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Adult Literacy

The Corporate Social Responsibility Department of the Constance Hotels Group together with Constance Hospitality Academy offer free adult literacy courses to needy and poor people within the district of Flacq, Mauritius.

I created this website to help teachers of adult literacy program undertake their courses more easily and with all the resourses available for them on the net.

The page is still in creation and needs more contribution but with some more time, I hope that it will become a very resourful wpage for adult literacy taechers.

This is one of the classroom, where courses of adult literacy are given.

Here are some useful links for adult literacy teachers to obtain important resources for their courses:

If you want to buy some books on adult literacy programme, you can go directly to amazon website where all the books concerning adult literacy are displayed, follow this link:

Here is an interactive website, designed to enable teachers to search the literacy curriculum, investigate the links to appropriate guidance in Access for All and then save, store and/or print relevant sections in the notebook facility for use in learning plans, schemes of work or lesson plans. The website also features page numbers from the original documents for easy reference between the online and paper versions.follow this link:

Here is an interesting website that offers useful resources for teaching english language in adult literacy courses

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  • Adult and Community Learning Fund (ACLF)

The Adult and Community Learning Fund provided grants for voluntary and community organisations and local partnerships in England. There have been six bidding rounds since the fund was set up by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in 1998. In 2004 the fund was transferred to the Learning and Skills Council. More Website:

  • Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO)
  • Adult Learning Web Resources

A gateway website created in Aberdeen, with free educational resources for adult learners of all abilities. The site has a focus on Scotland. The site covers EAL/ESOL, Family Learning, ASL/Special Needs, Numeracy, Literacy, Scottish Writers & Scottish Politics. There are also links to BBC Skillswise programmes, STUC and TUC unionlearn links. Website:

  • Amity Reading Clubs

Amity is a voluntary organisation which provides one-to-one literacy tuition for adults with special learning difficulties, through three clubs operating in south east London. Volunteers are recuited and trained to support work with students. The website provides access to training materials. Contact: 61 Cedar Road, Sturry, Canterbury, Kent CT2 0JG. Telephone: 01227 711 012. Website:

  • Avanti Books

Avanti specialises in books for adult education and support for basic skills tuition. Contact: Avanti Books, Unit 9, The io Centre, Whittle Way, Arlington Business Park, Stevenage SG1 2BD. Tel: 01438 747000. Fax is 01438 74113. Website:

  • Basic Skills Agency (BSA)

The Basic Skills Agency is the national agency for literacy, numeracy and related skills for England and Wales. It is funded primarily by central government but is an independent organisation. It provides advice and support on developing high quality programmes to help children and adults improve their basic skills. Contact: Basic Skills Agency, Commonwealth House, 1 - 19 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1NU. Tel: 020 7405 4017. Fax: 020 7404 5038. Website:

  • The Observatory of basic skills- - includes information on policy, practice and research on literacy, numeracy and language across all age ranges.
  • The Basic Skills Agency Resource Centre is located at the Institute of Education in London is a reference-only collection of basic skills teaching materials for adults and young people. The library catalogue is available online via the website, visit
  • Since 2001 the Basic Skills Agency has overseen the Welsh Assembly Government’s National Basic Skills Strategy.

Contact: The Basic Skills Agency, PO Box 144, Rhyl LL22 8ZN. Tel: 0845 602 1654. Email: Website:

  • Birmingham Core Skills Partnership

This partnership exists as part of Birmingham's wider strategy to raise levels, and excede national targets, of literacy, numeracy and supporting IT skills. The partnership works through key groups, including pre-school children, schools, young adults, the unemployed, employers and volunteers. Contact: Birmingham Core Skills Partnership, 100 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1AE. Tel: 0121 248 8083. Website:

  • Cambridge Training and Development Ltd

Provides multimedia and paper resources for adult learners, including ESOL learners, aimed at improving language, literacy and numeracy. For more information visit: or call 01223 470480

  • Campaign for Learning

Campaign for Learning was launched in 1996 by RSA, with the aim of creating a 'learning society' in the UK in which everyone participates in education and training (both formal and informal) throughout their lives. The campaign promotes opportunities for and the benefits of lifelong learning through national awareness days, training and seminars, events and promotions. It organises Family Learning Week in October each year. Contact: Campaign for Learning, 19 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6EF. Tel: 020 7930 1111. Fax: 020 7930 1551. Website:

  • Centre for Excellence in Leadership

Established in 2003 as part of the Government's Success for All Strategy, to provide leaders and managers within the learning and skills sector with programmes and services to support them in leading their institutions. Contact: 3rd Floor, 10 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB: Tel: 0870 060 3278 Website:


Directgov is a government website that aims to provide easy access to information on a wide range of subjects from the government. An adult learning section helps people find out about courses and financial support for learning and is run by the University for Industry (UfI).

  • Educational Guidance Service for Adults, Northern Ireland (EGSA)

EGSA is an independent voluntary organisation and the main contact for adult basic education in Northern Ireland. Within its Essential Skills strand, it runs a referral and support service for adults wishing to improve their literacy and/or numeracy skills and provides support to help people access appropriate provision. It also provides awareness-raising training for both the public and private sector, holds a register of qualified tutors and provides support for the sector as a whole. Contact: EGSA 4th Floor, 40 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BA. Tel: 028 9024 4274. Email: Website:


The Engage Keys cartoon characters (a family of keys) are zipped pdf files from NIACE that are free to download and use as a way to engage adult learners.


FFORWM is the umbrella organisation for further education colleges in Wales. Contact: FFORWM, Quadrant Centre, Cardiff Business Park, Cardiff CF14 5WF Telephone: 029 2074 1800 Website:

  • Gatehouse Media Ltd

Publishes and distributes books and resources for use with adult literacy learners, including materials written by adult learners and suitable for beginner readers; talking stories on audio-cassette, interactive CD-Rom readers; and student worksheets. Contact: PO Box 965, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 9DE. Tel: 01925 267778 Email: Website:


The DfES's Get On campaign aims to help adults improve their literacy and numeracy. The website enables training providers and other partners to support the campaign. It is also for people who want to help friends and family members improve their basic skills. The Get On helpline, for information on courses, is 0800 100 900.


Grass Roots Press is the website of a Canadian publishing company that provides information and resources for adult literacy practitioners on adult basic education, youth and family literacy, workplace literacy, assessment and special educational needs. Grass Roots Press also conducts research and provides consulting services for the development of adult literacy programmes.

  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

The Higher Education Funding Council distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges in England. It aims to promote high quality education and research and to play a key role in ensuring accountability and promoting good practice. In partnership with the Department for Education and Skills, the HEFC funds the Aimhigher programme to encourage participation in higher education among young people from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds, ethnic minority communities and the disabled. Visit Contact: HEFCE, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD. Tel: 0117 931 7317.


The Key Skills in Context website aims to place the development of key skills at level three into contexts which are meaningful and realistic. The site is a thematically based, multi-media resource, providing students with an opportunity, through a series of tasks and activities, to collect evidence for their key skills portfolio.


The Key Skills Support Programme website is run on the behalf of the Quality Improvement Agency by the Learning and Skills Netwrok. It provides information and materials to help providers improve the quality of key skills provision for colleges, schools, work based learning and employers, adult learning, YOIs, PRUS and prison and probation.

  • Learndirect

National information service, developed by University for industry for the government, giving details of adult education courses available in your area. Launched in 2000, it has more than 800 learning centres in England and Wales and supports both individual learners and employers. Tel: 0800 100 900. Website: Learndirect Scotland: Tel: 0808 100 9000. Website:

  • Learning and Skills Council

The Learning and Skills Council operates via a network of 47 Local Learning and Skills Councils (LLSCs). The LSC is responsible for funding and advocacy of provision through further education sector colleges, school sixth forms, work-based training for young people, workforce development, adult and community learning, information, education business links, and advice and guidance for adults. Contact: Learning and Skills Council, Cheylesmore House, Quinton Road, Coventry CV1 2WT. Tel: 0845 019 4170. Email: Website:

  • Learning and Skills Network

In April 2006, the Learning and Skills Development Agency was renamed the Learning Skills Network. It continues its existing programmes, research, training and consultancy in post-16 education and training. Policy and strategy work will now be delivered by a separate body, the Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning (QIA). Contact: Learning and Skills Network, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS. Tel: 020 7297 9000. Website:

  • Learning Connections

Learning Connections, based at government agency Communities Scotland in the Community Regeneration division, is responsible for the development of adult literacy in Scotland, as well as wider community learning and development. The remit of the Literacies team is to support practitioners and managers across Scotland in implementing the recommendations set out in the report Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Scotland. Contact: Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HE. Telephone: 0131 313 0044 Website:

  • Learning from Experience Trust

The Learning from Experience Trust carries out research, training and development on practical approaches that enhance learning from experience. It holds conferences, workshops and study tours for professional development and publishes reports for individuals and institutions. LET also seeks to demonstrate the value of recognising learning from experience in different areas of peoples' lives, including employment, voluntary work and everyday life. Contact: The Learning from Experience Trust, Goldsmiths College, Deptford Town Hall, New Road, London SE14 6AE. Tel: 020 7919 7739. Email: Website:

  • Lifelong Learning UK

Lifelong Learning UK is the sector skills council for post-16 education and training, including the adult basic skills sector. It began operating in January 2005, taking over the role of the Further Education National Training Organisation. Through Standards Verification UK, a wholly owned subsidiary, it is responsible for the approval of adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL qualifications and can provide details of institutions currently running accredited courses. If you're interested in becoming an adult literacy or numeracy tutor, call the helpline for advice on qualifications and experience needed. Contact: Lifelong Learning UK, 4th Floor, 32 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4HJ. Tel: 020 7936 5700. Helpline: 020 7936 5798. Fax: 020 7332 9501. Email: Website:


The Literacy for Independent Living website is a Canadian site providing information on resources for teaching literacy to adults with disabilities.

  • Literacy Information and Communications System of the NIFL (LINCS)

LINCS is an electronic internet network that provides a single focal point for adult literacy resources, knowledge and experience from across the USA, and the world. It is hosted by the National Institute for Literacy (see below). Contact: National Institute for Literacy, 1775 I Street, N.W., Suite 730, Washington, DC 20006-2401, USA. Telephone: 202 233 2025. Fax: 202 233 2050. Website:

  • LLU+

LLU+ (Language and Literacy Unit+) is a consultancy and professional development centre for staff working in the areas of literacy, numeracy and English for speakers of other languages, with both adults and children. Further description and contact details

  • National Adult Literacy Agency, Ireland (NALA)

NALA is the coordinating, training and campaigning body for adult literacy work in Ireland. It aims to encourage the involvement of learners in all aspects of adult education; to develop training which will ensure high quality literacy provision; and to represent the views and interests of all participants to government departments and other concerned agencies. NALA's work includes providing training, working with students, promoting cooperation in literacy, providing a national referral and information service, giving access to a wide range of teaching and training materials, and raising public awareness. Contact: NALA, 76 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, Ireland. Email: Website:

  • National Association for Teaching English & Other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA)

NATECLA aims to advance the education and training of adults and young people over sixteen, whose first language is not English. Contact: NATECLA, South Birmingham College, Hall Green Campus, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8ES. Tel: 0121 688 8121. Fax: 0121 694 5062. Email: Website:

  • National Extension College

The National Extension College is a distance learning college that provides course materials, tuition and student advice services for a wide range of qualifications. Contact: National Extension College, Purbeck Road, Cambridge CB2 2HN. Website:

  • National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

NIACE works to promote the study and general advancement of adult continuing education, and to provide support to adult and potential learners in England and Wales. Contact: NIACE, Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP . Tel: 0116 204 4200. Website:

  • National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)

This American organisation provides an extensive network of information for adult literacy. Contact: NIFL, 1775 I Street, NW., Suite 730, Washington, DC 20006-2401. Website:

  • National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy The Network for workplace language, literacy and numeracy The Network for Workplace Language, Literacy and Numeracy (The Network) was established by Lancaster University but in 2008, after 15 years, it became an independent not-for-profit organisation. It aims to maximise networking opportunities for those delivering workplace language, literacy and numeracy, and provide advice, guidance and consultancy.

  • New Leaf Books

This is a community publishing project set up to publish and promote writing by people who not normally expect to see their words in print. New Leaf are dedicated to publishing books written by and for adults. They publish short, high-quality titles written by adults themselves. Contact: Anne Chester, New Leaf Books, 5 Wardley Road, Walton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 6JA Tel: 0798 424 1863 Website:


Next Step aims to provide face-to-face advice for potential adult learners, especially those over 20 yet to obtain post GCSE qualifications. Visit the website to find your local Next Step or call 0800 0931 700 to speak to an advisor. If you're not sure if you fit into this category call Learndirect who will be able to advise you on learning opportunities.


The Open Doors project (MLA Yorkshire) offers support, information and inspiration for museum, library and archive staff and Skills for Life practitioners. This website describes the ways in which museums, libraries and archives can work with Skills for Life learners, and the benefits that this type of partnership working can bring. You can access case studies, resources and a chance to get involved in the Open Doors network - a forum for museum, library and archive staff and Skills for Life professionals to meet and share best practice.

  • Protocol Professional

Provides opportunities for qualified teachers and skilled professionals to teach, lecture, assess and carry out internal verification in a range of organisations including local further education colleges. Adult literacy is one of the many subject areas it covers. Contact: Protocol Professional, Castle Quay, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 1FW. Tel: 0115 911 1177. Email: Website:

  • Quality Improvement Agency

The Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) has been set up to spark enthusiasm for innovation and excellence in the learning and skills sector. It aims to challenge those involved in teaching, learning and training to lift their performance and implement the government's reforms for learning and skills. The agency is a non-departmental public body. Contact: Friars House, Manor House Drive, Coventry CV1 2TE. Tel: 0870 1620 632 Website:

  • Quick Reads

Launched on World Book Day 2006, Quick Reads is a major initiative from leading publishers, booksellers and writers who have come together, as part of the World Book Day initiative, to publish short, fast-paced new books designed to encourage adult reluctant readers to get hooked on books. Quick Reads are written by celebrities plus some of the most famous authors of fiction and non-fiction. For more information about Quick Reads see or click here.


Read, Write, Plus is the website of the DfES's Skills for Life Strategy Unit, which is responsible for implementing the Skills for Life national strategy.

  • Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL)

RaPAL is an independent network of learners, teachers, managers and researchers in adult basic education and literacy across the post-16 sector. Established in 1985, it is supported by membership subscription only. Membership contact: Wendy Moss, The City Lit, Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LJ. Email: For other contacts, including RaPAL Journal, see the website:

  • Scottish Adult Learning Partnership

The Scottish Adult Learning Partnership (SALP) is a voluntary organisation created specifically to support and encourage adults who do not traditionally participate within the education system. It is a national partnership of adult learners and those who make provision for them, and is responsible for the coordination of a number of campaigns in Scotland, including Adult Learners' Week, Sign Up Now, Signed Up Yet?, Bite Sized, One Hour a Day for Learning, and Family Learning Week. Contact: Scottish Adult Learning Partnership, 22 Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JZ. Tel: 0131 220 5567. Website:


Skillswise is a BBC website developed in partnership with the Basic Skills Agency to provide online adult literacy and numeracy activities aimed at learners and their tutors. Skillswise is a free resource to support the national adult basic skills curriculum and tests.


The Skills for Life Network is an independent online news and information resource for Skills for Life professionals. The site offers a regular round-up of Skills for Life news, a calendar of Skills for Life events and training; a searchable knowledgebase of news, key documents and resources; and downloadable resources.


The Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults is a professional network that provides a focus and opportunities to meet for institutions, departments and individuals engaged in the education and training of adults or in research in the broad field of continuing education. Among its activities are conferences, meetings, publications, maintaining international links and developing special interest networks.


TALENT (training adult literacy, ESOL and numeracy teachers) is a website developed as part of a partnership project involving the boroughs and colleges of Tower Hamlets, City of London, Islington and Hackney and initially funded by the London Development Agency. It provides teaching materials, training, details of vacancies and professional development support.


Tutor Hunt aims to provide listings of all personal and private tutors in your local area. The listings cover primary, GCSE, A-Level and adult learners.

  • University for Industry (UfI)

The University for Industry is a public-private partnership which aims to boost the competitiveness of business and the employability of individuals. Working with businesses and education and training providers, it uses modern technologies to make learning available at a time and place to suit the learner - at home, in the workplace and through a national network of learning centres. Contact: Dearing House, 1 Young Street, Sheffield S1 4UP. Tel: 0114 291 5000 Website:

  • The Vital Link is a groundbreaking reader development and adult basic skills initiative run by The Reading Agency and the National Literacy Trust which aims to develop the role of libraries in supporting and motivating adults who are improving their literacy skills see

The Welsh Assembly Government's web portal for information on post-16 education and training for individuals, businesses, communities, and learning and research providers.

  • Workers Educational Association (WEA)

The WEA is the largest voluntary provider of adult education in the UK. It provides access to a wide range of educational opportunities, particularly for those who are socially, economically or educationally disadvantaged. The WEA is one national association in England and Scotland, organised into 13 districts in England and a Scottish association. There are separate WEAs in Northern Ireland, North Wales and South Wales. Contact: WEA, Temple House, 17 Victoria Park Square, London E2 9PB. Tel: 020 8983 1515. Fax: 020 8983 4840. Website: WEA North Wales. 33 College Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2AP. Tel: 01248 353254. Website: WEA South Wales. 11 Station Terrace, Cowbridge Road West, Ely, Cardiff CF5 4AA. Tel: 029 2055 2277. Website: WEA Scotland. Riddle Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PG. Tel 0131 2263456. Website: WEA Northern Ireland. 1-3 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast BT9 6AW. Tel: 028 9032 9718. Website: