Teaching and writing materials for migrant learners in Australia
2019 Jul 03

Workwise English Quizzes: some more ‘extra’ English

Cover for Workwise English Quizzes

Workwise English Quizzes: mp4 videos on USB The latest ‘ESL Extras’ product isn’t a book – it’s Workwise English Quizzes. This is a set of 20 short quizzes – created as Keynote slideshows, then saved as mp4 videos. The questions all have a ‘workwise’ context, though they’re also ‘useful English’ for any new arrival. To give students enough reading and discussion … Continue reading

Helga Burry with her new book: Let's Connect: An Australian ESL Grammar Workbook Book 2

Back in 2016, I talked to Helga Burry about her first book: Let’s Connect: An Australian ESL Grammar Workbook.  It’s been a little wait, but at last, Let’s Connect: Book 2 has just come out, so I thought I’d interview Helga and ask her about the new book. (Full disclosure: I saw a draft during her writing process, but only saw … Continue reading

Rosalie (standing) and the Reading Circle participants in the library

I love the idea of ‘Book Club’ for English language learners, but I know that joining a mainstream book club is a long way off for many new arrivals. So I was excited to hear that Rosalie Foss had written a whole dissertation on the concept of EAL/D book clubs in public libraries, and run a pilot program at the … Continue reading

2019 Jan 28

Reading for ‘fun’ – and some free-for-now e-books

Summer reading special

Summer reading special – until 28 Feb, three ESL Easy-Read e-books are free to download – and I’ve just finished some Book Club questions. Continue reading

2018 Nov 12

Reflections on being a language learner

Sign in Greek

I wrote last time about my experience of volunteering in Greece; part of the excitement was living in a country with an unfamiliar language AND script. I knew I wouldn’t learn much Greek, but was hoping to put myself in the position of  some of my learners, when they encounter the English script for the first time. Of course, in some … Continue reading

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