ALNS produces adult literacy & numeracy resources for teachers. Teachers don’t always graduate with all the knowledge they need to pass on. That’s not a criticism – it would take an age to master everything up front. The range of what’s involved in literacy and numeracy (L&N) mentoring is very wide. Every so often, newly trained teachers and seasoned professionals need to review one or two points.
With this in mind, ALNS has set out to help teachers prepare for class. L&N roles, in some organisations, load mentors up with administrative tasks. This can squeeze new teachers especially, given the size of their learning curve. ALNS’ literacy & numeracy resources help teachers prepare for class.
Many websites offer great learning materials while leaving the teacher to swot up alone. This is fair enough – we often need to vary what, when and how we mentor. What is a noun – for example – is hardly a mono-dimensional theme. One might know the top-level definition but not recall all it entails. What is a “thing”? What is a “person”? Off the top of your head, do you remember everything?
Please note: ALNS’ L&N resources are available in a few countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, much of Europe, the US and a few others. If you’re in a country we do not currently supply, please get in contact so that we can explore whether that is possible.
About the Resources
ALNS’ library of literacy & numeracy resources is broken up into two groups: General Templates (which help learners practise) and more specific Grammar Resources. The General Templates guide students in expanding vocabulary and study skills. The Grammar Resources target L&N teachers (as outlined above and below). As time permits, numeracy and digital literacy resources will be offered.
ALNS’ library of literacy & numeracy resources is going to take a while to build. Each template is developed and tested with adult students before being offered here. As a self-employed teacher with no administrative support, I’m not rushing – I’m focused upon getting things right. This can take a while and, even then, chances to improve upon any document are likely. As and when you find such things, please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project does not receive government funding – everything that’s offered has been made in my spare time. Given this, ALNS’ literacy & numeracy resources are provided for a nominal charge. The prices have been set to keep things affordable whilst helping to cover costs. Due to the nature of the online environment, it’s impossible to provide refunds or a view before purchase. Outlines are provided to counter these things – please let me know if they can be improved. Your payment helps me help teachers do what they love to do.
Most of ALNS’ literacy & numeracy resources are available in MS Word and .pdf format. Having purchased one, you can save, copy and use it as much as you like. You may share it within your teaching institution but wider distribution is not permitted. Please refer to ALNS’ Legal Info to read the terms and conditions of sale and use.
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L&N students can need to learn how to learn when they begin studying. Well-laid out templates provide an easier base to launch from. By receiving such guidance, learners are helped to explore English on their own. This can, in turn, leave them feeling more confident and empowered.
Twenty years in marketing and administration have helped Fran develop an eye for formatting. She’s applied this so that ALNS’ resources contain good amounts of white space, row heights and simple layouts. Visually complex literacy & numeracy resources can distract the student from his/her learning tasks. ALNS tries to keep things simple so as to maximise session outcomes.
ALNS’ Learning Templates do not represent “the way” to teach or learn anything. By inviting people to follow their format, they simply help teachers and students enjoy literacy and numeracy. Derivatives, synonyms and antonyms, for example, can be presented in a number of ways. ALNS’ templates present the teacher (and the student) with vehicles to start that journey. In downloading a template (rather than having to create one), your energy can be channelled into other areas.
To purchase one of ALNS’ Learning Templates or to view the list of available documents, click here.
To enquire or give feedback, please email email@example.com
ALNS’ Grammar Resources help teachers brush up and develop good lesson plans. They do not seek to teach grammar, per se – this is a job best done by experts. They merely highlight the stages you might need to be prepared to cover in class. Their overall purpose is to outline the layers in one aspect of grammar. You may only need to review one section; you might want to reconnect with them all. Produced in this vein, ALNS’ literacy & numeracy resources help you develop good contingency plans.
Most of ALNS’ Grammar Resources contain simple exercises and answers (where appropriate). In doing this, they hope to help teachers reconnect with certain elements of grammar. Bibliographies are also provided (for those who want to delve deeper). The resources may be suitable for your students as well but you will need to confirm this. None of them constitute lesson plans so you’ll need to decide how you’ll model and practise the theory.
Trained in Australia, Fran’s familiar with the functional approach to grammar. She’s much to learn – that goes without saying! – but she does understand the value of this model. This said, adult literacy and numeracy students can need to learn some traditional grammar first (e.g. how to identify nouns before launching into noun group work). ALNS’ Grammar Resources help teachers build bridges, where necessary, between the two frameworks.
Adult L&N students often want the theory spelled out – they can like to know the “why” as well as “how” and “what”. They’re often less concerned with the creative elements that effectively guide younger students. There are, of course, exceptions to this but it helps to explain ALNS’ formatting approach. Many creative decisions have been left to you, the teacher, given the needs of your students.
To purchase one or more ALNS’s Grammar Resources or to view the list of available documents, click here.
To enquire or give feedback, about ALNS’ literacy & numeracy resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.