Teaching and writing materials for migrant learners in Australia
2023 Sep 05

What’s new at ESL Reads? An interview with Lauren Piovesan

Lauren Piovesan ESL reads

How things change! Back in March 2022 I talked to Lauren Piovesan about her new readers. The stories offered terrific cultural and language support for learners with low literacy / refugee background, at four reading levels. She had so many plans and goals for her ESL Reads project, and such a lot has happened since then, including an expansion of her … 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


I just got home from Greece after a term away: I had three amazing weeks exploring and the rest teaching English as a volunteer in Athens. Other teachers have asked me about this, and I wanted to write about it. However, there are dozens of little agencies helping migrants/displaced people across Europe – all very different, and working in different … Continue reading

2016 Mar 06

CamTESOL – and how we think about local teachers of English

Cyclo ride in Phnom Penh

I turned up at the CamTESOL 2016 conference with my head buzzing with impressions from Angkor Wat, from the Landmine Museum, from a dusty bus trip to Phnom Penh, from a cyclo ride around the city. Still, I was relaxed; somehow I’d got the idea (perhaps based on the reminder not to wear a suit or high heels) that the … Continue reading

2012 May 12

Thoughts from the ESL bookroom

I’m hoping to connect with other ESL teachers and tutors, to talk about resources for ESL learners here in Australia (and about the writing of ESL resources, my particular passion). There’s been a little delay while I get my new materials completed, plus I’m trying to get my head around WordPress, but then I will start posting…

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