Wednesday, 7 June 2023

NSWALNC Conference 2023 Keynote Speakers to include Professor Uta Papen

Teaching adult literacy and numeracy: more than skills,  In-person Conference, Friday 8 December 

Our keynote speakers include Professor Uta Papen (Lancaster University, UK) whose extensive work over many years in literacy studies includes her book Adult literacy as social practice: more than skills (Routledge).


Wednesday, 24 May 2023

NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council Workshop and AGM - 5.30 pm 22 June 2023 via Zoom

The NSWALNC will hold the Annual General Meeting online on 6.30 pm Thursday 22 June. The 2023-24 Executive will be elected at the AGM. The AGM will also be preceded by a workshop. The topic of the workshop will be confirmed closer to the date.


Participation in workshop is free for members. Non-members are also welcome to book a ticket for $20 - or join the Council now, and attend this and future workshops for free and get a discount for our annual conference.


All members are encouraged to attend.

NSWALNC Conference 2023 – Teaching adult literacy and numeracy: more than skills, In-person, Friday 8 December

Literacy and numeracy are lifelong and life-wide resources for engaging in social practices in the home, community and work. In recent decades, government policies in many countries in the Anglosphere have narrowed the focus of adult literacy and numeracy programs to employability skills training, and a competency-based training (CBT) model with tightly defined outcomes within accredited training. This reduces both the scope of programs and teachers’ and students’ agency to tailor the programs according to the students’ needs, interests and aspirations. From research and our experiences, we know that many adults want more than ‘basic skills’ when they attend adult literacy and numeracy classes. Often their needs and goals include reducing a sense of social alienation, building self-confidence and esteem to participate in learning and in the community, learning about contemporary economic, civic and social issues and exploring new purpose and goals in life.


This conference is a forum for exploring spaces and approaches to expand the scope of literacy and numeracy programs to enable students to gain personally meaningful educational outcomes through program participation. Invitations are extended for workshops and research presentations that deepen our collective understanding of what we can do to deliver more than instrumental skills to adult learners.


Call for Papers and Presentations will be out soon. Registration opens in July.

Monday, 13 March 2023

NSWALNC Webinar – 27 April 2023 - The Referendum on the Voice to Parliament: Exploring the role of adult educators in engaging students in the debate

The NSWALNC held a webinar on Thursday 27 April on “The Referendum on the Voice to Parliament: Exploring the role of adult educators in engaging students in the debate”. The webinar was an opportunity for adult literacy and numeracy teachers to discuss, share and debate how we can support our learners' engagement with the Referendum on the Voice to Parliament. While recognising curriculum and assessment pressures that all teachers face, as adult educators we also have an obligation to create spaces to teach our learners the knowledge and skills they need to exercise their citizenship responsibility to be engaged in this important issue.

Date: Thursday  27 April 2023


Cost: NSWALNC 2023 Members Free; Non-Members $20.00