About the course

Get started with adult literacy and numeracy by learning the basics of what you need to know to embed literacy and numeracy into adult community, vocational or workplace programmes in this non-specialist introduction.

Course outline

This is a four-week course with online content on Pathways Awarua. It includes three online workshops and a follow-up assessment task.

This course is part of a package of three courses for educators and practitioners who are new to embedding literacy and numeracy. The other two courses are: Getting started | Learner-centred teaching and cultural capability and Getting started | Mapping literacy and numeracy demands.

Topics covered

At the end of this course participants will be able to describe adult literacy and numeracy in terms of definitions, frameworks and factors:

  • Definitions for literacy and numeracy, including those from Te Ao Māori, and a Pacific worldview
  • Established frameworks, including those from Te Ao Māori, Pacific, the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy, and the Learning Progressions for Adult Numeracy. 
  • Factors contributing to poor adult literacy and numeracy outcomes, including colonisation.

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for new vocational education teaching or learning support staff and others seeking to expand their understanding of the basics of adult literacy and numeracy. It’s designed for new and existing practitioners who are not literacy and numeracy specialists and who have no, or limited knowledge of, adult literacy and numeracy.

Course content aligns with Tapatoru Pūkenga Papa Rua – Level Two and the NZCALNE (Voc) qualification at level 5.

About the facilitator

Graeme Smith's education work encompasses professional development with vocational foundation learning educators as well as consulting with government, tertiary organisations and others. His expertise includes literacy, numeracy and cultural capability and the Tapatoru Award framework.

Ako Aotearoa Badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

Publically available course dates will be listed below when available.  Or, contact us to discuss booking a course privately for your organisation.

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything is evidence-based, practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

In response to the current challenges of delivering “face-to-face” events, our range of PLD is delivered online - workshops and courses, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

  1. In-house Learning and Development (currently online only until further notice)
    We can come to you to deliver in-house professional development. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget. 
  2. Public Online Workshops
    Register for one of our public workshops scheduled throughout the year. So many topics to choose from! 
  3. Ako Talks and webinars
    These online sessions deliver bite-sized information about current topics of interest to educators. Dates and topics are announced on social media and in our Community section and monthly e-news.