Conference program

(The program is subject to change without notice)


Tuesday, September 27


8.00 a.m.



8.45 a.m. Music - Jane Coker, Community Music Victoria


9.05 a.m.

Welcome to country

Official Opening – Rowena Allen, ACFE Chair

Introductions - Geri Pancini


Keynote - Foundation Skills for the Future

Kathryn Shugg, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations


Keynote - Skills for Prosperity and improving Foundation Skills

Robin Shreeve, Chief Executive of Skills Australia


Questions – convened by Geri Pancini, President of ACAL


10.55 a.m.

Morning Tea




11.15 – 12.15 

LLN Community Educator Network Café

This session is being offered to both the ACAL and ALA conference delegates.

11.30 a.m.

Session A

Choose 1 of 8 sessions or Session B

A1 Paddocks to pathways

Julie Johnston and Sue Paull, Diamond Valley Learning Centre

A2 Are we there yet?

Jana Scomazzon, Facilitator of the ISC Foundation Skills Network on behalf of Service Skills Australia

A3 Indigenous voices: teaching us better

Alison Reedy, Charles Darwin University and Heleana Gulwa, Maningrida School, (NT DET)

A4 Adult numeracy teaching and learning in developing countries: lessons from Timor-Leste

Beth Marr, Numeracy consultant

A5 Singing for language learning

Jane Coker, Community Music Victoria

A6 Together we do better: Building social capital through partnership

Peter Newnham, Victoria University and Catherine Cooney, Foundation House

A7 Health literacy as a complex practice

Judy Hunter and Margaret Franken, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Session B

Session B runs concurrently with Sessions A and C

B1 An overview of the revised ACSF including the Pre-Level 1 supplement

Philippa McLean, Philippa McLean Consultancy


12.25 p.m.

Session C

Choose 1 of 7 sessions or Session B

C1 Is this a career? Women and work in the language and literacy educational sector

Ruth Trenerry

C2 Financial literacy as a context for strengthening literacy and numeracy for adults

Jacqui Remnant, Ahikiwi Research & Consulting

C3 Transitioning f2f LN professional development to online blended environment

Nicola McCartney and Lynette Winter, National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults, University of Waikato

C4 Numeracy - online resources

Libby Rowswell, Swinburne University of Technology

C5 Meeting the CALD learner halfway

Tina Vlahos, PRACE

C6 Looking beyond the results - what's sitting behind international surveys? Lessons for teaching

Dave Tout, ACER and Jan Hagston, Multifangled

C7 Remotely interesting: opportunities for VET students to strengthen the LLN skills

Catherine Ralston, Kimberley TAFE

1.30 p.m.


2.35 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote - Literacy and the Big Issue

Alan Attwood, Editor, The Big Issue


3.10 p.m.

Session D

Choose 1 of 8 sessions

D1 The word nerd

Bronwen Hickman, Centre for Adult Education

D2 On track: indigenous mentors providing language, literacy and numeracy learning

Sue Muller, The Learning Workshop

D3 The out-of-class reading of adult English language learners

Kim Hastwell, AUT University and Elizabeth Brugh, AUT University

D4 The object is the story

Liz Suda, Melbourne Museum

D5 Regional voices crying out to be heard!

Jo Hart, CY O'Connor Institute

D6 Am I job ready?

Christine Tully and Vicki Doukas, Kangan Institute

D7 What happened to the professionals - professional teaching standards and the role of adult literacy and numeracy teachers working in the vocational sector.

Margaret McHugh, ACAL, Pauline O’Maley, VALBEC

D8 A bite size experience volunteering in South Africa

Leonie Francis, Riverina Institute TAFE NSW


4.15 p.m.

ACAL Annual General Meeting


5.00 p.m.

Refreshments and networking time


7.00 p.m.

Caravanserai  Dinner

Optional, at own expense

Choose a local restaurant, select from a wide palette of flavours (or is that palate), may be take a tram ride, explore the city at night.



Wednesday, September 28


8.15 a.m.



9.05 a.m.

Welcome – Geri Pancini



Keynote - Adult literacy and numeracy as social practices: What does this mean for pedagogy?

Stephen Black & Keiko Yasukawa, University of Technology Sydney

10.25 a.m.

Morning Tea


11.00 a.m.

Session E

Choose 1 of 5 sessions or Session F

E1 Hard to engage learners

Julie Neeson, Southern Grampians Adult Education, Kaye Scholfield, RMIT Melissa Collits, Project Worker

E2 Teaching outside the comfort zone: self-reflective practice in the ESL classroom

Mary Brooke, Pilbara TAFE

E3 Embedding numeracy into a trades course

Warren Shepheard, National Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy

E4 Shape shifting

Karen Dymke, Luther College

E5 What if your lesson was stunningly relevant? Teaching speaking in context

Lindee Conway, Community West

E6 Mapping tertiary student capabilities - shared concepts of literacy and learning

Anne Taib, Victoria University

Session F

Choose 1 of 2 sessions

Session F runs concurrently with Sessions E and G

F1 Exploring new options for professional development and skill building - support materials for TAE70110 and TAE80110

Robert Bluer, IBSA and Louise Wignall, Lynne Fitzpatrick, Anita Roberts , on behalf of IBSA

F2 Wading into the reading whitespace: a literacy perspective on e-collaboration to exploit visual texts

Jenni Percy, Unitec Institute of Technology


11.55 a.m.

Session G

Choose 1 of 6 sessions or Session F

G1 Diverse environments - educational voices in the workplace

Rhonda Pelletier, Fiveways Training Support and John Molenaar, Manufacturing Learning Victoria

G2 Helping learners understand calculations in a course: moving learners from step 4 to step 5/6 of the make sense of number progressions

Jenny Amaranathan, National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults, The University of Waikato

G3 Digital literacy and future LLN provision

Sue-Ellen Evans, Response Training and Kerry Rock, Response Training

G4 Breaking down barriers

Vicki Singleton, Swinburne University (TAFE) and Marina Makushev, Swinburne University (TAFE)

G5 Do we need a paradigm shift?

Manalini (Lini) Kane

G6 Adult LLN on the Level - Blurring the Lines Between Community and School

Malcolm Lobban, Adult Manager and Cath Forrest, Christies Beach High School, SA

12.50 p.m.



1.55 p.m.

Music – Barb Williams


2.20 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote - Arch Nelson address

Pauline O’Maley


Close and thanks – Geri

3.15 p.m.

Refreshments and Networking time