Adult Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability resources

A new model for foundation education in Aotearoa

Learners in foundation education need quality teaching. The best way to provide this is by ensuring practitioners are well supported in their professional learning and development.

As part of our work in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability (ALNACC) Ako Aotearoa has developed a coherent system to describe, build and enhance the capability of practitioners and organisations in foundation education.

We are very proud to present this package to you. It incorporates professional standards and the provision of professional learning and development that leads to professional recognition against these standards.

Key features of the new model are the integration of adult literacy and numeracy development with cultural capability, the facilitation of communities of professional learning, and sustained engagement in professional learning and development to enhance capability and provide tangible measures of quality for practitioners and organisations.

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Learner agency thinkpiece

Preparing adults to be lifelong learners is a key educational priority in many countries as they attempt to meet the demands of radically changing national and global economic, technological, and health environments. Readiness for lifelong learning requires adults to be agentic learners, equipped to enact proactive strategies in the pursuit of self-directed learning goals, self-managing their learning process and using, evaluating and modifying learning strategies.

This thinkpiece explores integrating learner agency with language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) provision in order to equip the tertiary sector, organisations, practitioners and learners, for the challenges on the road ahead.

It identifies and prioritises key aspects of learner agency that can help:

  • improve the outcomes of current LLN provision
  • increase learner uptake and use of existing resources
  • equip adults with the skills needed to engage in ongoing lifelong learning.

Read the full report

Learner Profiles

 The 'Learner Profiles' provide a broad example of what adult learners can do at each step of the Learning Progressions. 

Reading collections

The Reading Collections are part of a suite of linked materials to support adult literacy learning. The materials include books for learners, audio versions of the books and learners’ guides. The learners’ guides include a number of activities to support the learner strengthen their reading skills as they read the articles within the Reading Collections.


The Learning Progressions booklets

Contextualised and LLN resources

Reaching resources previously available on Te Arapiki Ako

Thanks to Haunt Digital, we are able to give you access to an archived version of the old National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults’ website, but note that some functionality has been disabled.

The Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) have migrated the Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool (LNAAT) plus all support resources to their own website.
Online support information will be accessible from the LNAAT main homepage.

Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool

Embedding Cultural Capability

A key part of the ALNACC work will be to embed cultural capability by building on the success of our previous work under He Taunga Waka, a literacy and numeracy professional learning programme that incorporated cultural capability. 

Māori Learner Success - Cultural Capability Resources

Pacific Learner Success - Cultural Capability Resources

Cultural Capability Pathways

We are proud to launch our online Cultural Capability Pathway modules for anyone interested in improving Māori and Pacific learner success.

Download the flyers to find out how to access. 

Māori Cultural Capability Pathway Flyer (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway Flyer (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Both pathways are available free online on

If you have any questions about this process or LLN / ALN resources, please email us at: