Teaching and writing materials for migrant learners in Australia

All the teachers-turned-publishers whose resources we’ve loved over the years… Self-publishing is not for the faint-hearted. There’s more to it than creative fun, and there’s always the risk that it will become an expensive hobby, rather than a business. Yet teachers still do it, creating the resources they long for – but can’t find. In this post, I want to … 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 Jun 01

New: ESL Word Search Plus: Post-Beginner

Cover of the Teachers Pay Teachers version of ESL Word Search Plus

Announcing a second book of word search puzzles: ESL Word Search Plus: Post-Beginner. Why puzzles? Well, many of us have discovered the calming nature of activities that need focus plus a certain level of repetition: jigsaws, knitting, puzzles of any kind – and word puzzles have extra value for our students because they require focus on the composition of words.  … Continue reading

2017 Sep 12

Lesley Cioccarelli and the ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group

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

Last week I was looking at the AMES Australia online bookshop and realised they had a new FREE-to-download publication: Lily the Volunteer: an introduction to volunteering for CALD volunteers. That title is self-explanatory – the resource is all about ‘Lily’s’ foray into volunteering. It’s at post-beginner level, and the five units are: Getting Started, Making Contact, First Day, Overcoming Obstacles … Continue reading

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