Teaching and writing materials for migrant learners in Australia
Hazel with her new book, The Sea

In this post, I talk to Hazel Davidson about The Sea, in the sea, on the sea, at the seaside. This is the new book from Sugarbag on Damper, written by Hazel and Dorothy Court (with input from many, many people). I met up with Hazel in Mackay, at the QATESOL/QCAL regional mini-conference (which she was instrumental in setting up!), where … Continue reading

Lesley Cioccarelli

I was so pleased when the ACTA Adult ESOL Facebook group was set up, because I love to feel I know what’s going on, at a national level, but in a not-too-formal way. Lesley Cioccarelli (with Co-convenors Karen Barber and Elene Claire) was instrumental in this, and I’d hoped to attend her presentation on social media and professional development at … Continue reading

A big thanks here to ‘Samantha’, who got in touch to ask if she could have access to the Wandering Girl worksheets. I was puzzled, because I knew they were right here, on the site… until I checked myself and found out that the links were broken. Oops. So now the worksheets are back, and you can download them here. … Continue reading

Why am I so obsessed with puzzles? Last week I got back from the fabulous QATESOL/QCAL mini-conference in Mackay, where I had to admit that some of the things I claim for puzzles can be argued against too; I’ve been thinking more about this since then. Are puzzles really non-elitist? I say how much I like the universality of crosswords, … Continue reading

In this post, a chat about Real Grammar (out last year) with author Carl Eldridge: Carl, I know you were wanting to create something different from the usual grammar books. What has the reaction been to Real Grammar?

 The reaction has been great. Students tell me they finally understand how grammar works and can now make their own sentences with confidence. Which … Continue reading

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