Sunday, 20 August, 2017

What Next : What is Adult Basic Education?

Adult Basic Education and the adult literacy service


What is Adult Basic Education and what supports can adult learners get?

Lots of adults return to learning to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills. Courses organised by the Adult Literacy Service in each county are offered to adults and can be done on a one-to-one basis or as part of a small group. These courses are provided free of charge and the service is confidential.

What are the benefits of taking a course like this?

People who return to adult basic education want to catch up on what they missed at school. It’s a great opportunity to improve your skills and also gain the confidence to go on and learn new ones.

Where do you find Adult Basic Education courses?

If you are interested, or know someone else who could benefit from a course:  

  • Contact your local Adult Education Officer (AEO) in your nearest ETB for advice
  • Freephone the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), 1800 20 20 65  for support and information on where to go for help or visit

In addition, there are web-based options for those who want to practice in the comfort of their own homes. The website can be used by people in their own homes. was launched by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in 2008. This site allows adults to assess their skills and then work on areas that need some improvements. Learners can then use this site to apply for a national award at Level 2 or 3.

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