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‘Addressing Learners Pronunciation Needs’ workshop
Teachers often have difficulty knowing how to address the pronunciation needs of their learners. This interactive forum will focus on the different elements of pronunciation, exploring some theory related to phonology and how research can inform teachers’ practice.
Thursday February 28 2019, 6.00 – 8.00
Theme: First Steps – The Journey Begins
Women’s Perspectives – Writing from Adult Learners
Women’s Perspectives showcases original writing and artwork by adult education students. The journal is published annually by WE LEARN.
2018 Australian Training Awards
2018 National Achievement Award Recipient Jennie Barrera
Jennie Barrera is a VET teacher of language, literacy and numeracy and a true champion for adult education. She has a significant leadership role in her community, driving humanitarian programs for migrants and other disadvantaged groups.
Jennie has been influential in incorporating VET as a solution to her clients’ needs, such as offering courses in literacy, language and numeracy, early childhood education, digital literacy, and a range of pre-accredited courses. She has developed strong links to agencies in all three tiers of government, and has made a significant contribution toward settlement services.
Jennie was involved in the establishment of Wyndham Humanitarian Network, which brings services for refugees together. Jennie demonstrates an innovative use of VET to support her clients, such as an industry partnership with Vertech Hume for workers with poor language and literacy skills that eventually led to employees gaining a Certificate III in Manufacturing.
Similarly, her work with Toyota is a credit to her innovation and drive. Jennie assisted employees’ transition to other employment when the company ceased manufacturing in Australia. The program she implemented has been replicated across Victoria.
VALBEC members benefits include
- Fine Print three times a year – a high quality journal for discussion and debate about good practice, theory and policy issues. Feedback and contributions are actively sought from members about content and issues.
- eVALBEC – our email communication keeping members informed of professional development activities, general committee activities and more up to date policy changes.
- Discounts for the Annual Conference and other VALBEC statewide professional development.
- Issues-based forums.
- Focus on significant policy issues impacting on the field.
- Free numeracy resources.
2018 additional benefit – ACAL Conference discount