Foundation Skills for LLN specialists and Trainers/Assessors

Due to popular demand, Velg Training and Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) are now offering a series of webinars in November/December 2013 that will cover the information delivered in the sold out face-to-face workshop series Foundation Skills for LLN specialists and Trainers/Assessors.

To ensure we maintain the integrity of the workshop content and maintain participant interaction, this workshop will be delivered over two webinar sessions, one week apart. Participants will have the option of registering for two different intakes of these specially designed webinars, where content will be delivered over two sessions that will be two hours each in length.

Who Should Attend

  • LLN practitioners and program managers
  • Providers of learner support and access education
  • LLN specialists and consultants
  • Foundation skills/LLN teachers working in Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) and Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) programs

Click here to secure your place now!

Sessions and Dates


27 Nov & 4 Dec
(Intake 1)

28 Nov & 5 Dec
(Intake 2)

Week 1 – session 1

National foundation skills policy and initiatives, unpacking and using the Foundation Skills Training Package and support resources

1.30pm – 3.30pm
27 Nov 2013
1.30pm – 3.30pm
28 Nov 2013
Week 2 – session 2

Integrated delivery and collaboration and Building educator and trainer capacity

1.30pm – 3.30pm
4 Dec 2013
1.30pm – 3.30pm
5 Dec 2013

What will be covered in the Webinar

Increasing emphasis on the delivery of foundation skills in Vocational Education and Training (VET) is challenging Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) specialists to expand the way in which they work.

The success of the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults relies not only on LLN specialists building their own expertise, but also on their ability to provide leadership and advice to other VET practitioners.

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter, Anita Roberts, before each session, please email

Cost of webinar

$39 (includes GST) Velg Training have significantly discounted the cost of the sessions to ensure participants who were unable to attend the face to face series have access to the content.

Click here to secure your place now!

Very Positive Feedback from the recent Two-Way Learning Seminar at the Hyogo Prefectural Government Centre

This seminar, co-sponsored by WATESOL and MLTAWA with support from Hyogo Prefectural Government Centre, provided a unique opportunity to explore in greater depth, some aspects of the cross – curricula priorities of the Australian Curriculum.

Both Professor Malcolm and Professor Maeda’s presentations provided participants with ample food for thought in the way we approach education, equality and problem-solving in the future.

Professor Ian Malcolm, Emeritus Professor, Edith Cowan University, shared the West Australian ABC of Two-Way Literacy and Learning ‘Two-Way’ approach which shows how knowing more about the way Aboriginal people use English can help make learners’ access to Standard English easier as well as promoting harmony and respect across cultures in the classroom.

Visiting Professor Koji Maeda from Waseda University introduced the Ainu people and what is being done to increase better equality between Ainu people and mainstream Japan society.  

In his presentation, he shared the Japanese Urespa Project’s ‘mutual learning’ approach (urespa meaning ‘mutual nurturing’ in the Ainu language and sodateai in Japanese).  

This approach stresses a nurturing environment in which both Ainu and non-Ainu students feel included.

  Feedback was extremely positive as below.

·       Participants commented on the amazing similarities between the current struggles of both Ainu and Aboriginal communities and how pleased they were to have that brought to light.

·       Native Japanese teachers and other experienced language teachers were surprised to discover that their knowledge of the Ainu people was extremely limited and they were inspired to learn more by this presentation.

·       The presentation raised interesting questions such as Why had the Ainu people continued to struggle to find acceptance among the Japanese community while the Okinawans had risen to become strong and proud of their cultural heritage?  What had led to such different pathways?

·       Participants commented extremely positively about the venue choice and the attention to detail in providing Japanese refreshments to set the scene for the seminar.

·       Energetic discussion continued following the seminar – participants indicated that they would have liked even more question and answer time to allow further idea sharing.

·       This seminar was so attractive to participants because it was not targeting any particular group of people or educators.  It was appealing and insightful for all audience members.

·       Participants queried when a follow up event would be held to allow for further knowledge development in this area.

·       The resource display was extremely well received and added an extra dimension to the culturally rich presentation.

WAIER Forum 2013

The WAIER committee is pleased to announce the details for the WAIER Annual Research Forum for 2013.

Theme : Research Informing Reform
Date : Saturday 10th August – 1pm start and sundowner from 5-6pm
Venue: Tannock Hall of Education, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle
Keynote: Professor Barry Down – “ ‘You can’t be neutral on a moving train’: Why critical educational research matters in ‘dark times’

You are invited to register to attend and/or present at

Abstracts due date:26 July 2013
For further details please refer to this flyer: WAIER Forum 2013. We look forward to seeing you there!

WACE 2016: teacher briefings on draft EAL/D curriculum

Dear members,
For those of you working in Secondary and Senior Secondary in particular, there is an opportunity to get a sneak preview of what the Courses might look like in WA in 2016.

The Year 11 and 12 ATAR courses for EAL/D in the 2016 WACE (Units 3 and 4) will be released for teacher comment and discussion very shortly and I urge all of you to have some input.

You can attend EAL/D Teacher Briefings in the South Metro on 4/6, 4.30-5.30pm, or in the North Metro on 5/6, 4.30-5.30pm.

Regional teachers in Bunbury, Geraldton and Albany can participate in Teacher Briefings in person (check SCSA link for dates) or sign up online for Webinars.

Anyone interested, please register ASAP at the SCSA website:

Any queries can be directed to the EALD Principal Consultant :



Using IT in Language Teaching


Dear members,

WATESOL is delighted to announce a special professional learning opportunity with a well-known international speaker on technology and languages.

On Saturday 15th June, Joe Dale will deliver a half-day presentation on how to use tools like Twitter, Audacity and Podomatic in the languages classroom.

Joe Dale is a popular conference presenter from the UK, where he writes for the Guardian (Education) and is a consultant for a number of bodies including the BBC and the British Council.  I will attach a summary of his current bio and links to his podcasts at the end of this email, for those who are interested.

We are co-hosting this event with the Modern Language Teachers’ Association and you need to get in quick as there are very limited places available for members of each association.  Please follow the RSVP instructions on the attached flier scrupulously!

If you miss out, don’t worry.  We hope the survey will help us plan more PD in this area.  So, as usual, feel free to drop me a line if you have any suggestions.



Click on this link for details: Joe Dale 15th June(1)