Shortly literacy tutors are going to be required to understand and use TEC's Foundation Learning Progressions. Our Education consultant, Shirley, recently ran a successful 'Mapping Writing' Workshop for Literacy North Shore tutors. This practical workshop gave participants a brief introduction to learning progressions for Adult Literacy and Language with the strand 'Write to communicate' being the main focus. At the end of the workshop tutors were given an opportunity to apply their new knowledge by 'mapping' students writing.The Tertiary Education Commission describes the Learning Progressions as a guide that can help tutors identify the next learning steps adult students need to take in order to strengthen their expertise in numeracy, literacy and language. They are designed to offer information and a structure that can be used to develop curricular and learning and assessment tools.
So here is a tool for literacy tutors - there will be some challenges getting to grips with the theory and applying it, but once mastered the tool will provide tutors with clearer direction and the learners with better outcomes.
*The publication Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy and Language (Tertiary Education Commission, 2008a) describes the steps towards competency in literacy and language that apply to most adult learners. http://www.tec.govt.nz/templates/standard.aspx?id=1016