Tools are a variety of didactic accessories that can be used within teaching and learning approaches. This includes multimedia tools such as videos, computer games and applications, as well as literacy and sports activities, real-life materials, handcraft and other workshops, etc.

An innovative approach

This collection of innovative tools represents relevant examples of tools that contribute to the development of life skills. The instrument for collection included several sections, which provide valuable information and ideas about the tools for potential users and also for analytical purposes. Special emphasis in the instrument was also placed on the description of applicability and the main benefits of the tools for learners, where the description is supported when possible by authentic quotations, photos, videos and products of adult learners.

To whom they are addressing to?

This selection of tools is designed to be of immediate use for informal learning providers and can be used as a basis for the development of further tools. The collection could also be used as a guideline for further research (i.e. on common transversal principles to be used in the EU for renovating adult education in the area of life skills) and as a concrete and immediately usable database of applicable and transferable ideas.

Are you an adult learning provider yourself? Want to test new tools or enrich and further expand your current practice? Check out the database below.


TypeTitleThemes and relevant capabilities Target groupLanguage
ToolEducational movies  about key competences (2012-2014)Key competences (literacy, digital, civic, personal and interpersonal)Vulnerable and marginalised groupsSL, (EN)
ToolBBC Skillswise (2002/2011)Numeracy, literacyAdultsEN
ToolCitizens’ Curriculum resources (2015-2017)Literacy, numeracy, ICT, health, civic, financialImmigrants, homeless and vulnerably housed adults; young adults; offenders/ex-offenders; people experiencing or recovering from alcohol or substance misuse; people with physical/mental health issues; vulnerable and marginalised groupsEN
ToolValue My Skills for Young Adult Carers (2014-2017)Personal and Interpersonal, health, civicYoung adult carers, could be tailored to support careers guidance for other target groupsEN
ToolDialogic Literary Gathering (1980)Civic, literacy, environmental, personal and interpersonalOpen to anyone, low socioeconomic background / low-skilled; children; teenagers;
young adults; families; adults, elderly people;
ToolVoices In Pictures project – picture databank (2013-2015)Literacy, civic, personal and interpersonalImmigrants and refugeesEN, FR, DE, ES
ToolI want to learn ( (2004)Numeracy, literacyLow socioeconomic background / low-skilled; autonomous learning tool for individuals, but can also be used as part of a courseDE
ToolI want to learn German ( (2011-2013)Literacy, personal and interpersonalAdult learners, Immigrants and refugees; Autonomous learning tool for individuals, but can also be used as part of a courseDE
ToolThe Real Game (1994/2012)Personal and interpersonal, civicTeenagersDA, NL, EN, FR, DE, EL, HU
Toole-Reflect (e-Regenerated Freirean Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques) (2015-2017)Civic, digital, personal and interpersonalEducators working with school students, educators working with university student, educators working with adultsEN, EL
ToolNESSIEPersonal and interpersonalDisadvantaged groups, vulnerable and marginalised groupsNL, EN, DE, EL, IT, RO, SE
ToolUs & Them (2015-2017)Civic, personal and interpersonalEducators working with adultsEN
ToolThe Competence Game (2014)Civic, personal and interpersonalAdult learners, educators working with adult, guidance counsellorsDA, EN
ToolBoard of Overview (2013)Civic, personal and interpersonalAdult learners, young vulnerable adultsAny
ToolValue-cards and drawings (2012)Civic, health, personal and interpersonalAdult learners; school students from lower and upper secondary educationAny