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How do I Customise Resources for LLN?

If you’re doing the TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills, either as part of your TAE Upgrade, or your full Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, you’re going to come across an assignment that asks you to do something like “Customise and Use Two Learning Resources to Address LLN Requirements.” No matter where you do your Cert IV, the requirement will be similar.

What does it mean to customise resources for LLN, and why would you do that?

Approximately 53% of working age Australians have difficulty with numeracy skills; 46% of Australian adults have difficulty with reading skills, and 13% are classified in the lowest literacy category.No More Excuses: An industry response to the language, literacy and numeracy challenge

Depending on what research you review, we know it’s around half the Australian population struggling with language literacy and numeracy skills. One of the ways that we can support people with LLN difficulties is by adjusting the learning resources that we might ordinarily use for someone who doesn’t struggle.

Australia’s results, no matter how you read them, demonstrate unequivocally that a significant number of people aged from 15 to 74 years old in Australia do not have access to sufficient foundation skills in reading and numeracy to be able to cope equitably with life and work in the 21st century.OECD (2017), Building Skills for All in Australia: Policy Insights from the Survey of Adult Skills, OECD Skills Studies, OECD Publishing


How to Customise Resources for LLN?

Watch the video above to see a simple example in action of how you might do this, along with some additional suggestions.

The changes and customisations don’t need to be complex or drastic. It’s not the wholesale rewrite of an entire textbook. It’s simple modifications that can make a huge difference.

In the example we look at taking a simple handout on mixing concrete, some written text. It’s quite wordy and there are no visuals. Then there have been images and diagrams added to aid understanding, especially for lower literacy learners.

There are also visual representations of ratios to help with numeracy.

The format has been simplified with lots of keywords and different font sizes.

In the video we take this a step further by demonstrating using simple household measuring objects (water, gravel, flour) and creating a simple safe low-cost demonstration to help students understand the mixing ratios of concrete.

Students can work together to try these things out. It’s safe and you’re not wasting real building materials.

In another example, cordial is mixed with water to demonstrate simple mixing ratios.

Other LLN adjustment examples

In the video, additional LLN adjustment examples are offered including:

  • Text Handout → Explainer Video
  • Changing Font Sizes
  • Adding Simple Diagrams
  • Visual Demonstrations
  • Text to Speech
  • Voice to Text
  • Audio Recordings
  • Drawing on Whiteboard