New Resource: Helping adults learn maths

Numeracy is the use of maths in the real world.

We use maths all the time without even thinking about it. Measuring up for a garden shed, multiplying a recipe for 4 people so it can feed 12, calculating how long a trip will take and how much it will cost or comparing costs of specials at the supermarket are examples of how adults use maths, calculations, shape and statistics in every day life.

If you are helping adults learn a new skill, you may also need to help them with some maths or maths-related language that relates to this new skill.

Here is a resource for tutors that suggests some ways you can help learners build their numeracy skills, without having to be an maths expert yourself.

Embedding and Numeracy: a resource for ACE tutors offers strategies and tips for working with learners who are learning skills that require some understanding and use of maths language.

Let me know if you find it helpful in the comments section below, and pass it on if you find it useful. The resource was developed for Te Kupenga o Manukau ACE Network.

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New resource: Helping adults learn new vocabulary

Embedding and Vocabulary

What can you do if you are helping someone learn – to cook, to improve their golf, to use small business software – and it becomes clear they have trouble reading and writing?

Helping the learner to understand the new words that relate to the subject they are learning is a great place to start.

In any new subject there are new words, technical terms and abbreviations. If a person has never heard those terms, it makes it hard to use them, read them or write them down. And sometimes people can read a word but not understand what it means in a particular context. Understanding is key!

I’ve been involved in developing a resource for tutors to help people to learn and overcome the barriers that new vocabulary and words can create.

The Embedding and Vocabulary resource offers strategies and tips for people teaching in the community to use when working with learners who are covering new areas.

Let me know if you find it helpful in the comments section below, and pass it on if you find it useful. The resource was developed for Te Kupenga o Manukau ACE Network.