International Literacy Day!

9.30am Saturday 8 September

Chermside Library

I teach what my learners need – or do I? The complexities of meeting diverse expectations

Speaker:     Joanne Medlin

Co- President of ACAL

(Australian Council for Adult Literacy)

The disparity between meeting learner needs and complying with rules imposed around teaching are of increasing concern to teachers who are questioning their freedom to make educationally sound decisions.  In this session we will consider whether we make autonomous decisions based on best practice in our daily teaching activities: which external influences are positive and should be supported, and which are having a negative effect?

We will discuss how we can influence the external factors so that the day to day activities of literacy are based in best practice.

  • How do we identify best practice?
  • How do international trends and testing regimes influence the interaction between a teacher and learner?
  • What do national trends such as the National Foundation Skills Strategy mean in the classroom?
  • How do local procedures and compliance constraints impact learning?

Unpacking the external influences on us can be like running a maze.  In the session we will discuss important issues but keep the tone positive – there’s a treasure at the end of the maze if we can get there!

This excellent PD session will be followed by morning tea, a quick AGM (Annual General Meeting) and an even quicker General Meeting to map out our 2019 PD program.

All participants in the Jo Medlin session will be most welcome to stay for these meetings.  We would value your input.

The Language People will also have a book display before and after the presentation.

QCAL members $5; non members $20  (Join online now) at: