General Info

ALNS provides friendly, supportive and practical literacy & numeracy classes for adult learners.  The following information should address most questions about Fran’s approach to mentoring.


Session format

Introductory session (1-1.5 hours)

Before you start working together, you meet with Fran to discuss your situation.  She will ask you about your objectives; what you can do; and why and what you want to learn.  This information helps her to develop a customised program for you.

At your first meeting, you’ll also discuss how you’d like to learn and any concerns (or constraints) you have.  Fran then conducts a mini-literacy & numeracy class to give you a feel for her approach.  By the end of the hour, you should have an idea about what you want to do. 


Learning sessions (1-2 hours)

Fran prefers face-to-face sessions because of what can come up.  Working together in the same space helps us explore and practise topics.  Non-verbal cues are so important in helping teachers address learning needs.  The format of your literacy & numeracy classes is guided by and agreed with you.  Sessions usually include the following sections (as a minimum):

  • touch base before the session starts (observations, general questions)
  • review the past week’s learning (including homework)
  • focused learning, as agreed with you
  • temperature check & homework assignment


Session size

Fran runs literacy & numeracy classes for small groups or individually.  Small groups can include up to 5 people of similar skill levels and tend to be organised by the students.


Session duration

Irrespective of why you’re learning, 1.5 to 2 hours per session is Fran’s recommendation.  The minimum booking is for 1 hour because 60 minutes passes very quickly!  Learning L&N tends to unfold like a maze; one “simple” question can involve all sorts of things!  There are many connections in language and numeracy, which is why it can be so interesting.

The four sections (outlined above) usually require a minimum of 90 minutes.  By the end of that time, students usually feel they’ve done enough.  We agree the length of your literacy & numeracy classes at your first meeting and keep them as short as possible.  Fran frequently asks for your input and feedback. and modifies your classes as required.   


Session times

ALNS’ literacy & numeracy classes are usually held once a week.  This gives you time to practise and investigate things on your own.  More regular sessions are possible and something you’ll explore in your first sessions.  Together with homework, once a week is usually enough (given everything else on your schedule). 

Depending upon ALNS’ current client schedule, your literacy & numeracy classes can be held on a weekday, week night and/or weekend. 

All literacy & numeracy sessions are by appointment only.


Distance / Online Sessions

ALNS can support learners who live outside of the Sydney metropolitan area.  If you have access to a computer, it is possible to help you from a distance.  Ideally, you will have access to a tablet/iPad and/or mobile phone as well.  This will let us see one another’s writing, work together on documents and develop your L&N skills. 

To work at a distance, you will be asked to set up with free teleconferencing accounts on your computer and phone/tablet/iPad.  Doing this would allow us to see each other’s writing, read together and write about what you’re working on.  We set this all up first then begin sessions in a way that suits your computer skills and free time.  



Not all of ALNS’ services involve the same sort of work so the fee can vary depending on the brief.  Payment is in cash at the end of each session or prepaid via funds transfer or PayPal.  PayPal transactions incur a $5 surcharge to cover their fees.  Invoices and receipts are available.  Same day cancellations require full fee payment.

Reimbursement for travel expenses may apply, depending upon the location.  

ALNS offers a sliding fee scale for people who want to learn together.  Feel free to organise your own study group.  



Depending on your location and why you’re learning, Fran can come to you or you can come to her.  The venue needs to be quiet, well-ventilated and well-lit, with a table that comfortably seats 2 or more people.

As of January 2019, we can also work together online.  Read more about this just above or feel free to call to discuss it.


Learning materials

Fran provides learning materials and activities to help you practise and develop your skills.  We can also work with your own resources (especially if you’re studying or in business). 

Learners need to bring a folder, note paper and stationery (i.e. pens, pencils, erasers, etc).

Fran believes in setting homework because it helps to reinforce what’s being learned.  Activities are based upon what you do in session; are always negotiable; and never high-pressure.  It all revolves your schedule and targets – some weeks, you’ll be asked to create your own activity yourself.  This helps Fran check how you’re going and plan sessions moving ahead.     


To enquire about the above or organise your literacy & numeracy classes, contact Fran via or 0413 525 114.