NZDipALN: Assessment Task 1 – Develop a Personal Approach to Strengthening Adult LN

Here’s the second draft of the first assessment task for our new New Zealand Diploma of Adult Literacy and Numeracy. The plan is that this will be part of an online and open education course through the platform.

You’ll still have to pay for assessment and credentials, but the information and training component will be online for free.

Here’s my second draft of the assessment task for the first module. I’ll post some of the module content shortly as well.

If you read this and you like what you see, let me know. I’m looking for guinea pigs to do this assessment as we’re developing the materials. You won’t get paid, but you might get the relevant unit standards assessed for free which contribute towards the Diploma. You’ll also get some public recognition and become the envy of your colleagues.

Assessment Task 1: Develop a Personal Approach to Strengthening Adult LN

Part 1: Describe your personal approach to teaching adult literacy and numeracy

Write at least 500 words describing your personal approach to embedding or contextualising literacy and numeracy in your teaching or training (26611 1.1).


You should link your approach to at least two of these:

  • Understanding issues and context
  • Assessing needs
  • Designing literacy and numeracy skills development
  • Delivering outcomes
  • Assessing gains
  • Evaluating effectiveness


Where relevant discuss at least two assumptions that underlie your approach. These may include:

  • Lifelong learning
  • Stress or anxiety caused by learning
  • The educator as facilitator
  • Learner centredness
  • The learner as co-collaborator in learning
  • The need for learning to be active
  • Learner readiness

Literacy versus numeracy

You should also describe how your personal approach to teaching adult literacy differs from how you approach teaching adult numeracy (26611 1.4). You may wish to include your ideas about:

  • Teaching and learning philosophies
  • Teaching strategies
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation

Part 2: Explain how relevant theory and research underpins your personal approach to teaching adult literacy and numeracy

Write short explanations of at least 250 words each concisely summarising your understanding of (26611 1.2-1.3):

  • A cognitive approach to teaching adult literacy and numeracy.
  • Embedded or contextualised literacy and numeracy.
  • One relevant literacy theory.
  • One relevant numeracy theories.

You must reference a specific piece of current and relevant research or theory.

Part 3: Evaluate your personal approach against current constructs in adult literacy and numeracy practice in Aotearoa

Get feedback from a peer or supervisor as well as a learner on the three areas below (26611 2.1).

  • Learner centredness
  • The concept of ako
  • Te whare tapawha

Then evaluate your own approach including suggestions for improvements on how you can strengthen your adult literacy and numeracy teaching practice. As appropriate, your discussion may cover (26611 2.2):

  • Knowledge
  • Values
  • Outcomes


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