Conference program

Subject to change without notice

8.15 am Registration

9.00 am Welcome

Includes Abe Nouk, a Sudanese-born artist, spoken-word poet, Poetry Slam 2013 Victorian winner.

9.30 am Keynote

'Evaluating adult literacy and numeracy programs: the how, who, what and why'

Michelle Circelli – Senior Research Officer at NCVER and recipient of the 2013 Fulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education and Training. Michelle spent four months in the United States at the end of 2013 undertaking research into measuring success of adult literacy and numeracy programs.

10.15am Morning Tea






10.45 am

Group A

A1 Progressing the Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults

Wing-Yin Chan Lee and Anita Roberts, TAFE SA and Louise Wignall consultant

A2 EAL Teaching resource - Fish Forever

Meg Cotter, Yarraville Community Centre, Anne McLaughlin, Fisheries Education, Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre Queenscliff

A3 Enhancing speaking skills online

Jill Lewis and Josie Rose, CAE

A4 First Peoples: A Victorian Story

Liz Suda, Melbourne Museum






11.50 am

Group B

B1 What is FSAT? Just another acronym to add to the list or is it more?

Dave Tout, ACER

B2 Learn Locals working with business

Judy Bowman, Wyndham Community and Education Centre and Carolyn Goode, Kyabram Community and Learning Centre

B3 Using Moodle

Hilary Dolan and Gilda Alavuk, NMIT

B4 A finer grained assessment for literacy learners

Michael Christie, LINC Tasmania and Jennifer Dunbabin, Skills Tasmania.


12.50 pm Lunch, displays, networking






1.40 pm

Group C

C1 Don’t forget the numeracy in LLN

Dave Tout, ACER


C2 Facilitating LLN skills in informal work-based learning

Debbie Sperandio

C3 Higher Order Thinking Skills and the Adult Learner

Rhonda Raisbeck, Holmesglen TAFE

C4 Getting Beginners to write – using formative assessment

Natalie Nawrocki, Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services, Ana Paula Balica, Community West






2.45 pm

Group D

D1 Why e-learning is in need of a facelift

Daniella Mayer and Tracy Amman, Chisholm Institute

D2 Measurement skills for work

Tina Berghella, Oggi Consulting Pty Ltd

D3 Sing for your English

Sharon Duff,  and Carmel Davies, Urban Lyrebirds

D4 Going to the Learner and using local community projects as a learning platform

Carole Pondevie-Lay,  Jesuit Community College

3.45 pm

Drawing it together – Michelle Circelli, Conference close


Annual General Meeting

5.00 pm

Networking & Refreshments

Conference displays

The Bookery

The Bookery logoAustralia’s largest English and literacy bookshop. Call us on (03) 84179500.

The Parliament of Victoria

Parliament of Victoria logoprovides a range of educational programs and resources including school tours.



Multifangled logoPractical and hands on literacy and numeracy resources

Page TurnersShort, easy-to-read stories designed by experienced teachers to suit the needs of adults learning to read.


ANHLC logo The peak body for the Neighbourhood House and learning Centre Sector in Victoria



VALBEC logoActive, Informed, Committed Practitioners