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Advise on literacy demands
1.1 Access nationally recognised training products and analyse their literacy demands using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks 1.2 Analyse literacy demands essential to the workplace context and workplace performance using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks 1.3 Analyse literacy demands of the learning and assessment context using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks 1.4 Share information and provide advice on literacy demands
Advise on literacy skill support needs of learners
2.1 Collect and analyse information about individual learner and candidate backgrounds to identify strengths and limitations relevant to literacy skill development 2.2 Plan and conduct literacy assessment using validated assessment tasks 2.3 Analyse literacy assessment results using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks to determine literacy skill levels 2.4 Analyse and compare literacy demands and learner literacy skill levels to determine the literacy skill support needs 2.5 Share information and provide advice on literacy skill assessment, levels and support needs
Advise on literacy skill development
3.1 Use current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks to review and tailor training strategies to support the development of literacy skills 3.2 Use current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks to review and tailor assessment strategies to support assessment while maintaining the rigour of the assessment process 3.3 Research, access, review and modify learning resources to support the development of learners with literacy skill support needs 3.4 Research, access, review and modify assessment resources to support the assessment of candidates with literacy skill support needs while maintaining the rigour of the assessment process 3.5 Mentor and provide literacy skill advice to colleagues to support the development of their training and assessment practices
Participate in professional development activities
4.1 Review own adult literacy professional practice and identify opportunities for improving practice 4.2 Access and interpret current adult literacy research and incorporate findings into own practice 4.3 Interact with professional adult literacy networks to share practice and maintain currency of practice
TAELLN511 Lead the development of adult literacy skills
About Lesson

Here’s the list and discussion of professional development activities you can use to extend your own practice in supporting adult literacy practice: 

Continuing Education and Training:

Workshops and Courses:

  • Attend workshops or online courses focussed on adult literacy best practices, new teaching methodologies, and incorporating technology into adult literacy instruction.
  • Look for programmes that address specific areas you’d like to develop, such as working with learners with learning difficulties or integrating digital literacy skills into your curriculum.

Conferences and Events:

  • Participate in conferences and events that bring together adult literacy practitioners. These offer opportunities to network with colleagues, learn about innovative approaches, and stay updated on the latest research and trends in the field.


Collaborative Learning and Networking:

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs):

  • Join or create a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with other adult literacy practitioners.
  • Regularly meeting with colleagues allows for sharing best practices, discussing challenges, and offering peer support.


Mentorship Programmes:

  • Consider seeking a mentor who is an experienced adult literacy practitioner.
  • A mentor can provide valuable guidance, feedback, and support as you develop your teaching skills.
  • Alternatively, you could become a mentor for a newer adult literacy practitioner and contribute to their professional growth.


Research and Reflective Practice:

Action Research:

  • Engage in action research projects focussed on improving your own teaching practice.
  • This involves experimenting with new strategies, observing the results, and reflecting on how they impact your learners’ progress.
  • Sharing your research findings with colleagues can further enhance the field.

Reflective Practice:

  • Make time for regular reflection on your teaching practice.
  • Consider questions like: What went well in my lessons? What could I have done differently?
  • This reflection helps you identify areas for growth and refine your approach to better support adult learners.


Utilising Online Resources:

Professional Associations:

  • Join professional associations focussed on adult literacy education.
  • These associations often offer webinars, online resources, and access to research publications to keep you informed about the field.

Online Courses and Resources:

  • Many platforms offer free or paid online courses, tutorials, and resource materials on adult literacy education.
  • Take advantage of these resources to expand your knowledge on specific topics or teaching methods.


Learner Feedback and Assessment:

Student Feedback Surveys:

  • Regularly seek feedback from your adult learners on their learning experience.
  • This feedback can highlight areas where your teaching could be improved to better meet their needs and learning goals.


Analysing Learner Assessment Data:

  • Analyse your learners’ assessment data to identify areas of difficulty and monitor their progress.
  • Use this data to tailor your instruction and offer targeted support to ensure continuous improvement.



  • Continued learning is crucial for adult literacy practitioners to stay informed about best practices and effectively support their students.
  • A combination of different professional development activities can provide a well-rounded approach to expanding your knowledge and skillset.
  • Sharing best practices with colleagues and engaging in ongoing reflection are essential for continuous improvement in your adult literacy instruction.


By actively participating in these professional development activities, you can stay current in the field, refine your teaching skills, and ultimately provide even more effective support to adult learners on their literacy journey.