ALFIE – Alphabetisation of Immigrants to Europe

The ALFIE partnership gathered policy makers, researchers, teacher training institutions and training providers in the field of “alphabetization” (initial literacy) for adult immigrants.

The partnership aimed primarily at establishing a meeting place for the exchange of knowledge, experience, insights and practical models related to the initial literacy training of immigrants in Europe. Also, producing a list of recommendations that can further the quality and efficiency of initial literacy training was a major objective.

The partnership aspired to contribute to national and European policy through the project’s cooperation with the European Basic Skills Network, EBSN.

The ALFIE partners will explore themes like:

  • teachers’ professional development
  • pedagogical approaches
  • concrete didactic guidelines
  • different systems for assistance in mother language
  • organisational issues

The work took place in and between a series of five seminars, and was be disseminated through national networks and through cooperation with the EBSN.

ALFIE is a Learning Partnership within the Grundtvig / LLP programme.


  • Skills Norway, Norway (coordinator)
  • ACEFIR, Spain
  • Albeda College, the Netherlands
  •, Switzerland
  • University of Iceland, Iceland

Project period: 1 August 2011 - 31 July 2013


ALFIE website

Final report

Download the final report (PDF)