Language, Literacy and Numeracy Policy

Fact box

  • Policy owner: Chair, Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Policy category: Academic: Learning and Teaching
  • Policy status: Approved
  • Approval body: Academic Board
  • Endorsement body: Learning & Teaching Committee
  • Last amended: 17th Sept. 2019

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) standards for Vocational Education and Training (VET) students at Alphacrucis College (AC).

Scope

VET courses

Policy

The minimum LLN standards required to enrol in a course at AC are stated in the relevant course admission requirements.

If the student has demonstrated the minimum standard required to apply and enrol in a course and is having difficulty successfully completing their study due to LLN performance, AC will arrange support services to be available for the student.

A general assessment of student LLN standards for all VET courses is outlined below in the LLN procedures. If the student’s performance in the general assessment of LLN raises concern that the student may have LLN difficulties, the student must complete a detailed assessment.

If at any time a member of AC faculty or Registrar believes that the student is not demonstrating the minimum LLN standards for the course, they may request a detailed assessment of student’s LLN abilities, to be completed by the student in person under supervision within five days.

If as a result of the detailed assessment the student’s abilities appear to be severely below the minimum threshold for enrolment, AC may consider transfer to a pathway course or cancellation of enrolment.

Responsible for implementation

Admissions Officer and VET Faculty

Key stakeholders

Registry and all VET students and staff


Procedures

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Procedures

The general assessment of student LLN standards will follow these steps. Students identified with potential LLN issues will continue past step 2.

1. Students must personally complete the course application and enrolment process including a 200 word statement of intention. All international students will follow the international student admissions process which may include a personal interview. The application and statement of intention will be reviewed by the admissions officer.

2. Students must complete the online induction, including the general assessment of LLN. All international students will need to complete this in person at the campus of at which they are studying, unless alternative arrangements are permitted by the AC Program Director.

3. Students identified with LLN issues in steps 1 or 2 will be required to attend a LLN interview. Furthermore, if any faculty member has concerns with a student’s performance post enrolment related to LLN, they can request that the student attends a LLN interview.

4. If required, the student must attend an interview with a college staff member with LLN experience. The interview will cover (but not be limited to):

  • purpose of interview;
  • ask the student to describe their background and skills;
  • ask the student to complete the self-assessment;
  • ask the student to complete another reading task. 

5. The college staff member will complete a summary report and submit to the VET Student Affairs Committee for their evaluation and provision of support strategies. Support strategies may include:

  • reasonable variation of assessments,
  • peer support or one-on-one support,
  • study skills training,
  • referral to external agencies for literacy and numeracy courses (such as The Reading Writing Hotline).