Coming Events 2014
VALBEC 2014 Conference
Friday 16 May, 2014
'Literacy: a learning spiral for life'
Oct 2-4, 2014
North Melbourne Language and Learning are seeking a capable and enthusiastic person for Further Education Coordinator. The position offers some flexibility and engagement with a diverse and culturally rich community.
Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 28th November 2013.
Applications must address each of the key selection criteria outlined in the position description
Applications - 16 Nov to 11 Dec 2013
The program aims to increase the number of qualified LLN practitioners, particularly in regional areas. It provides scholarships of up to $5,250 to support people undertaking approved study in the academic year following the application.
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.
Friday 16 May, 2014
Jill Lewis’ highly developed specialist knowledge and skill as a language, literacy and numeracy professional make her work at CAE very diverse. She could be working with learners at many different levels of skill and confidence, as a mentor and support to her colleagues or with overseas qualified medical professionals preparing for the Occupational English Test. She has worked on diverse projects including developing online learning resources, running professional development for colleagues, trialling new resources or contributing to the re-accreditation of curriculum. Seeing herself as an active learner, in her engagement with other learners Jill ensures they have learning experiences that will develop the specific skills they need to meet their aspirations, but also the confidence that they can succeed.
'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of activities that builds on and updates elements of the previous resources, as well as including many new, previously unpublished ideas, activities and student practice exercises.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.
Many 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.
During 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.
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.
(Eds. D Bradshaw, B Campbell, A Clemans)
This 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.