Dear Reader,

During the summer period also our newsletter appears a bit less frequently.

This time we recommend you to read and comment three interesting blogs on very actual topics concerning basic skills, we present you three important events organized by our members early Autumn and also have some inspiring resources and project descriptions.

Have a very pleasant and relaxing summer!

Best wishes

Zoltán Várkonyi

and the EBSN-EPALE Team



Maria Toia – Director of the Romanian Institute for Adult Education and Executive Committee Member of the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) – is inviting you to share your thought in 2 themes as well:

Skills, not just diplomas

One of them is about ongoing debate skills vs. diplomas

Literacy concepts and misconceptions

In the other she highlighted the essentials and she is calling for consistent use on adult literacy-related terminology

Basic skills training in working life – a benefit for the individual, business and society

By Gina Lund, Director General at Vox, Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning


Literacy At the Workplace Conference in French, English and German - How can key competences be developed at work?

European meeting in Lyon, France – Organized by French, German and Austrian stakeholders participating in the Literacy@Work project, in partnership with ANLCI, Garf, ANDRH, AEH and ANACT.

The conference focuses sharing experiences of literacy learning and policies at the workplace.

Even 3 workshops will be organized the presentations and a roundtable as well:

• Mobilizing to set up a literacy program at the workplace

• Conducting a custom build literacy training

• Reinvesting the acquired skills in the workplace and assess the effects of the program

This final seminar marks the end of the Literacy@Work project, and has the goal of highlighting solutions that have proven a success in France, Germany and Austria.

This meeting is one of the highlights of the 2nd French National Action Days against illiteracy.

Website of the project: www.literacyatwork.eu  (launched on 1st of July 2015)

Digital Learning in Adult English, maths and ICT

Organized by National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

This recently updated course draws on a diverse and interactive range of up-to-date learning technologies and theory. It extends the content from the previous module and will support you to develop innovative teaching and learning practice across English, maths and ICT.

You will have the opportunity to experience remote-controlled classroom practice.

Target audience

This training is relevant to English, maths and ICT teachers and curriculum developers/ managers.

A working ability to engage with ICT (web-based and everyday software) is required.

Please being any mobile technology you may have with you.

Literacy week in The Netherlands

Organized by Reading and Writing Foundation, The Netherlands

Literacy Weekis an annual event in which the Netherlands as a whole participates. It takes place in the week around the UNESCO International Literacy Day on 8thof September. The Literacy Week focuses on three types of main activities, namely agenda-setting, prevention and reduction of literacy difficulties. The general objective of the week is to inform as much people as possible about the importance of literacy as well as encouraging as many organizations as possible to start with actions to tackle literacy difficulties. The Dutch Reading and Writing Foundation (Stichting Lezen & Schrijven) serves as a nation-wide catalyst, provider of inspiration and as a supporter of organizations hosting activities and events.


Community Centres for Lifelong Learning – An integrated approach to overcome economic, social and educational disparities in rural areas from the West Region of Romania

The Romanian Institute for Adult Education (IREA), together with the partners Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB), the Romanian-German Foundation (FRG) and the Foundation Centre for Rural Assistance (CAR), are implementing the project Community Centres for Lifelong Learning – an integrated approach to overcome economic, social and educational disparities in rural areas from the West Region of Romania. The project has started in January 2015 and will be completed in January 2018.

Learning to learn for work and life - LeWel Up Toolkit

Learning to learn for work and life is a toolkit that aims to help training providers and trainers, teachers or other practitioners in adult learning, to plan and implement a learning to learn‘ course for low skilled adults, migrants and other disadvantaged groups of learners, or simply embed different elements and activities in their daily practice.

The toolkit was developed within the transnational project LeWel Up, by a consortium of partners from 6 European countries (UK, Romania, Spain, Estonia, Germany and France). 2 of them are EBSN members; Romanian Institute for Adult Education (IREA), Romania, and German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), Germany.

Maths contextualisation toolkit from UK

This toolkit is designed to assist tutors in the planning and delivering of contextualised maths courses. The toolkit encourages vocational and academic tutors to develop, use and share contextualised resources.

Contextualised resources not only support the teaching of maths in maths-focused lessons, but can also help other teaching staff to embed maths teaching into the vocational aspects of Study Programmes. This approach reinforces maths learning and helps to give learners the best possible chance of success.

This can help learners to develop a more positive attitude to maths and a deeper and more sustained understanding of mathematical concepts.

The toolkit includes a guide to developing contextualised resources, a context grid with advice on how to use it, and a learner feedback form. Exemplar resources are provided for construction trades, community services (health, social care and childcare), business and administration, general life and personal interests.

Even a recording of a webinar introduces how to use the toolkit: Webinar - March 2015

Gamification and adult literacy

 This report was created as part of Literacy Link South Central’s Job Creation Partnership Project “Using Technology to Facilitate Connections between Literacy and the Broader Community” (2014).

This resource is written for tutors and resource developers looking for ways of increasing adult engagement in literacy learning. This report examines best practices for incorporating gamification and game elements into adult literacy education.

The report begins by defining gamification and looking at the history of the term.

Understanding how to incorporate gamification in education comes from an understanding of the core drives that make games appealing. In order to understand these core drives, it is important to understand how individuals react to different game elements.

Then the research look at examples of gamification from advertising, marketing, and education, concluding with an examination of two educational gamification projects in Ontario, Canada.

The report concludes by offering 3 do’s and 3 don’ts for using gamification and game elements in adult literacy education.

Gamification may offer a new and novel way for the adult literacy sector to reach the gaming population.