Best practice for embedding adult literacy and numeracy

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Last updated 5 October 2016
Last updated 10/05/2016

Embedded literacy and numeracy (ELN) combines the development of literacy and numeracy skills with the development of vocational and other skills. This page has information and guidance to help you understand and apply ELN to your work with learners.

The literacy and numeracy skills developed provide learners with the competence, confidence and motivation necessary for them to succeed in the vocational programme, or at work and in life.

Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) should all be at a mature stage of ELN practice, where ELN is part of business as usual. This means that they use the existing literacy and numeracy resources and infrastructure well in their teaching, and have literacy and numeracy skills development of learners embedded in their daily operations at all levels.

We have created this ELN practices table to help organisations identify their own ELN practice. The table lets you reflect and then plan for what can be achieved to improve your ELN practice.

ELN practices table (Word, 315 Kb)

A wealth of resources and information on how to embed literacy and numeracy skills development for learners effectively in your organisation is available online at the Te Arapiki Ako website.

Te Arapiki Ako website

Embedded literacy and numeracy elements for ITOs

The following elements of embedded literacy and numeracy (see link below) have been developed from research we have commissioned. They highlight the practices industry training organisations (ITOs) need to take into account in their literacy and numeracy work:

Detailed guidance is also available for: