LLN resources for teaching and learning

Some suitable (Adult) LLN teaching websites:

Building Strength in Numeracy

This free online resource revises and improves on the iconic 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier' teaching resources. It includes many new ideas, activities and student practice exercises, which can be used in a range of settings.

Consumer Affairs Victoria, Consumer Stuff

Consumer Affairs Victoria produced a number of free resources called Consumer Stuff that have an applied learning focus using real-life scenarios. There are free teacher resources in the areas of Maths, English and Commerce alongside Health and Wellbeing and Consuming Planet Earth. Download the pdfs from the Teacher Resources page. Note: If you are a numeracy/maths teacher, also look at Commerce, Health and Wellbeing and Consuming Planet Earth as they have great, real-life based activities.

VicRoads VCAL Road Safety Units (updated 2013)

These 11 units combine different aspects of road safety with literacy, numeracy and generic skills such as problem solving and working in teams. Each unit contains activity outlines with comprehensive guidance to teachers, worksheets and assessment record proformas.

SAFE-T1: This website has a range of information and activities (online and print based) about workplace health and safety. A number are designed to develop literacy skills.

BBC Skillwise:Literacy, numeracy, games, learners’ stories and much more.

 

Remote teaching and learning resources

  •  http://prevet.net.au/: 18 flipping book magazines, with more than 50 Indigenous role models talking about their jobs and the literacy and numeracy they need to be successful in their job, plus an additional three sessions of support resources including quizzes, games and activities for students to practise.
  • http://nodes.net.au/: More than 50 ‘slide decks’ building literacy and numeracy around hospitality and tourism Certs I & II. Mostly in context of the Northern Territory.

Top Drawer Teachers is a free online resource developed by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The resource includes fractions, mental computation, patterns, reasoning and statistics.

Workplace LLN Materials:

Some Suitable Numeracy/Maths Books:

  • Aspire Learning Resources provide numerous LLN and Foundation skills resources. One series, Work it Out! covers 10 essential maths life skills. Each booklet addresses a different numeracy topic and is written in a clear and easy-to understand style. Please see-
  • ‘Hands-on Maths in Practice’ by Ian Forster et al. Pearson Education Australia, 1997.
  • Access to Prevocational Maths’ & ‘Access to Prevocational Maths 2’ by Sue Thomson & Ian Forster. Pearson Education Australia, 2006 and 2007.
  • Maths Skills for Living’ & ‘Maths Skills for Working’ by Anne Vize, Phoenix Education, 2005.
  • Real World Maths - Building skills for diverse learners’ by Anne Vize, Banksia Publishing, 2013.
  • The Language of Maths (Secondary Level)’ by Lauris Weber, AEE Publishing, 2003.
  • Having Fun with Maths: Activities and Games for Developing Maths Language and Skills

(available from: Multifangled, MAV, AAMT and ACER). The games and activities in this book focus on the development of fundamental maths skills through co-operative group work and the use of hands-on materials, as well as on enjoyment and having fun in order to build confidence and overcome maths anxiety.

  • Car Costs is a workbook on the topic of cars and road safety (available from Multifangled, ACER and MAV).

 

CD ROMS and Multimedia:

  • Measuring up: an interactive multimedia computer resource for numeracy learners, by Dave Tout and Beth Marr (available from: www.proteatextware.com.au)
  • Mathematics at Work, (CD-ROM), by Ian Lowe (available from MAV)
  • People Count: Numeracy for Adults, (CD-ROM), by Ian Lowe, Melbourne (available from MAV)
  • Video Education Australasia (http://www.vea.com.au/) have a range of DVDs available, including: ALGEBRA: A Piece of Cake!, Algebraic Notation- Maths as a Foreign Language, Into the Negative Zone!, Let’s Get Straight: Linear Equations and Their Graphs, Life by the Numbers series, and more.

NCVER Numeracy Research Reports (Note: You will need to search for the titles on the NCVER Publications Website):

  • Seeking the N in LLN by Tina Berghella &  John Molenaar (2013)
  • Thinking beyond numbers: Learning numeracy for the future workplace by Beth Marr & Jan Hagston (2007).
  • Economic returns to education and training for adults with low numeracy skills by Lynne Gleeson (2005)
  • Learning numeracy on the job: A case study of chemical handling and spraying by Gail FitzSimons,  Susan Mlcek,  Oksana Hull & Claire Wright (2005)

Financial Literacy & Banking:

LLN Videos:

Free online resources and reference books:

  • Numeracy in Practice is a free professional development resource to support the development of practitioner numeracy proficiency skills and numeracy training. These resources were developed by Oggi Consulting and funded by the Australian Government.
  • Foundation Skills Guides for Agrifood Units of Competency include a bank of units covering the six 'foundation skills' of Learning, Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Numeracy and Digital Technology. These units can be imported into vocational qualifications to support learners to build foundation skills specific to the qualification they are undertaking, or the job role. http://www.agrifoodskills.net.au/?page=FoundationSkills The Foundation Skills Guides cover four job functions shared by a wide range of roles throughout the agrifood industries. They include activities, resources and support strategies that can be adapted and customised to suit the context in which training or assessment occurs. They are accompanied by an Overview Guide containing background information on foundation skills and how to use the resources
  • Building Strength with Numeracy revises and improves on the iconic numeracy resources 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier', and other 'tried and true' numeracy teaching resources developed by Beth Marr and other experienced numeracy teachers. The new resource is a collection of activities that builds on and updates elements of the previous resources, as well as including many new, previously unpublished ideas, activities and student practice exercises. The resource is accessible online for teachers to use in a range of settings.
  • The Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA) is the peak organisation for applied learning practitioners. Established in 2005 in response to the rapid growth in Victoria of applied learning in post-compulsory education, it now supports more than 1000 applied learning educators from across education sectors. They include a resources section available to VALA members. Visit http://www.vala.asn.au/
  • Having Fun with Maths: Activities and Games for Developing Maths Language and Skills by Dave Tout, published by Multifangled P/L, is available from Multifangled, MAV, AAMT and ACER. The games and activities in this book focus on the development of fundamental maths skills through cooperative group work and the use of hands-on materials, as well as on enjoyment and having fun in order to build confidence and overcome maths anxiety.
  • Teaching Maths in Context, published by ACER Press and written by Dave Tout and Gary Motteram, argues the case for teaching maths in context and outlines different options and strategies for teaching maths and numeracy in real life contexts. 
  • Skills for Life Resources provides a wide range of resources (from the United Kingdom) that have been developed for use in Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), including embedded resources, which are designed to address LLN skills within vocational contexts.
  • Making the Connections is a Manufacturing Skills Australia industry skills council resource which supports the use of the Foundation Skills Training Package to integrate LLN into training.
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria offers free resources called Consumer Stuff that have an applied learning focus using real-life scenarios. There are free teacher resources in the areas of Maths, English and Commerce alongside Health and Wellbeing and Consuming Planet Earth. Visit http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-education and follow the link to the Teacher Resources page where you can download the pdfs. Note: If you are a numeracy teacher, don’t just look at the Maths book, look at Commerce, Health and Wellbeing and Consuming Planet Earth as they have great, real-life activities.
  • Car Costs is a workbook that covers the topic of cars and road safety. This numeracy resource, partly funded by the RACV, was written by Dave Tout and is available from Multifangled and MAV
  • http://www.understandingmoney.gov.au/
  • http://www.dollarsandsense.com.au/
  • http://www.financialliteracy.gov.au/
  • EssiMoney: www.essimoney.com.au
  • BBC Skillwise: includes Literacy, numeracy, games, learner’s stories and much more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/
  • Top Drawers Teachers is a free online resource developed by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).The resource includes fractions, mental computation, patterns, reasoning and statistics.