Embedding Literacy and Numeracy Module

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Content and Learning

The course Embedding Literacy and Numeracy, is a level 5 elective within the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching - level 7 (GCTLT), delivered at Otago Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand.The course will also form the backbone of the new Graduate Diploma which is being developed at Otago Polytechnic.It is particularly appropriate for people teaching at certificate level, who often have students with a wide range of literacy and numeracy skills.

As this is a practical course, it is important that you are able to work with adult learners over the duration of their programme or course. While you can join at any time, the tasks are best worked at in small bites over the duration of the period you work with a cohort of students, as the assessment tasks require you to assess your students’ literacy and/or numeracy skills on entry to the programme, to plan and implement teaching interventions to address these needs, to reassess students towards the end of their programme, and to reflect on the effectiveness of your teaching interventions. Face-to- face and/or Adobe connect sessions will be set up for participants. Please contact me so we can timetable these.

The course is designed to help you consolidate your existing knowledge and extend your teaching practice. On successful completion of this course you will be able to further assist your learners to develop their literacy and numeracy skills within the context of the programme you teach.

The course is based around the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy and Numeracyand focusses on three key factors for effective teaching and learning practice; Knowing the demands, Knowing the learner and Knowing what to do. The links to these pages are found above.



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Kia ora, my name is Kristen Bracey and I will be your facilitator during this course.

I am really looking forward to getting to know you all - please feel free to contact me (kristen.bracey @ op.ac.nz) any time to say 'hello', or if you have any queries about the course.


Learning Outcomes

At successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine the numeracy and literacy demands on learners in the context of the learners’ course of study and workplace;
  2. Develop and/or use a range of assessment tools and strategies to assess a learner’s literacy and numeracy skills in relation to the Learning Progressions;
  3. Demonstrate the use of appropriate methods for assessing literacy progress within a programme;
  4. Plan and deliver activities that will enhance literacy and/or numeracy skill development.
  5. Demonstrate the use of appropriate methods for evaluating the effectiveness of planning and delivering embedded literacy and numeracy skill development within a vocational course.


  • Benseman, J., Sutton,A. A Lander, J. (2005) Lighting the Way, Min of Ed. Wellington, NZ.
  • Bynner, J. Literacy, Numeracy and Employability, University of London, Accessed 26/01/2009
  • Clark, C. and Ackerman, R. Social inclusion and Reading. An exploration. National Literacy Trust, UK. Accessed 26/01/2009
  • Culligan, N., Sligo, F. et al Analysis of New Zealand Data from the International Adult Literacy Survey. Min, of Ed.., Nz. Accessed 26/01/2009
  • Dugdale, G. and Clark, C. (2008) Literacy Changes Lives: An advocacy resource, National Library Trust, UK


Welcome to the special topic "Embedding Literacy and Numeracy".

For enrolment enquiries: contact 0800762786 within New Zealand or email tertiaryteaching@op.ac.nz

For information about the course please contact Kristen Bracey