Why this post?
If you are a VET practitioner, you will know of the many recent and ongoing changes to Australia’s VET sector. As a result, there have been changes to how to access LLN (and foundation skills) information online.
In this post, we list up-to-date links for LLN and foundation skills information, resources, and tools.
Of course, we also hope you’ll visit the resource links pages of our website, which have the links we’ll post here, and much more!
All links listed below are current at the time of writing.
See LLN teachers in action – video links
Ideas that Work is an organisation that produces a range of professional development videos for use in a variety of industries. A series of short LLN-targeted videos, called What Works for LLN is available for free online viewing.
What Works for LLN videos offer something for everyone—for trainers and assessors, for other RTO staff, for LLN specialists, and for people studying how to address LLN in training.
One outcome of the 2014-2015 National Foundation Skills Strategy (NFSS) Project was a set of four video resources demonstrating different approaches to building foundation skills in a vocational context.
The different contexts and learner cohorts provide a valuable source of planning and delivery approaches.
National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults (New Zealand-based)
You may be wondering ‘why a New Zealand site’? New Zealand’s National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults provides a valuable source of strategies and resources to support the development of foundation skills within workplace training. You can read the latest outcomes of the NZ Adult Literacy focus here.
One resource example is a You Tube channel that contains an extensive library of videos. There are 86 videos addressing aspects of Literacy! Below is just one example from their suite of videos covering Numeracy:
Self-paced online activities to build LLN skills
This site features various self-serve, self-paced activities that help people develop:
- English skills
- Literacy skills
- Numeracy skills.
You may want to direct your learners to this site.
This is a great site to help you or your learners build numeracy skills.
The Khan Academy is particularly good to watch and hear someone explain mathematical concepts and processes, from simple to complex. Learners can practice, check their attempt, and get immediate corrective instruction.
Examples of how to conduct ACSF assessments
Example 1 IBSA Pre-training Assessment Video on the IBSA video channel
Observe how these trainers approach an LLN pre-training assessment.
Example 2 – videos created by Linda Wyse and Associates, in conjunction with Great Southern Communications
These videos let you observe how ACSF core skill assessments may be conducted. You will see:
- An ACSF assessment interview of an adult learner (Paul or Zoe), conducted by LLN specialists. As you watch this interview, consider how the learner responds to questions. Identify the level of ACSF core skills you think the learner demonstrates. Then watch the second video:
- A video of a discussion between LLN specialists as they discuss the levels of each core skill demonstrated by the learner. This video gives you an insight into how LLN specialists reach decisions about the core skill levels held by a learner. You can also compare your thoughts with those of the specialists.
ACSF assessment of Paul (Paul works in industry)
- View Paul’s ACSF assessment interview
- Listen to foundation skills specialists as they discuss the ACSF core skill levels demonstrated by Paul
ACSF assessment of Zoe (Zoe wants to learn English)
- View Zoe’s assessment interview
- Listen to foundation skills specialists as they discuss the ACSF core skill levels demonstrated by Zoe
Where to find LLN assessment tools
Precision Consultancy has produced a suite of freely-available, LLN industry-validated ACSF assessment tools. Some tools are generic (i.e. relevant to any industry) and others are industry-specific.
Each tool includes instructions for assessors on how to use the tool and lists the core skills and levels covered. These tools also give terrific examples of what you might expect at each core skill level. So even if you don’t need them as assessment tools, you may use these as examples to help you write your own instructions for learners.
Other LLN assessments
At the time of writing, the Precision Consultancy ACSF assessment tools were the only tools that meet our criteria of being BOTH free, and validated by the adult literacy industry.
General LLN information and research
If you’re interested in staying up to date with latest research on LLN and foundation skills, we suggest:
NCVER has set up this POD as a ‘hub’ of information and resources relevant to foundation skills and LLN skills in vocational education and training. The POD offers a collection of recent research across the different foundation skills related aspects. You will also see links to key international bodies also tuned into the development of ‘essential skills’, ‘adult literacy’ skills, or ‘foundation skills’.