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Welcome to Kerry ETB Adult Literacy and Basic Education website!

This website was developed at the request of adult literacy tutors in Kerry. This is a place for you to post resources that you are proud of and that have worked well for you. It is a place to search for new ideas and learn from others’ approaches. It is a place to revise and revisit what you learned on Initial Tutor Training. It is a place to help you prepare and continue you excellent teaching and learning practice.

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Read, Write and Spell

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Read, Write and Spell

Working on reading, writing and spelling is the primary reason learners come to us at Kerry Adult Literacy and Basic Education Service. It forms the core of our business, both in one to one and group tuition. To teach an adult in this setting takes considerable skill, and we take pride in the high quality of our tutors' work across the county.

Information Technology

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Information Technology

We teach a range of Information and Communication Skills (ICT) to adults who have literacy difficulties, in small friendly groups. We aim to encourage and support the learner who lacks confidence in this area, helping them to become part of our digital society. Our classes run from absolute beginner (often called Computers for the Terrified!) to QQI Level 3, across the county in a range of settings.

Family Learning

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Family Learning

Parents are a child's first, and most important, teachers. Family learning programmes encourage and support parents in this role, giving them some tips, tricks and tools to help support their child's development and learning. It also encourages them to work on their own literacy and numeracy skills.

Money & Numbers

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Money & Numbers

Numeracy is a vital skill in today's world. Where we might think of maths as consisting only of sums, fractions and decimals, it is broader than that. Our numeracy teaching has a firm link to everyday life, and includes concepts of shape and space, patterns, measurement, handling data and using numbers for day to day living like shopping, budgeting, cookery and sport.

English - ESOL

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ESOL

As part of the countywide response to learners' needs for tuition in English as a second language, the Kerry Adult Literacy and Basic Education Service offers free ESOL classes at beginners level across the county to unemployed adults and asylum seekers. Learners are referred to us by a number of partner agencies.

Tutor Training

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We offer initial tutor training for new volunteers every year as well as regular in service training courses, to extend your skills and keep them up to date.

Personal Development

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Personal Development

We run courses to help learners to get the best out of life, to start afresh, and to build their confidence. Courses may cover personal and interpersonal skills, making time for ourselves, community participation, consumer awareness, committee skills and a range of other areas.

Listening & Speaking

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Listening & Speaking

The ability to speak and listen effectively is one of the most fundamental of the literacy skills. With adults, it is often the least considered or identified when discussing ‘literacy’ issues, despite the fact that difficulties with speaking and listening have a profound effect on the way adults function in everyday life and in society as a whole.

Workplace Education

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Workplace Education

Skills for Work is a national workplace education programme aimed at providing training opportunities to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace. The initiative is funded by the Irish Government under the Department of Education and Skills, and delivered by the newly formed Education & Training Boards (ETB) across the country.

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Tutor training downloads

Tutor training downloads: NALA Guidelines For Good Adult Literacy Work – essential reading for anyone working in adult literacy Powerpoint presentations relating to previous training can be downloaded here below: What is...