We make approaches to teaching more effective

Good practice in adult literacy work starts with the needs and interests of individuals. It is concerned with personal development and building confidence as well as technical skills. For 30 years NALA has pioneered new teaching methods, developing guidelines for good adult literacy work and tutor training programmes.

We work to improve and develop teaching and learning practices in adult literacy education. Adult literacy and numeracy teaching is different from teaching in schools. It is designed to meet each student's needs. Students set the agenda. They decide their own goals and how they wish to learn.

NALA's current work in enhancing adult literacy teaching and learning involves:

  • promoting a student-centred approach to Adult Literacy Work.
  • running conferences and other events to highlight key issues in adult litearcy and share literacy expertise.
  • encouraging the integration of literacy into vocational education and training and workplace learning.
  • developing teaching and learning resources.
  • commissioning and sharing research
  • facilitating, listening to, and hearing students' voice.
  • supporting the professional development of teachers and other practitioners.