NALA Student Day Dublin 2018

NALA Student Day Dublin

Saturday 9 June 2018 in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 (near Heuston Station and Luas stop) 

Theme: “Literacy in the different parts of your life”

This Student Day was originally going to take place on 3 March but was cancelled due to the snow storm. If you already booked to attend in March then you don't need to book again. We will be in touch with you to make sure that you are still available for the new date in June.

Who are the NALA Student Days for? The student days are for you if you are:

  • Improving your literacy and numeracy in an adult education centre;
  • Improving your literacy or numeracy using NALA’s Distance Learning Service – doing tuition over the phone or using the website; or
  • Improving your English in an adult education centre (doing English for Speakers of Other Languages - ESOL This year we have specific workshops for distance learners and ESOL students.

So what happens at these Student Days? 

You meet and exchange ideas with other students, attend a workshop and learn something new. Student days are important to NALA as one of the ways the Agency hears directly from adults who have literacy and numeracy difficulties. In 2018 will have a stand at the student days about NALA’s Distance Learning Service. This will be of interest to students who would like to do additional hours tuition.

Wondering what NALA is? See here for more information about what we do.

The Student Days are for students! 

NALA occasionally receives requests from tutors and Adult Literacy Organisers that they themselves would like to attend the student days. Our policy is that these days are for students only. The only exception to this is when we invite a tutor or speaker to play a specific role. For example facilitating a workshop or giving a talk. Then we invite them to stay on if they wish. The reason for this policy is to give students a chance to explore together their experience. NALA organises a National Tutors’ Forum in January each year for adult literacy tutors. The Agency also has four other conferences a year that are mostly geared towards paid and volunteer tutors and Adult Literacy Organisers.

Welcoming people in

NALA’s Student Subcommittee will welcome students and look out for students coming in on their own. At the introduction we go through ground rules. One of these is to participate the way you want to yourself. For example people are free to get up and go for a walk during the day if they wish. If you are encouraging a student to come along but think they might need extra support please phone Margaret in NALA. She will arrange someone to look out for them and check in on them during the day. Margaret Murray, Student and Membership Officer, NALA tel. 01 412 7928, email

Is there a cost to attend? No and we provide tea, coffee on arrival and a free lunch. We do ask students attending to show they support our work by becoming free members of NALA. To join NALA for free, please click here.


NALA is not in a position to provide transport. ETBs have supported the student days by putting on buses for students. For example Cork ETB put on a bus for the 2017 NALA student day in Thurles. Louth and Meath ETB put a bus on for the student day in Dublin.

What next? See the programme below and fill in the booking form. You will attend one workshop in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. We will fill workshops on a first come first served basis. Once you have filled in the form, come along at 9.30am on the day.

Choosing workshops: When it comes to the workshop section, please choose your the workshops you would like to do in order of preference. If you don't mind which workshop you go to, choose "Don't mind / no preference given". Do fill in the form to help us plan the day.


Programme for the NALA Student Day in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 (near Heuston Station and Luas stop)  

Saturday 3 March 2018

Theme: "Literacy in the different parts of your life"


10.00 - 10.30 Registration and tea and coffee

10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and introduction

10.45 – 11.15 Four students talk about going back to education

11.15 - 11.25  Say hello to someone new!

11.25 – 11.30 Go to workshop rooms

11.30 - 1pm    Workshops

Students attend one workshop for the morning and attend a different one in the afternoon.

Blue workshop: Health

This workshop will give you tips about how you can communicate better with the health services and there will be a fun debate. You share your opinions and then change sides if you change your mind! Facilitated by Pam Buchanan, Adult, Family & Community Learning Facilitator with Liz and Lee from the Student Subcommittee.

Red workshop: Think big

NALA is making the case for further investment to raise adult literacy and numeracy levels in Ireland. We want to draw out your ideas about what could make an impact. Facilitated by Helen Ryan, NALA Policy Officer.

Purple workshop: Career and further education        

Find out how adult literacy students have used further education and training to improve their careers and further study opportunities. Facilitated by Bobby Borwick, Adult Guidance Counsellor, City of Dublin ETB.

Yellow workshop: Technology    

Pick up tips about Facebook and privacy. Learn about an app other students have found invaluable. Take time to discuss the good and the bad about technology these days. Facilitated by Thelma Donoghue, Galway and Roscommon ETB and with Catriona Whelan from NALA and Jude Holt from NALA's Student Subcommittee.

Green workshop: Distance learning

This workshop is for students who are using, or have used, NALA’s Distance Learning Service. The Distance Learning Service has two parts. One is the tutoring service over the phone. The other is the website. At this workshop you will hear about new content on, network, exchange ideas and talk about your learning. Facilitated by Noelle O'Kane, Distance Learning Tutor, NALA.

Grey workshop: ESOL

This workshop is for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students. Network, exchange ideas and talk about your learning. Facilitated by Diane Keane, Galway and Roscommon ETB, ESOL tutor.

1.00 – 2.00                 Lunch

2.00 – 3.20                 Second workshop

3.20 - 3.30                  How you found the day (evaluation)

3.30 - 4.00                  Questions and answers

4.00                            Close