Teaching and writing materials for migrant learners in Australia
Bernard Miles with his new resource for beginner ESL students

You’ll know Bernard Miles from his ‘English Express’ workbook and website. His latest resource, ‘My Busy Day’ , is also for beginners, and it’s all about different jobs. When I tried ‘The Barista’ in my Course in EAL class, it was a perfect level! While some words were completely new for learners (like customer, serve, wipe), they picked them up really … Continue reading

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

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

Picture of Tori Wilson and her new LinkedIn group on Trauma-informed language teaching

When Victoria (Tori) Wilson invited me to join the ‘Trauma-informed adult TESOL International special interest group’ on LinkedIn, I knew I had to interview her, to find out more. I was not disappointed…this interview is long, but so worth your time. Tori, what got you interested in this area? I started teaching ELICOS at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in … Continue reading

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