Language, Literacy and Numeracy Policy


All courses at ACTIVE TRANSITION TRAINING are delivered in English. It is essential that the student has language, literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to approach training and assessment at the level of competency reflected in the AQF qualification and detailed in the Training Package from which their course of study is drawn.

 

Definitions

Language is simply the mechanism we use to communicate with other people in a range of situations. We use language to communicate verbally and in writing. Language is made up of grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure and the non-verbal messages we communicate with our bodies.

Literacy is the ability to read printed material, symbols and signs and to write effectively so we can be understood in a range of work and social settings. Literacy involves speaking, listening, reading, writing and critical thinking. It includes the cultural knowledge to recognise and use language appropriate to the situation.

Numeracy in the workplace is the ability to use and understand numbers, graphs, charts, tables, diagrams, shapes and measurement.   It is about being able to make the mathematical calculations required to satisfactorily complete a work task.

ATT will disseminate clear information to each student prior to enrolment, about provision for language, literacy and numeracy assessment. This does not mean that all students must be tested or pre-assessed for language, literacy or numeracy. Indeed it does not specify that anyone or a specific form of assessment be applied to determine skills.

ATT designs all training to maximize learning outcomes by allowing flexibility within delivery and assessment (under guidance of the training package), employing strategies such as:

  • Use of demonstration of tasks in a simulated environment
  • Verbal explanations – Questions and answers
  • Use of diagrams/charts
  • Decreasing reliance on written forms and text
  • Incorporating actual workplace materials, or modelling tasks on familiar workplace activities