If you don't believe me, then think about this: I'm writing a blog on a computer. Computers were around when I was at school, but they were very big, very expensive and not very fast. Blogs hadn't been invented and if you made a typing mistake, then you either had to start all-over again, or use correction tape. Thank goodness I continued to learn new things.
For those of you who would like to learn something new, Then Adult Learners’ Week / He Tangata Mātauranga is for you. It is supported by UNESCO, the Tertiary Education Commission, and adult education course providers. It takes place from Monday 5 September to Sunday 11 September. It includes International Literacy Day which is held on 8 September.
Lifelong learning not only teaches you new skills, it helps keep the "little grey cells" active and is a way of meeting new people. Our website can connect you with e-resources, books and courses. There will be something just right for you.
To get yourself started, You will find English language skills collection material in our libraries. This collection includes resources for both people with literacy difficulties and their tutors. We also have Simplified readers. These books are popular titles that have been re-written to cater for people with different levels of reading ability.
When you can't get to the library to borrow books, try our eResources. You can access these from home with your library card and password / PIN
- Road to IELTS: General Access a self-study preparation course to help candidates prepare for the globally recognised IELTS exam. It tests English use at a general level.
- World Book Discover World Book Discover offers access to reference resources for reluctant readers, students with learning difficulties, adult literacy students or those who are learning English as a second language.
For more handy hints, check the following, which you'll also find on our Adult Learners' Week page -
- Find education providers and groups in our community directory CINCH;
- Research using free access to computers and the internet;
- Browse our lifelong learning page;
- Improve your library and online service knowledge with our key skills page;
- Discover the full range of library services;
- Explore a world of knowledge at your fingertips through our eResources collection of encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers and other reference sources.