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

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

2019 Jul 03

Workwise English Quizzes: some more ‘extra’ English

Cover for Workwise English Quizzes

Workwise English Quizzes: mp4 videos on USB The latest ‘ESL Extras’ product isn’t a book – it’s Workwise English Quizzes. This is a set of 20 short quizzes – created as Keynote slideshows, then saved as mp4 videos. The questions all have a ‘workwise’ context, though they’re also ‘useful English’ for any new arrival. To give students enough reading and discussion … Continue reading

Helga Burry with her new book: Let's Connect: An Australian ESL Grammar Workbook Book 2

Back in 2016, I talked to Helga Burry about her first book: Let’s Connect: An Australian ESL Grammar Workbook.  It’s been a little wait, but at last, Let’s Connect: Book 2 has just come out, so I thought I’d interview Helga and ask her about the new book. (Full disclosure: I saw a draft during her writing process, but only saw … Continue reading

2017 Jun 18

Real Grammar: a chat with Carl Eldridge

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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