'Still Glides the Stream' Presentations

We're grateful to our presenters for their contribution to the conference and pleased that some have been able to offer their material in electronic format.


"A History of VALBEC: from mud-map to mainstream"

Dr Bev Campbell, former VALBEC President

Presentation (PDF 2.1MB) originally the PowerPoint presentation

VALBEC was established in 1978 as a professional organisation. Its journal Fine Print began publication soon afterwards in 1979. VALBEC and Fine Print through their presence, have provided a mirror to the adult literacy field, reflecting trends and changes, and at the same time helping to shape those trends through professional development activities and the many articles published.
In 2007, the VALBEC committee commissioned Bev to undertake the research and writing of a history of VALBEC using Fine Print as a primary source. Bev’s presentation gives an overview of the VALBEC History Project, through a close analysis of thirty years of Fine Print.

Closing keynote

"… and shall forever glide: our ever-changing English language"

Professor Kate Burridge, Chair of Linguistics Monash University

To create a work of art such as a standard language is to enter into a partnership with natural processes. Standard English can never be a finished product. Many of the proscribed features of non-standard English are now extremely widespread in both native and non-native varieties of English. Non-standard English is shaking off its stigma and ‘going public’.

Audio file (mp3 38MB)


A1 ALLS the story continues: Interrogating the results of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALLS) survey - Panel session

Panel Chair, Pauline O’Maley; Dave Tout, Centre for Adult Education; Chris Duncan, Australian Bureau of Statistics; Dr Rob Simons, The Smith Family

Presentation (PDF 70 KB) by Rob Simons, Head of Research and Evaluation, The Smith Family.

This panel session looked at the results of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALLS) survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in Australia in 2006/2007 and consider implications for current and future adult literacy and numeracy programs and other community education and development programs.

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Panel Chair, Pauline O’Maley, Co-ordinator Community Re-integration Program, Salvation Army; Dave Tout, Centre for Adult Education, and a member of the international numeracy team responsible for developing the numeracy component of the survey and a member of the Reference Group for ALLS in Australia; Chris Duncan, Director, National Centre for Education and Training Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics; Dr Rob Simons, Head of Research and Evaluation, The Smith Family.


A2 Positive psychology in Adult Learning

Wayne Jencke, Innate Intelligence

Presentation (PDF 120KB)

Positive psychology is a relatively new area of psychology that focuses on the characteristics of people who thrive. This workshop will focus on how positive psychology can be used to build resilience in Adult Learning Teaching Professional and their students. The program includes the use of software that has been used throughout America to successfully address test anxiety that is commonly experienced by students.

Wayne Jencke is the product development manager for Innate Intelligence - a business that specialises in the science of thriving. Wayne has previously worked in the TAFE and University sectors for more than 10 years.


B1 AccessACE clever uses of ICT in ACE: lessons learned in blended learning

Josie Rose, Southern Metropolitan Region, ACFE and Michael Chalk, PRACE

Presentation (PDF 550KB)

This workshop deals with the outcomes of the AccessACE project funded by the ACFE Board during 2007. This project researched clever uses of ICT in ACE.

Josie Rose has worked in the ACE sector for the past 20 years as an adult literacy and ESL tutor, and for the past 7 years as ICT professional development co-ordinator. For the past 3 years Josie has worked with the Australian Flexible Learning Framework's nationally funded Community Engagement project team as PD facilitator. She has also managed various ICT projects for ACFE.

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B2 Social capital and economic outcomes of language, literacy and numeracy courses

Venny Smolich, Victoria University TAFE

Presentation (PDF 300KB)

When looking at the outcomes of our language, literacy and numeracy courses we tend to focus mainly on the specific course outcomes as defined by the curriculum. We tend not to look at the broader outcomes of these courses for our students, and we don’t generally explore and quantify the impact that these courses have on students’ lives and on the community.

Venny Smolich has taught in TAFE Access programs for many years. Currently she is the Program Manager of Women's Programs at Victoria University TAFE.

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B3 Community leadership through learning and partnerships

Elena Sheldon, Springvale Learning & Activities Centre Inc., Bang Nguoth, Community Leader and Youth Worker, Springvale Learning and Activities Centre Inc., and Leanne Malcolm, City of Greater Dandenong

Presentation (PDF 350KB)

Photos (PDF 450KB) of Sudanese community activities used as a backdrop to the sesion

The workshop will focus on achieving successful learning outcomes by applying strategies based on community development approach to adult education and partnerships. The workshop will explore the ways to start and build partnerships and the role of local government as it sets the strategic direction for the municipality along with key outcomes for strong, vibrant, sustainable communities. ELLA (English Language and Literacy Access) exemplifies successful partnership by bringing together government, ACE, TAFE and schools in the City of Greater Dandenong.

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C3 Community enterprises as sites for adult learning: the Healthy Canteen project 2007- 08

Frances Newell, Victoria University

Presentation (PDF 140 KB)

This case study describes how a group of mainly mature age African women successfully studied Certificate II in Hospitality in the context of operating a healthy, multi-cultural canteen at a primary school.

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Currently Frances is employed in the School of Education at Victoria University where she has managed a number of employment, learning and research projects. Previously Frances coordinated a TAFE VCAL program and a neighbourhood learning centre.


C4 Literacy through life theatre

Linno Rhodes, Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Theatre intro (PDF 30KB)

Writing a play (PDF 20KB)

Bin to Work program (PDF 200KB)

Each year for 4 years, the Everyday Literacy class at CNLC has developed and performed a play about topical issues such as train travel, healthy eating, loneliness and accessing communities, and recycling. The plays have enabled learners with intellectual disabilities to access literacy activities that are designed for their specific learning needs. The plays have the support of La Mama theatre in Carlton.

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Linno Rhodes has worked for the last four years as a literacy educator, and has also worked in diverse community settings for twenty years.


C5 Delivering the Certificates in General Education for Adults with a focus on the employability skills

Lisa Bartels and Venny Smolich, Victoria University

Presentation (PDF 130KB)

This workshop will be of interest to all teachers delivering the Certificates in General Education for Adults.

Lisa Bartels is a Senior Educator for Literacy within the School of General Education Programs and Services at Victoria University. Venny Smolich is the Program Manager for Womens Programs within the School of General Education at Victoria University.

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The conference is supported by Adult Community and Further Education