ADULT ESL NEWS AND ISSUES
ACTA Response to the Request for Tender for the AMEP - August-October 2016
In early August 2016, the Department of Education & Training
circulated a draft Request for Tender (RTF) for the Adult
Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education
and Employment Program.
A key proposal is to split the AMEP into two “streams”: Pre-Employment and Social English. The Social English stream is to be taught by graduates with no teaching qualifications of any kind in classes of up to 25 (compared to pre-employment classes of 20). Expected attainment is one indicator on the The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) compared to two in the other classes. The justification given in briefing sessions was that these classes would be “less rigorous”. Other aspects of the draft are also of concern to ACTA.
ACTA sent a response to the draft RTF to Minister Simon Birmingham and has also issued a media release. Please see links below.
- ACTA response to Draft Request for Tender for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) 2017- 2020
The final tender for the AMEP and SEE was released on 7 October 2016. The issues of concern to ACTA in the AMEP tender were unchanged from the draft. ACTA issued the following media release on Monday 10 October:
On 20 October 2016, Senator Doug Cameron asked questions about the AMEP tender in the Supplementary Budget Estimates 2016-2017 Committee Meeting- recording and transcript available here:
- Note: the AMEP is discussed between around 22:10.30 -
Estimates (Education and Employment Legislation Committee), 20 October 2016 Part 3
- Note: the AMEP discussion starts on page 124:
Hansard transcript: Senate Education And Employment Legislation Committee - Estimates (Public), Thursday, 20 October 2016, Canberra
- And watch this page for responses to Questions on Notice:
Education and Training Portfolio - Answers to Questions on Notice
In the media and on the Web:
- Read ACTA President’s Michael Michell’s article on Government plans downgrading of Adult Migrant English Programs (p.28-29) in The Australian TAFE Teacher magazine - Spring Edition. Read online or download PDF from this page
- The NSW Teachers Federation have also taken up the call for changes to the AMEP - English teaching at risk
- Former ACTA President Misty Adoniou also addresses this issue
in this article for The Conversation: Australia’s educational policies both embody and
entrench low expectations of students
ACTA SUBMISSION TO THE SEE and AMEP REVIEW 2014
In 2014, the Australian Government commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to conduct an independent evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), the Skills for Education and Employment Program (SEE), and potential synergies and the strategic alignment between AMEP and SEE.
On 19 December 2014 ACTA submitted its response to the AMEP and
Read ACTA's submission
The ACIL Allen Consulting evaluation reports were
published between May 2015 and March
The AMEP Evaluation report was released on 22 May 2015
The SEE Evaluation report was released on 9 March 2016
The SEE-AMEP Alignment report was
released on 9 March 2016
ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations
An invitation to join our new Facebook group!
The Australian Council of TESOL
Associations (ACTA) would like to initiate professional
conversations about teaching English for speakers of other
languages (ESOL) to adult learners.
Start or join a conversation about issues that are important to you and your learners. Suggest ways of improving teaching and learning. Highlight resources and professional development activities that have been beneficial, share your interests and ideas, and be a part of exciting conversations.
Moderated by ACTA Adult ESOL Working Group Co-convenors, Karen Barber (WA), Lesley Cioccarelli (ACT), and Elene Clare (Qld).
Just click on the link above, then in Facebook click on 'Join Group', and then Karen, Lesley or Elene will approve you. It’s that easy.
NATIONAL FOUNDATION SKILLS STRATEGY PROJECT 2014-2015
ACTA was represented on the Foundation Skills
Champions Network, part of the the Foundation Skills Workforce
Development (FSWD) Project in 2013. Australian governments have
agreed to continue to support the Champions Network through a new
project, known as the National Foundation Skills Strategy (NFSS)
Project. The new project will operate during 2014-15 and will
encompass a number of initiatives to support priority action areas
from the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults. To read
more on Foundation Skills visit the website
ACTA provided a response to the consultation paper Scoping a foundation skills professional standards framework in 2013. The submission was prepared on behalf of ACTA by the ACTA Adult Working Group, incorporating feedback from members throughout the country
The Draft Foundation Skills Professional
Standards Framework is the outcome of this work.
FOUNDATION SKILLS ASSESSMENT TOOL (FSAT)
The Department of Industry has contracted the Australian
Council for Educational Research (ACER) to develop an online
Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) to identify and assess an
individual’s foundation skill levels. Read more...
CORE SKILLS FOR WORK DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK
The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework describes a set
of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin
successful participation in work. These skills are often referred
to as employability or generic skills. They include skills such as
problem solving, collaboration, self-management, communication and
information technology skills. Read more: Core Skills for Work Development
LANGUAGE, LITERACY & NUMERACY - Publications
Until recently it had been almost 20 years since a national approach to adult Language Literacy and Numeracy was on the agenda. During late 2010 and early 2011 publications by a range of organisations were released addressing the issue of Foundation Skills for adults:
- Foundation Skills in VET Products for the 21st Century (2010) - National Quality Council
- No more excuses: an industry response to the language, literacy and numeracy challenge - Industry Skills Council
- Creating a future direction for Australian vocational education and training (2010) - an AMES discussion paper on shaping the future direction of the VET sector
- Building the foundations: outcomes from the adult language, literacy and numeracy search conference (2011) - NCVER
Other relevant papers include:
- Skills for Prosperity: a road map for Vocational Education and Training Report (2011) – Skills Australia
- Links Between Literacy and Numeracy Skills and Labour Market Outcomes (2010) – Productivity Commission
- Equity Blueprint 2011-2016: Creating Futures:
Achieving Potential through VET (2011) - National VET Equity
ACTA ADULT ESL WORKING GROUP
The ACTA Adult ESL Working Group is a sub-group of the ACTA Council which discusses issues via email (and teleconference) as they arise and comes together to develop responses as these are required.
State and territory associations are encouraged to discuss issues and these publications with their members and to call on any volunteers who wish to be involved in the Adult ESL Working Group to contact ACTA
Any member of one of the state/territory associations affiliated with ACTA can join the ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations group on Facebook.