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National Adult Literacy Update




y 2022

We are delighted to tell you about our Student Day and online Student Empowerment Programme taking place this month. These events are for you if you are an adult, or young person, who is:

  • Improving your literacy in a centre: adult literacy centre, Youthreach, National Learning Network or Community Training Centre, or other centre;
  • Improving your literacy using NALA’s Tutoring Service - over the phone, or using the website; or
  • Improving your English (doing ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages) in an adult education centre.

This month we also have our ESOL Conference for tutors. Find out more about these events and what we've been up to so far in 2022 below.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Kind regards,

From all the team at the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)




Upcoming events for students


Our national Student Day for adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy students is back on Saturday 21 May and we can't wait to see you!

Taking place in the Ashling Hotel in Dublin, our Student Day is a great opportunity for you to meet other students from around the country, hear from student speakers and attend workshops. This is a free event (with lunch) but you do have to register.

Find out more about the Student Day


Registration is now open for our Student Empowerment Programme for adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy students. Online workshops will cover public speaking, being wise online, living well and going to the doctors.

Sign up to an Empowerment Programme workshop


We are proud to introduce you to our new and improved eLearning website, Learn with NALA. The website provides 50+ courses for free in subjects such as English, Maths, Computers and Digital Media.

Learn with NALA was developed especially for the one in six adults in Ireland with unmet literacy needs. This prevents them from doing things that many of us take for granted, such as helping kids with homework, going for a promotion or sending an email. NALA’s eLearning website allows people to learn and improve these skills online and get a qualification if they want to. Or, you can learn over the phone with one of our friendly tutors.

We also have a range of Professional Development course for tutors available.



Calling all English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutors and coordinators.

Please join us for free at our live ESOL conference on Thursday 19 May from 9.30am - 3.30pm at The Marino Institute of Education, it’s the first one in two years!

You can attend the conference and hear a range of speakers in the morning, followed by a series of ESOL workshops. For those who can’t attend in person, the morning session from 10am until 11.00am will be live-streamed on NALA’s YouTube Channel. It will be followed by an online ESOL webinar from 12pm to 1.15pm.

Find out more about the ESOL Conference



Peer-to-peer literacy in Portlaoise Prison


We were proud to have our peer-to-peer literacy programme with Portlaoise Prison's Education Unit, Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board and South East Technological University (formerly Waterford Institute of Technology) featured by journalist Patrick Freyne in the Irish Times. Read the full article on




Recent NALA research

Here to help


This case study tells the story behind the Peer-to-Peer Literacy Ambassadors’ and Tutors’ programme in Portlaoise Prison. A unique partnership between a group of adult learners in Portlaoise Prison, NALA, the Portlaoise Prison Education Unit, Waterford Institute of Technology and Laois Offaly Education and Training Board formed the foundation for the programme with support from Dublin Adult Learning Centre.

Read the Here to Help report

Leading the way in online learning


This research report tells the story of NALA's eLearning website WriteOn from 2008 - 2019. Over its eleven-year existence, WriteOn was a unique, powerful and empowering teaching and learning resource. It not only reduced barriers to access and supported greater participation, but it also provided learners with opportunities to recognise their prior learning, work towards learning new skills and have these certificated initially at Level 2 and subsequently Level 3.

Read the Leading the way in online learning


Plain English is a way of writing and presenting information that helps someone understand it the first time they read or hear it. It involves short clear sentences and using everyday words. It does not involve small print or unnecessary jargon.

Take a look at NALA's Plain English Writing and Design tips to learn more how you can communicate clearly and effectively.

Or, you can also sign up to our next Plain English Open Training on 13 July.

Read NALA's Plain English tips


Help us make a difference by becoming a member of NALA. 

NALA is committed to making sure people with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs.

By becoming a member of NALA you can be a part of this life changing work. You will receive our monthly e-zine where you will be kept up to date on literacy issues.

You can sign up for a free individual membership or we have three types of paid membership with additional benefits.

Become a member of NALA


If you are already a member of NALA we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support.








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