Issue 2  |  JUNE 2016
•  From the field by Anne-Marie Loader
•  Give us feedback about Literacy Awareness Workshops
•  26TEN grants reach widely
•  May was 26TEN's first plain English week
•  Building the 26TEN workforce
•  Good news for 26TEN in the State Budget
381 member organisations and supporters have taken action and joined 26TEN.
1131 people have volunteered and completted training to be adult literacy tutors helping people with reading, writing and maths in Tasmania.
48% of Tasmanians do not have the literacy and numeracy skills they need for life in a technologically-rich world.
From the field
Anne-Marie Loader, LINC Literacy Coordinator
Recently I caught up with Wassana and her tutor, Dit (pictured below). 

What does weekly tutoring mean to Wassana? It means that she’s able to put her memoirs together detailing her early life before she came to Australia and after. This story means so much to her family to have it written down to keep as a treasured family heirloom. Tutoring means that she has worked on those hard to pronounce words and she now feels a lot more confident when talking to others and particularly when using the phone. Her use of English grammar has been refined and her writing and speaking are much clearer as a result. 

Over the few years that Wassana has been with the LINC Tasmania Literacy program she’s had two tutors, Dit and Marg. Both have helped her to grow in confidence with her second language, English.

Thanks to Deloraine House there’s been a warm and welcoming place to go and work. Deloraine House not only provides a fabulous venue but also loads of encouragement from the staff to keep on working on those learning goals.

It was great to meet with these two lovely ladies. The smiles say it all. I was particularly impressed with how far Wassana’s pronunciation has come. The trick to this? According to Dit the trick is, "pretend that we are the Queen: slow it down and say each syllable slowly." 

Thanks Dit for all your commitment to tutoring each week. Thanks Wassana for your commitment to learning.

Have you been to a 26TEN Literacy Awareness Workshop?

Let us know how we can improve

26TEN’s literacy awareness workshop shows people why some adults have low literacy and how it affects their lives. Many people find the workshop moving and enlightening.

We are updating the workshop kit of materials. If you have participated in or a facilitated a workshop let us know your ideas for improving the kit by Friday 24 June. Later in the year we’ll have a few train the trainer sessions for LINC staff and other 26TEN members.

If you have any comments please let us know via  or call Christina on 6165 5514 or Allison on 6165 5512.


26TEN grants reach widely

Thirteen organisations across the state have been awarded nearly $600,000 as part of latest 26TEN grants program. The grants aim to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of Tasmanians by helping organisations provide literacy and numeracy support and improve the use of plain English in the workplace.  The new grant recipients are:

•    National Disability Service
•    Houstons Farm
•    Launceston City Mission
•    St Vincent de Paul
•    Starting Point Neighbourhood House
•    Emmerton Park and TasTAFE
•    Wide Angle Tasmania
•    Tas Networks
•    JBS Australia Meats and TasTAFE
•    Burnie Community House and TasTAFE
•    North West Football League (NWFL) and TasTAFE
•    Tasmanian School Canteen Association
•    Goodstart Early Learning.

We are glad to have such diverse variety of organisations, locations and approaches. We’ve put more details on our website

May was 26TEN’s first plain English month – over 250 people participated

About 180 people attended events on 4 May including the breakfast panel discussion where panelists Neil James, Tim Greenaway and Robin Banks (pictured below) spoke about the right of people to understand the information they are given by doctors, lawyers and government agencies.

Plain English and 26TEN was the lead story in the Equal Opportunity Tasmania newsletter and we featured on three different ABC local radio programs.

137 Tasmanians attended plain English training in May. This included a group from LINC’s Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, teachers and principals through the Professional Learning Institute and Disability Support Teachers. LINC Tasmania gave us great support to present a workshop in New Norfolk and three workshops for the public; in Devonport, Launceston and Kingston.

Building the 26TEN workforce

Skilled literacy practitioners are vital to 26TEN's goal of lifting adult literacy and numeracy. In the last week of May we ran three full day workshops for more than 40 practitioners.

Jenni Oldfield, pictured above, delivered inspiring and informative sessions about using the Australian Core Skills Framework and delivering literacy and numeracy in the workplace.
 30 June               ACSF Validation and

 9 August              ACSF Validation and

 21 September     ACSF Validation and

 24 - 28 October   26TEN Week

 24 October          Reception at Government

Free workshop anyone?

26TEN offers two free workshops for members and supporters to build skills of people who write at work.

Literacy awareness - 1 hour

The literacy awareness workshop answers the questions people have about adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmania:
  • Why do people have problems taking messages, following instructions or taking the right dose of medicine?
  • What is functional literacy and how do we measure it?  
  • What is being done to help?   
  • What is functional literacy and how do we measure it?
Plain English - 3.5 hours

Using plain English can increase productivity and satisfaction in the workplace by reducing errors and supporting clear communication. Our 3.5 hours workshop teaches the principles of plain English and gives you time to practise on your own material.

For more information:

Good news for 26TEN in the State Budget

In the recent Budget, the Government allocated funds for a new 26TEN team member. Work at 26TEN has snowballed with the launch of the ten-year strategy. There are four additional members of the Coalition and we have doubled the numbers of supporters and members. We have more plain English trainers and aim to deliver 50 plain English workshops before the end of October 2016.  
Coming Soon

Watch out for your new 26TEN poster that will be arriving in the mail soon. To order more copies you can email us at or return the order slip that will be included with the poster.
26TEN is a growing network of people committed to improving adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmania.

Business, community, government and individuals are working together to improve adult literacy and numeracy, because no single organisation can do it.

For more information about anything to do with 26TEN please contact the 26TEN Team.

Christina Roscoe, Allison Mitchell, Jennifer Dunbabin, Sue Costello
(03) 6165 5512
1300 00 2610

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