In 2015, the ACFE Southern Regional Council commissioned a research project, Word for Word, which was managed by the Keysborough Learning Centre. The research investigated all aspects of the provision of pre-accredited Language and Literacy (L&L) programs within the Southern Metropolitan Region, including English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs, by registered Learn Local (LL) organisations. Provision of these programs constituted 44% of the total delivery in the region in 2015.
The Word for Word project was strongly supported by LLOs with a high percentage of managers responding to a survey and a number of managers and teachers participating in in-depth interviews and also allowing researchers access to their classrooms so that learner opinion could be included.
The research outcomes are documented in the final report which provides a comprehensive picture of both language and literacy program delivery in the region and includes the ‘voices’ of managers, teachers and learners. It provides information on:
The research demonstrated Learn Local Organisations’ significant achievements in L&L provision relating to both language and literacy as social practice and the building of learners’ social capital. These, along with the provision of pathways and networking were considered to be best practice in, an essential to, quality pre-accredited language and literacy provision.
The report made fourteen (14) recommendations to further enhance and support the development, design and delivery of pre-accredited L&L programs (see Attachment A).
Keysborough Learning Centre has been commissioned to conduct the Word for Word Implementation Project in which it will work alongside the Regional Council working group to identify and deliver the appropriate actions needed to implement the recommendations resulting from the 2015 research project.
The 2016 Word for Word Implementation Project is based directly on the findings of the 2015 research and responds to the needs articulated by managers, teachers and learners, as well as the demonstrated commitment of Learn Local practitioners to providing quality programs that increase the capacity of learners in pre-accredited language and literacy programs to engage in learning, family life, the wider community and appropriate employment.
Beginning in July 2016, Keysborough Learning Centre (KLC) has delivered a series of information sessions and workshops to:
The Word for Word Implementation Project also has been able to:
A copy of the full Word for Word (Research) Project report is available in a link below. A copy of the Word for Word presentation delivered at the ACFE Forum on 16 March 2017 is available in a link below.
The Word for Word Implementation Report and Best Practice Guides (incorporating Organisational practice, Classroom practice, and Resources to support best practice) will be made available when approved by the ACFE Regional Council.
For any other query, please contact Neil Cooper, General Manager of Keysborough Learning Centre and manager of the Word for Word Implementation Project on firstname.lastname@example.org
The first presentation to managers on Tuesday 26 July 2016 is recorded in a link below.