Teaching and writing materials for migrant learners in Australia
2022 Mar 23

English for Swimming: a free (and fabulous) resource

Michelle Cowans and the English for Swimming book

English for Swimming! You’ve hopefully already seen the free-to-download resource, or read about Michelle Cowan’s work at Navitas Skilled Futures, creating an English for Swimming Program that anyone can use. It’s so accessible and appealing and the program was highly commended in the 2020 NSW Humanitarian Awards…and I was fortunate enough to be able to ask Michelle some questions about … Continue reading

2022 Mar 16

ESL Reads for young adult learners: an interview with Lauren Piovesan

Lauren Piosevan with her new reading books

New reading books for English language learners! This time they’re digital, ready-to-print books for young adult learners of English, based on author Lauren Piovesan’s work with low literacy, refugee background learners in schools. She’s also been an AMEP volunteer tutor, and you can see her awareness of issues that learners face in her books at eslreads.com Lauren, tell us what … Continue reading

2022 Feb 12

PRACE Pageturners: an interview with Anne Dunn

the three Pageturners writers with their work

I have my own set of ‘yellow Pageturners’, which I love so much – and of course we have all the colours in our college library. They are genuinely funny, they make me want to keep reading…and yet they’re so simple and accessible. So I was excited to be able to ask Anne Dunn, one of the team, some questions: … Continue reading

2021 Oct 20

NEW Australian resources: English Express Beginner Workbook!

Bernard Miles new ESOL resource English Express beginner workbook

I was excited to hear that Bernard Miles had finished his English Express Beginner Workbook – and that it’s in eBook format, printable, but also ready for any teaching online that we may ever have to do. It’s so gloriously visual and even comes with animated videos. (I can’t imagine how much work that has been.) I asked Bernard to … Continue reading

2020 Mar 09

New Australian EAL readers! May Street Stories…

Carmel Davies with her new books, May Street Stories

In this interview, I talk to Carmel Davies at Urban Lyrebirds about her new Australian reader series, May Street Stories. You may know Carmel’s Sing With Me! books (written with Sharon Duff), or have been to one of their workshops. It’s no surprise that she’s created these lively stories that lead very easily into conversation and roleplay… Carmel, what got you into … Continue reading

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