FETAC Awards Presented by Roddy Doyle

19th February 2008

 45 IILT learners received their FETAC awards from celebrated writer Roddy Doyle in a ceremony in Dublin’s city centre. 

FETAC awards were presented at Levels 3, 4 and 5 for learning English as a Second Language (ESOL) as well as for Computer Literacy and Preparation for Work, as part of IILT's English for Living and Working in Ireland programme. 

Learners came from IILT's centres in Blanchardstown, Balbriggan, Galway, Waterford, Sligo and Mullingar, as well as from Dublin city centre to receive their awards.  

To the delight of all who had worked so hard to gain fluency in English, Roddy Doyle gave tongue-in-cheek thanks to the English for invading the country, and giving their language to us here in Ireland!   

Professor David Little, Director of IILT gave some histories of former IILT students who had gone on to build lives and careers in Ireland, having overcome the language barrier. He noted that learners had attained a total of 640 FETAC awards in 2007, including 109 at ESOL Level 5, the threshold level for entering mainstream education or training.

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