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)
Reading books: post-beginner to intermediate level
- 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
From AMES Australia (Victoria):
- 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!!
6 responses to Australian ESL resources: What’s free?
Thanks so much Clare, this will be so useful to many people!
Thanks, Tina – I hope so!
Thanks so much Clare, will pass this list on to my teachers and hopefully help add to your list. Couldn’t agree more we need more Aussie content.
Thanks for that, Ann! Look forward to any additions. Yes, always looking for local content 🙂
Thanks for putting this together, Clare, it’s very useful.
One I couldn’t see on your list is:
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.” https://www.ames.net.au/ames-bookshop/career-development-skills-for-cald-learners
Oh, thanks for that, Lesley!!! Much appreciated!
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