Aontas Star award nomination: CDETB Coolock Darndale ALS

Congratulations to ALO Fionnuala Carter and the Coolock Darndale Adult Literacy Service on their nomination for an Aontas Star award. Their website is not only a great place for learner voice expression, but also has been a great resource as they negotiate the closures during Covid-19. Congratulations and best of luck!

See the website here: http://www.coolockals.ie/


The ALOA submission on the ALNDS Strategy

The ALOA thanks their regional membership for their input into our submission on the Adult Literacy, Numeracy & Digital Skills Strategy. The submission will be circulated through the regions next month.




Get Connected with KWETB!

KWETB recently rolled out the Get Connected programme! Offering a webinar invitation across ETBs, it was well attended and had very positive feedback from tutors in attendance. See all links to resources below.

Link to tutor resource here:https://view.genial.ly/5ef9f0605bbf600d7ea18a08

Link to learner site here:


Link to the tutor notes: file:///C:/Users/Gwen/AppData/Local/Packages/microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe/LocalState/Files/S0/4/Attachments/Get%20Connected%20Tutor%20Notes%2023.07[10995].pdf


Farewell Alison

The ALOA executive would like to thank Alison Jones for her incredible work on behalf of the ALOs, and adult literacy in Ireland, as she steps down. She has chaired the group with great leadership and good humour over the years. It has been a pleasure to work with you Alison! She leaves the executive in the safe hands of Chair Kevin Kelly (GRETB) and Vice Chair Ceinwen Fergus (CMETB). Plenty of work to do and the new executive look forward to supporting them as they take up their roles.

GRETB ESOL resources

GRETB have developed a youtube playlist and books series for ESOL learners

Visit the playlists here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuCex-1C8uek1_lkoKZ3i5Q

Books in the series include:

  • A song I like
  • Coming to Ireland levels A1/ A2 and B1/B2
  • Recipes from around the World
  • English Idioms
  • Where I’m from
  • Fifty Word stories
  • Tips for Learning English

Learn Online with TETB


Learn Online is a resource to support reading, writing, listening, comprehension and vocabulary development.


Literacy on the Loose

LCETB were involved in the recent Literacy on the Loose seminar with Trinity College Dublin. Check out their contribution ‘Literacy on the Television’ here:

Keeping in Touch with Learners – CDETB Ballyfermot

Like many Adult Literacy Organisers around the country Siobhan and the tutoring team in Ballyfermot in Dublin City are getting creative to keep in touch with learners during the Covid19 closures.  This magazine has been distributed to all learners to help keep in touch and work on skills during this time.

Click below to read the magazine

CDETB AES Ballyfermot Magazine March 2020 (1)

ALOs have been busy!

These extraordinary times have called for extraordinary responses and ALOs and tutors around the country have stepped up to meet the challenge. Here is a snapshot of all the ways in which we have been engaging with our learners, and some observations and challenges experienced by all of us during this time. This has been a solution driven, positive response with a huge array of methods of communication and delivery on show. A big thank you to all of you involved in this. We will post some links to resources shortly.

Here’s a summary of the main engagement: