We’ve been busy…
Where has the year gone? It is already June and at ALS the first Young Mum’s course and the dyslexia course have run and finished (reluctantly in both cases– students wanted more!). Te Hurihanga, the life-skills and literacy course for young men and our second ESOL course for the year finish at the end of this month and two introductory computer courses for people in the workplace are underway. Our driver licence theory course is being well patronized and has been drawing people in off the street. And then there are the morning teas …
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Professional Development for Tutors, Sat 2nd August
We are excited to be hosting the “ACE Learner Outcomes Provider Workshop” with Carl Pascoe. This will be a practical session and opportunity for you to talk with other tutors and educational providers and learn about the Outcomes Tool and how it works. Internet connection, workshop material, refreshments including lunch (Mid Winter Feast) will be provided. We will be sending out a reminder email before the event.
Bring: Laptop if possible (we have a few in the centre that we can use).
Date: Saturday 2nd August 2014
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Who is away when and who is covering?
ESOL learners bring colour to ALS
We have had a strong and consistent cohort of former refugee students doing basic English communication in a group with their teacher Damienne. The mornings are a charming time with bright pink hats, big smiles and clasped hands greeting Namaste. As their programme winds up at the end of June it will be sad seeing them leave us and ALS will be a less interesting place without them here.
Young Mums Course
After some birthing troubles of its own, the 1st Young Mum’s course of the year was successfully run and 5 mums are out in the community better equipped for their new responsibilities. As importantly, their children will be parented more gently and kindly and will hopefully have brighter horizons and opportunities than they may otherwise have had. Thanks to Jacs for her good efforts on this.
This is the 7th course we have run and in total 42 young women have participated in the course. While unfortunately we don’t have formal data on the participants, Nelson is small enough that we bump into some of the original mums who are now co-managing a store in Trafalgar St, or working in Mi Gym, or speaking well of us at the Nelson Young Parents School, and we know from this anecdotal evidence that the course has a lasting positive effect on their lives.
Te Hurihanga is our life skills and literacy course for Corrections clients. Amongst other things, we rate the success of this course by their ‘coming out of their shells’ and gains in confidence and ability to communicate with others. While increased confidence and communication is brought about by the activities in the course – that it is held at our centre amongst other students is not to be underestimated. The participants are required to interact with a large range of people and this interaction helps to knock off rough edges by ensuring that they are at their best. They are a challenging group and a testament to the good work ALS is capable of. Thanks goes to tutor Rebecca for her dedication, skills and commitment – her job is not for the faint of heart!
We have just finished running a very successful dyslexia course for 8 people. The participants found the comradeship of being in a group with others who experience similar challenges very supportive. Read more…
We are working with a manager and 2 supervisors from a local business and this has been going very well. One of the participants has read his first book in 30 years. He was also the only one of a group watching “Who wants to be a Millionaire” who could correctly spell “separate” because he had learnt that separate has “a rat” in it. We are currently commencing a pilot scheme with other employees from the same company who have all sat the TEC literacy and numeracy assessments.
Car Licence Theory course
We received funding from Nelson City Council towards running a licence theory course. This has been very successful so far with numbers increasing every week. It has been drawing people in off the street. It is held each Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 1pm. Students work with the tutors for an hour and are then free to use the computers to complete practice sheets thereby increasing their chances of passing when sitting the real thing.
CALT training brings new blood to ALS
In March, April and May this year, 8 eager and earnest people gave up 12 days of their time and undertook the CALT training to become literacy tutors. We are really excited to have fresh blood in our stable of tutors, and just as exciting is the blend of experienced and new tutors ALS now has and the potential for the sharing of experience amongst them. Read more…
Combine brains and beer and help us raise funds
ALS is holding a series of quiz nights at the Sprig & Fern. the first one was last Wednesday night (4th June). Adult Learning Support fielded 2 teams and had a great lot of fun.
Quiz nights are Wednesday evenings in June from 8pm, Sprig and Fern, Hardy St.
Join an ALS team or bring your own
If you are interested in participating in our teams please email us to let and we will let Cameron know. Or just turn up on the night. The proceeds for the month of June go to Adult Learning so please come along and support us.
Welcome to the new Governance Committee Members
This year has also seen the ushering in of 4 new governance committee members, with a 5th on the way. Hello to Bruce, Mary, Chris and Saramea. We look forward to having your collective wisdom guide ALS along its way and help to further it as the diverse, eclectic, valuable asset to the Nelson community that it is. We have been working with our business mentor, Ross Newman, to help set the team up so that they are clear about roles, responsibilities and opportunities. Gail Gibson continues to hold the position of chair. Read more…
Dates for your diary
- Volunteers’ Week 15th June to 21st June
- Thank you to all our volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do without you.
- Literacy Aotearoa National Planning Hui and Student Writing Event, Auckland 22nd to 24th July. ALS has 4 delegates attending.
- Professional Development & Mid-winter feast ACE Learning Outcomes, Sat 2nd August
What does Success Look Like?
As tutors we can measure learner’s progress by the number of pages read, the correct spelling used, the sums answered correctly and by improved test scores, but to learners it can mean so much more. Read more success stories.