2015 has been another very busy year for our workplace team. We have run projects with ADHB at Auckland Hospital and The Selwyn Foundation across their North Island sites as well as a number of smaller projects in a range of businesses. Recently, we have been involved in a project producing some embedded literacy resources for the healthcare sector for NCLANA (the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults).
Yvonne, a doctor from China, popped in this afternoon with coffees. She recently recently passed OET, the Occupational English Test so we asked her some questions about the approach she took. Why OET? “I’m a doctor from China and am working in New Zealand in a research position. I had previously taken IELTS a couple of times. My latest results were Writing 6; Speaking 6.5; Listening 8 and Reading 7.5. So
Work as a police officer is demanding in terms of communication skills – probably more demanding than a lot of police applicants realise. Studying at Royal New Zealand Police College is intense and there is Policing and legal knowledge to learn during that time. It is similar in demands to a first year university course but done over 19 weeks. So, the time to develop your foundation skills is before you join
We have been working on a project about narratives in partnership with Elizabeth Knox Home & Hospital this year. The training was shortlisted for the Health Ed Trust Training Award presented at the New Zealand Aged Care Association conference at Sky City. Because Knox is an Eden Alternative Registered Home, the quality of interactions is critical in terms of eliminating the three plagues of loneliness, hopeless
Speaking skills are core business. For many businesses, effective speaking makes as much, if not a more, significant contribution to how well an employee operates in the workplace as reading and writing. For example, a security guard needs to be able to understand their site operating procedures and report any observations accurately and objectively in their logbook. However, their ability to give a timely, accurate
It’s always good when you learn something new from your learners. A recent task from one of the courses we are running was for learners to create a screencast teaching other people how to do something on a computer. The literacy focus was on speaking skills – consideration of the needs / level of understanding of the audience and thinking through how to make the message as clear as possible. One of the