NALA Student Day Dublin 2019

NALA Student Day Dublin

Saturday 23 March 2019 in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

Theme: “Extend your learning”

Who are the NALA Student Days for? 

The student days are for you if you are an adult or a young person:

  • Improving your literacy in a centre: adult literacy centre, Youthreach, National Learning Network or Community Training Centre
  • Improving your literacy over the phone or using the website
  • Improving your English (doing ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages) in an adult education centre

What is NALA?

NALA helps people with literacy difficulties to take part fully in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs.

So what happens at these Student Days? 

You will meet other students, hear interesting speakers and learn something new at a fun workshop. No one is put under pressure. You can get up and walk around and take a break if you need to.

A student only space

These days are for students only. The only exception to this is when we invite a tutor or speaker to facilitate a workshop or give a talk.

How NALA helps to make students comfortable when they arrive

NALA’s Student Subcommittee will welcome people when they arrive and help them to feel at ease. If you are encouraging a student to come along and think they might need extra support please phone Margaret Murray, Student and Membership Officer in NALA. She will arrange for someone to look out for the student and check in on them during the day. Margaret’s number is 01 412 7928 and email

Is there a cost to attend? 

There is no cost to attend the event and NALA provides tea, coffee on arrival and a free lunch. We do ask all students attending to show they support our work by becoming free members of NALA. If you are not already a member we will have free membership forms there on the day.


Unfortunately NALA is not in a position to provide transport. In the past, ETBs have supported the student days by putting on buses for students.

Book your place 

To book your place please fill in the booking form below. You will be able to choose your first and second preferences for the morning and the afternoon workshops. If you are booking a place for someone else and do not know their preference, use the "Don't mind" option. We will fill workshops on a first come first served basis. Once you have booked, come along on the day. NALA Staff and Student Subcommittee will be there to welcome you.

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.


10.00 - 10.30 Registration and tea and coffee

10.30 – 10.40 Welcome and introduction

10.40 – 10.50 Two students share their experiences about going back to education

10.50 - 11.00 Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board

11.00 - 11.10 Margaret Bentley, Senior Executive Librarian, South Dublin Libraries

11.10 - 11.20 Questions and answers

11.20 -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.

Green workshop: Learn literacy over the phone or by using

This workshop will let you know how you can use NALA’s Distance Learning Service. With this Service you can improve your literacy skills over the phone with a tutor or you can use to extend your learning. 

Joan Butler, Distance Learning Coordinator, NALA

Orange workshop: Find out about useful apps and how to keep safe online

This workshop will show you apps people are using to help build their literacy and numeracy skills. You will talk to other students about apps and learn tips about how to keep safe online.

Diane Keane, Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, ESOL tutor

Blue workshop: How plain English can help you

This workshop will tell you what plain English is and you will hear about NALA’s work in this area. You will also pick up tips for using plain English that will help you with your learning.

Sean Driver, Plain English Editor, NALA

Red workshop: Tips about other learning opportunities

This workshop will tell you about how your local library, community projects, courses for parents in schools and other free online options (like TED talks) can help you extend your learning.

Bobby Borwick, Adult Guidance Counsellor, City of Dublin ETB    


1.00 – 2.00                 Lunch

2.00 – 3.20                 Second workshop (from the list of workshops above)

3.20 - 3.30                 Discuss how you found the day - evaluation

3.30 - 4.00                 Questions and answers

4.00                            Close