A picture is worth…

a thousand words or in this case many cliches.  See image below by John Atkinson, Wrong Hands1.wordpress.com.  He has some great illustrations which perfectly explain things vividly in one image – have a look.  You can visit and use his work, he asks for a donation on usage.  I showed this to my training group when we were talking about language and literacy – in particular cultural and topical references.

problematic idiomatic attic pic

adding my own LLN form

UPDATE 010814 Very excited to say that since last month I have been exchanging thoughts and comments with other people interested about this – LLN, ACSF and the issue of being able to find ACSF level 4 and 5 tools (difficult – as most set to ACSF levels 1-3).  Speaking with others on a LinkedIn group (AITD) has resulted in “my” tool being modified and improved and then submitted for validation.  Result to come this week and it will be a genuinely collaborative, quality result. It is great to be able to share and collaborate in this way.  The issues of 1. tools at higher ACSF levels (particularly if training TAELLN411 or TAELLN401A and needing participants to demonstrate their competence with using ASCF tools) and 2. the search for “validated tools’ are tricky ones (I speak as a TAE trainer, not an LLN Specialist, needing to train and assess the LLN unit as stand-alone and part of TAE40110). I am attaching the second version (improved by Ann Brady) of the generic tool and soon will be able to post the validated and improved third version following validation.  I attach it in pdf because this one has already been modified so there is no point modifying V2 when V3 is coming already. Generic LLN Assessment Adapted Jul 2014 Love to get your feedback – via here or LinkedIn.  People in Melb attending the FACE event if you would care to read this and comment on the night that would be great. Thanks! Karen RTO FACE Meeting 14/8/14 Collingwood Vic   JULY 2014 Adding a form I made myself when my students (and I) were finding it hard to locate an ACSF tool at level 4 let alone 5.  Has not been validated as yet. If you have found any or created any that you are happy to share (either for use or just for an example for trainer-use only) please let me know! Generic LLN Assessment

More LLN items

Adding some extra items re LLN.  One is a form I devised myself – after finding that many of my participants spent longer trying to locate ACSF tools at Levels 4 and 5 than it might take to create their own.  If you have also found this, or have some ideas and items for assessing LLN core skills at levels 4 and 5 please let me know – I would love to see them.

Generic LLN Assessment_for shared use

Example Trigger Words Glossary_from IBSA


I am so pleased to say that after much work I have finished working on materials for an LLN course for one of my regular clients, ANMF Vic and I happy with how it has all come together.  Workshops will kick off from March 2014, some run by Anna and some by me.

Those of you who are members and/or regulars- the info should now (or soon) be on the website.

It isn’t mandatory for those who already hold TAE40110 and, if you are not working with or for an RTO you may not wish to add the extra unit, but if you do wish to then (a note especially to those whom I have trained or worked with in the past) I’d love to see you again at the workshop!

Happy Hot New Year too!





LLN – it’s a whole new world of acronyms

Language, Literacy and Numeracy – the fastest emerging area for vocational trainers and assessors to come to grips with.  From mid 2014 this will become a requirement of RTO Trainer and Assessors.  It takes quite some research to locate resources to use for LLN.  Perhaps this is because there are actually many references, resources, links and tools around – finding the ones to suit your purpose is, as usual, the tricky part.

I will share shortly some which I have found helpful so far.  I just need the time to post them all!