About ALNS

About Adult Literacy & Numeracy Services (ALNS)

ALNS was launched in 2016 to help school leavers, job seekers, adult learners, retirees and literacy & numeracy (L&N) teachers.  Working in the field between 2013-15, Fran noticed how government funding criteria affects programs.  There are many cost-effective and high-quality L&N programs, teachers and institutions around the globe.  Sometimes, however, things can get squeezed in ways that affect those the industry wants to help. 

Many people thrive in Australia’s government-funded adult education system.  Some, however, want a slower, more personalised and/or detailed approach to learning.  ALNS provides relaxed, enjoyable, supportive and relevant learning experiences.  Whilst some people want to learn only what they have to, others (believe it or not!) want to learn “properly”.


About Fran

Fran has been teaching adults since 2000 in large and small groups, and one-on-one.  Before then, she regularly trained people in workplace systems and computer programs.  She has always pursued multiple interests, including languages to beginner/intermediate level (French, Hebrew).  She’s only fluent in English but these experiences help her to empathise with learners.

Fran qualified as a Teacher of Adult Literacy & Numeracy in 2014.  She holds a Cert IV in Training & Assessment (TAE40110); a Business Degree (Strategic Marketing); and a Working with Children Check.  Over time, Fran has partially studied Chinese Medicine, Speech Pathology and Ministry (without finishing).  She’s mentored kindergarten readers and taught intuitive development since the 1990’s.  Altogether, these experiences help Fran to deliver well-paced classes.  She does assign homework and encourages practice based upon her student’s other commitments.

A qualified strategic marketer and planner, Fran also helps business people develop their skills.  She has managed portfolios and supported management and staff in private and public sectors.  Fran has built and operates her own businesses, and is well-aware of what this can involve.  As a literacy & numeracy teacher – general, workplace, academic or computer – Fran can help.


About ALNS’ approach to L&N learners

In the 1970’s, Australian education departments decided that teaching (and learning!) maths and grammar wasn’t so useful.  Many of today’s adults, therefore, missed out on developing these skills.  Not all schools followed this directive – some got this education; others did not.   

ALNS is 100% learner-focused – what and how you learn revolves around you.  Some people want input into their program’s design; others don’t.  However you want to learn, whatever your reasons, the first step is to meet and discuss your situation.  From there, Fran develops a plan that’s regularly checked with you.

ALNS aims to help adults and school leavers enjoy learning English literacy and numeracy.  Not everyone wants to learn the details – amazingly, however, some people do!  Whether you’re studying, unemployed, working, new to English or just needing help, there’ll be a few ways to approach your learning.  In 2018, Fran started working with organisations to enhance employees’ literacy and numeracy skills for work.  2019 has also seen ALNS start distance mentoring and tutoring online.  To discuss any of these areas, please get in contact.

If you live outside of Sydney or want to do a bit more research, contact the Reading Writing Hotline at w: readingwritinghotline.edu.au    e: enquiries@readingwritinghotline.edu.au    p: 1300 6 555 06


About ALNS’ buddying service for L&N teachers

Recent government funding and employment initiatives have radically reshaped adult L&N programs.  In some instances, this has seen the support provided to teachers trimmed.  With this, the pressure can mount to do even more work out of hours.  It’s concerning to hear of some teachers working all week – unpaid and alone – for less than one day in a classroom. 

In an industry born to empower others, the trends above are concerning.  ALNS helps teachers, too (irrespective of their background).  It seeks to push back at excessive cost-focus that negatively impacts lives.  Working collaboratively, ALNS helps educators deliver as they know they can. 

As an L&N buddy, Fran works with the teacher to plan, prepare, assess or deliver lessons.  Her confidential, customer-driven and friendly manner helps you mentor as you know you should.  Fran’s approach is customer-centred, strategic and focused upon quality outcomes.  This isn’t a service where clients handball and run – what we put in, we get out.  Fran’s eye for detail and project management help her to notice gaps and opportunities; meet objectives; and avoid waste.  If you need help formatting, planning, assessing and/or validating your course, or just want a buddy or mentor, get in contact.


To discuss any of the above, contact ALNS via 0413 525 114 or learning@alns.com.au