Project Details

The aim of this two-year project was to produce a series of short guides to support vocational and foundation tutors to embed literacy and numeracy in their teaching practice.


The aims of this project were to provide resources that support vocational and foundation tutors by simplifying the teaching and learning process of embedding literacy.

The guides feature teaching and learning strategies presented in simple diagrams and pictures that are based on practice that has been trialed and refined over the last few years.


The core output of the project is a series of A4 PDFs which outline key ideas about embedding literacy and numeracy in tertiary teaching.

These guides were developed in consultation with a tutor advisory group from a variety of teaching areas across both WelTec and Whitireia, including painting, engineering, hairdressing and business administration. These tutors gave feedback on the practicality of the teaching and learning ideas presented and how easily they could be implemented in their teaching context.

Once these core resources are tested, refined and finalised, a practice sharing forum will be held.



open polytechnic

Aleesha Reid

Project Leader

Open Polytechnic

Emma McLaughlin

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)

Manaini Cama

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)




$24,288.00 (excl GST)

$11,030.00 Regional Hub Project Fund
$13,258.00 Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)

Key Findings

The team made five key discoveries:

·         Confidence builds interest and engagement

·         Tutors want to learn from each other

·         Tutors need to see lots of different examples in many contexts

·         There are constraints and we need to be realistic e.g. time and resourcing

·         Tutors are put off by technical terms including the language of the Learning Progressions

Key Recommendations


Simplifying Embedded Literacy and Numeracy for Tertiary Tutors | Practical ideas for teaching and learning

A research report by Aleeshea Reid, Emma McLaughlin and Manaini Cama.

(PDF, 3.2MB, 41-pages).

  • 14 December 2018
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