Literacy and Numeracy for Basic Trades

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Literacy and Numeracy for Basic Trades In response to requests from the small island states of the Pacific region, COL, working in partnership with the Pacific Association of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (PATVET) produced a series of courses titled Basic Trade for Small Island Nations. This series provided the resources to teach people in remote communities the basic trade skills for working with timber, concrete and small engines. The series can be found on this link. In order to assist with literacy development to aid in the full utilisation of these resources, COL, working with the Oloamanu Centre of the National University of Samoa and with the support of PATVET, developed a course on basic vocational literacy and numeracy for basic trades. Educators from six Pacific Island nations were involved in the course writing. The course consists of the following five modules: 1. Building vocabulary: students will be able to recognize, define, read and write the names of tools, equipment and building materials, and use the correct terminologies for working with timber and concrete. 2. Listening and speaking: students will be able to relate and interpret the information heard; follow and relay instructions. 3. Reading and understanding: students will be able to read, understand and interpret instructions in the workplace. 4. Writing in the basic trades: students will be able to transfer oral language to written language in the same context. 5. Numeracy: students will be able to measure, calculate and convert numbers and units in the workplace. Each module contains a student workbook and a tutor guide. A guide for managers is also made available, along with audio content to support learning. The audio content was produced by the Communications Team at the National University of Samoa.

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

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