Is your Adult Education Centre closed?

You can access free tuition for adults over the phone.

Patrick Gleeson, National Adult Literacy Agency

Patrick Gleeson, National Adult Literacy Agency

— By Patrick Gleeson

Has your adult education class been postponed because of Covid-19?

Do you have some extra time on your hands to learn at home?

The good news is that you can keep learning with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). You can work with a tutor over the phone or study online by yourself. Or, you can do a combination of these to suit your needs.

  • Reading, writing, and spelling
  • Filling in forms, for example for social welfare benefit
  • Helping kids with homework
  • Understanding health information
  • Doing basic math
  • Using technology

Call us on Freephone 1800 20 20 65, or Text LEARN to 50050 and we will ring you back with more information and set you up with one of our friendly distance learning tutors.

Our phone is answered Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.00pm and we will reply to all texts within two days.

This is how learning with a tutor on the phone works:

• Everything is free.
• You decide what to learn. There is no set course.
• We call when it suits you – you just tell us when. There is no class schedule.
• Normally we make one call per week for up to 30 minutes.
• We keep working with you until you want to stop.

Learn online with NALA

We have a new website that can help you improve your literacy and numeracy skills.
Click here or go to to start learning today.
We have two courses available: Level 2 Writing and Level 2 Pattern and Relationship.
Two more courses, Level 2 Reading and Level 2 Using Technology, will be available by next week.

If you have any questions about how to use our website please contact us on 1800 20 20 65.

“We know it’s a very difficult time at the moment, especially for the many people in Ireland who struggle with reading, writing and using everyday technology” says Dr Inez Bailey, CEO of NALA .

“That’s why we’re making our distance learning service, with tutors on the phone, available for anyone who wants help with reading and writing, for example understanding health information, helping kids with schoolwork or filling out forms for social welfare benefit,”

“We can also help with basic digital support like accessing the kids’ homework online or your classes online, as we know it can be a little daunting.

“All you have to do is ring us on our Freephone 1800 20 20 65 or Freetext LEARN to 50050 and we will ring you back and set a time for one of our tutors to help you.”

“We can work with you over the telephone, through the post or online.”

“Our tutor phone service and online learning are available for anyone who needs it. Perhaps you want to get better at maths to help your children with their homework? Or maybe you want to improve your spelling to fill in forms?

“We design learning around you, your needs and your skills. Whatever the reason, the benefits are always the same. Not only will you improve your skills but you will also gain the confidence to learn new ones. And the great news is that it’s all free,” Dr Bailey said.

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