other experienced numeracy teachers.

The new resource is a collection of activities that builds on and updates elements of the previous resources, as well as including many new, previously unpublished ideas, activities and student practice exercises.

The resource is accessible online for teachers to use in a range of settings. The activities and practice sheets span a range of levels and subject areas with some suggestions regarding links and sequencing. However, as with the previous resources, it is not intended to cover the whole of any particular curriculum or course.

It is intended that teachers select content relevant to the needs of their learners and integrate it into their own teaching plans in conjunction with other materials. For this reason it has been presented to enable users to download separate activities, single practice sheets or whole sections, as required. The resource is a work in progress in that not all sections of previous resources have yet been included. Hopefully these will be added in the future.

VALBEC acknowledges the funding support of the ACFE board.

Building Strength with Numeracy

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.

Read an extract or purchase a copy

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

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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)

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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.