Adult Learners’ Week – a time to learn something new

If you think that learning is for children or for university students, then think again. Learning is for everyone and it is possible to teach ‘an old 0dog a new trick’.

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.

International Literacy Day celebrates the fact that literacy is a human right. The library has many tools which can help you improve literacy skills and those aimed at both students and tutors.

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 –

Road to IELTS: For those who need to practice, practice, practice

The IELTS exam is a globally recognised test used to establish English proficiency. There are two different exams:

Academic: Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate university or Institutions of Further Learning courses is based on the results of the academic test.  It is used at CPIT, Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury.

General: Focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace situations. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training  programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.

This is where we want to help! Library customers with their library card number and PIN can access the electronic resource Road to IELTS from home or in local libraries which allows you to:     

  • Practice IELTS listening tasks under timed conditions;
  • View videos of speaking tests, highlighting good practice;
  • Develop techniques and vocabulary for writing tasks;
  • Work on authentic texts for the reading test, simulating the real exam;
  • Develop vocabulary in areas commonly used in the IELTS exam.

Even if you don’t intend to sit either of these exams it is still a great way to improve your English skills if you are not a native speaker. Have a play and uncover the secrets to correct English usage.