THIS POST IS OUT OF DATE: UPDATED IN NOV 2023!
In my last interview with Natalie Nawrocki (Kim Loves Life) I thought how great it was to be able to say, ‘This is a free ESL resource’.
Now I know as well as you do that I can search online for ‘free ESL resources’ and find a gazillion worksheets. However, I’m talking here about free Aussie resources, because I think that – at lower levels especially – it’s so important for learners to get local information and culture, as well as language.
So I’ll update my resources-for-adult-learners list and hope that other people can add to it! I know that links are prone to change – so updates are welcome too.
Reading books: beginner – to download
- Kim Loves Life: health issues reading book at ‘beginner up’ level, with teacher’s workbook and resources at higher levels.
- Welcome to the Library: also from Djerriwarrh with Melton City Council: it’s a reader and rap song
- My own book: My Job is the Best: reader, cut-ups, worksheets, teacher notes
- Stay safe readers: beginner literacy readers about Home Safety, on the old NCELTR website
Reading books: beginner – to read online
- Karen Barber’s Bad Hair Day series – now on Youtube, with page turning and audio.
- MOOEC: Beach Safety (based on the TELLS Safety at the Beach reading book)
- Namaste book series from TCAL: six stories by refugees from different countries, now living in Australia. Download as pdf, epub or mobi.
Teaching resources: all levels
- Home Tutor resource packs: for volunteer tutors, with resources and teaching tips at four levels
Teaching resources: post-beginner to intermediate
From AMES NSW (now on the VETRES site): four resources
- Fire Safety
- Calling an Ambulance
- Beach Safety
- Understanding good health
- Digital Literacy for Mobile Phones resource kit
- Lily the Volunteer (great for pre-employment students)
- What’s the law? kit: find out about it here, but contact your local legal aid centre to get the free DVD.
- Work at it: Podcasts on jobseeking and career planning
- Career Development Skills for CALD Learners kit: “a free kit to support the delivery of an integrated career development program to adult EAL students at a pre-intermediate level of English in conjunction with their English language program.” (Thanks, Lesley Cioccarelli, for this update – I’d missed it!)
Training materials from AMES Australia, for teachers/RTOs:
- Engage respectfully with young people from a refugee background
- Working with refugees and bicultural work with refugees
- ABC Everyday English and higher level resources
Self-study for learners
- AMEP Online: an less-than-appealing interface (and may be confusing on a phone), but great content (from the old Navitas Distance Learning program)
- MOOEC has a huge number of IELTS prep and academic level courses, and some more vocational ones, like Sun safety – ideal for would-be child care workers
- So not really for adults, but a good list at the Australian Government site, including Behind the News.
What have I missed? Please, if you know if more free Australian ESL resources aimed at adult learners, let me know!!