National Forum for Adult Literacy Tutors 2018

Reading, writing and technology: Strategies to enhance the learners’ experience

Date: Saturday 27 January 2018 - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Venue: The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

9.30 Registration: tea and coffee

10.00 Welcome and opening remarks: Chairperson: Fiona Maloney, Director of Further Education and Training Support Services, ETBI

10.10 Preparing for Level 3 content: Daren Ofako, Innovations and Research Manager, NALA

10.25 Taking away the fear of technology for tutors and students: Laura Roland, Development and Resource Worker, Clare Adult Basic Education Service

10.45 Tutor strategies for engaging and motivating learners: Dr. Maeve O’Grady, Lecturer on WIT/NALA courses in Adult and Further Education, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

11.05 Phonics as an effective strategy to improve reading and spelling: Michelle McGrane, ESOL tutor, Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB

11.25 Questions and answers

11.45 – 1.15 Morning workshops:

A. Strategies and approaches to teaching reading – Fionnaigh Connaughton, Adult education tutor and trainer, Dublin Adult Learning Centre

B. Dealing with sensitive topics raised during adult literacy classes – Eilish Roche, Lecturer, Literacy Development Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology and Helen Ryan, Policy Officer, NALA

C. Using technology in the numeracy classroom – Tony Sweeney, Numeracy Trainer

D. Certification of learning in adult literacy work: An exploratory workshop – Blathnaid Ni Chinneide and Joan Butler, NALA

E. Sourcing, adapting and preparing reading materials - Edel Donnellan, NALA Distance Learning Service Tutor

F. Empowering students through digital media - Aoife Fitzsimons, Adult Literacy Tutor, Galway and Roscommon ETB

G. Ideas for getting beginners to write – Lisa Kilbride, Adult education tutor and tutor trainer, Dublin Adult Learning Centre

1.15 Lunch

2.30 – 4.00 Afternoon workshops:

H. Strategies and approaches to teaching reading – Fionnaigh Connaughton, Adult education tutor and trainer, Dublin Adult Learning Centre

I. Dealing with sensitive topics raised during adult literacy classes – Eilish Roche, Lecturer, Literacy Development Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology and Helen Ryan, Policy Officer, NALA

J. Using technology in the numeracy classroom – Tony Sweeney, Numeracy Trainer

K. Certification of learning in adult literacy work: An exploratory workshop – Blathnaid Ni Chinneide and Joan Butler, NALA

L. Sourcing, adapting and preparing reading materials - Edel Donnellan, NALA Distance Learning Service Tutor

M. Empowering students through digital media - Aoife Fitzsimons, Adult Literacy Tutor, Galway and Roscommon ETB

N. Ideas for getting beginners to write – Lisa Kilbride, Adult education tutor and tutor trainer, Dublin Adult Learning Centre

4.00 Close

Cost: There is no charge for attending this event. However, you have to be a NALA member to attend. If you would like to attend and are not already a member of NALA, you can join for free. You can also pay a membership fee of €25 to get extra benefits. For all information about membership and to join online please click here.

Note: The Ashling Hotel is across the river from Heuston station. To see a map, please click here. There is a small car park at the hotel which is often full. NALA can’t cover the parking costs for participants. The ‘Museum’ LUAS stop is a two minute walk from the hotel. There is free parking in the Phoenix Park nearby.