Adult Literacy & Numeracy Services (ALNS) helps people develop their English literacy or numeracy (L&N) skills. This can require different help for different students because literacy and numeracy cover many things. Literacy can involve reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, speaking, using technology, completing forms. Numeracy involves learning the language of maths in order to read, speak, write and calculate.
ALNS helps small groups and individuals expand skills like these in a customised way. It aims to support anyone who wants to learn which can involve school students or leavers, business people, retirees or other adults. This can include a native English-speaker or someone who is learning the language. People can decide to build their literacy & numeracy skills for all sorts of reasons.
ALNS’ founder, Fran Davidson, has solid experience in teaching, learning languages, studying and supporting people. This helps her support others as they check their work, explore new concepts, complete assessments or “just” build skills. ALNS offers relaxed, professional, personalised mentoring based upon the learner’s needs and goals. Before we start actively learning, we meet to discuss and agree how and what sessions will focus upon. There are so many ways to offer support.
In 2018, Fran started working with organisations to help employees build literacy and numeracy skills for work. 2019 saw her moving into distance and online mentoring as well. Location needn’t be an obstacle to developing L&N skills. Please explore the other pages on this site to learn more about this.
Adult Literacy & Numeracy Services also buddies with L&N teachers when the load is too much. This is a confidential, judgment-free service which helps mentors brainstorm ideas; develop learning plans or resources; and meet admin requirements.
To discuss any of the above, contact ALNS on 0413 525 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live outside of Sydney or want to learn more about the options available to you around Australia, contact the Reading Writing Hotline via email here or 1300 655 506.
To learn a little more about how the Hotline helps people, click on the video image.
I recently had the chance to talk with a business client about transitioning their L&N learners into further work and/or training. The transition process, at work, is powerful because it often sees learners going public for the first time. This can trigger a lot of stressors which the employer may be unaware of. L&N skills development is a courageous step that businesses can feed and grow from, too. To download or share this handout, click here or on the image to the right.
My latest publication outlines how low literacy & numeracy skill levels can affect workplace outcomes. It is not the first document to do this yet it is amazing to see how widespread these issues are in Australia. My handout seeks to outline how sponsoring L&N skills development can add value. To read it, click here.
Looking for a government-funded L&N group?
At the start of this year, TAFE NSW launched a few L&N programs. There are very few subsidised adult classes right now so it’s great to see these programs launched. Not everyone wants to learn one-on-one so click here if you’re looking for a good alternative.