I was driving home one evening when an ad came on the radio about the Dublin Adult Learning Centre. They just gave a phone number. I went home that evening. I thought about it. I was thinking what would I do when I left work. Then I thought about it again.
One week later I picked up the phone and gave them a ring. The girl was very nice. I told her about myself. I was not a good reader or writer or speller. She said to come along and have a chat with us. I said when. She said when it suits you, we are open every day except Saturday and Sunday.
I then went along two days later when I walked up the steps. I got butterflies in my tummy. The girl came over to me. She said her name is Colette. She had a lovely smile. Then she introduced me to Mary Maher Then Mary asked me to come in to her office. My inside shook like a leaf. We talked for a few minutes. Then she took a list of words out and asked me to read then. I was very nervous.
Then she said I will take you down to see Deirdre (tutor). There were other people there too. I sat down. The tutor gave me a pen and paper. I was really nervous. She sat down beside me and talked to me about the class. There is nothing to be worried about, she said.
It was the best thing I ever did going there. Now I am doing a computer class. There are lots of skills to pick up. I would recommend it to anyone because all the tutors are very nice. They are very good at their work.
Written by Martin, a student in DALC