Teaching and writing materials for migrant learners in Australia

THIS POST IS OUT OF DATE: UPDATED IN NOV 2023!   In my last interview with Natalie Nawrocki  (Kim Loves Life) I thought how great it was to be able to say, ‘This is a free ESL resource’. Now I know as well as you do that I can search online for ‘free ESL resources’ and find a gazillion worksheets. … Continue reading

Picture of Anita and Natalie, with a copy of 'Kim Loves LIfe'

Natalie Nawrocki is another ESL teacher-and-writer; when I first met her at a conference, she said she was ‘working on something’. I now know that the ‘something’ was Kim Loves Life, a free-to-download reader and workbook, available on the Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services (DC&ES) website. Kim Loves Life was ‘inspired by one woman’s experience of breast cancer and getting treatment’. … Continue reading

2017 Sep 25

The Sea, The Sea! A new Australian ESOL resource

Hazel with her new book, The Sea

In this post, I talk to Hazel Davidson about The Sea, in the sea, on the sea, at the seaside. This is the new book from Sugarbag on Damper, written by Hazel and Dorothy Court (with input from many, many people). I met up with Hazel in Mackay, at the QATESOL/QCAL regional mini-conference (which she was instrumental in setting up!), where … Continue reading

2016 Jun 06

Dyslexia and ESOL teaching: post-MOOC musings

Certificate from FutureLearn course

I scrambled my way through the last two weeks of Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching – late with my assignment, very aware of what it means to add study to an already busy life. Each small section invited reflection and comment – and as I mentioned in my thoughts from week 1, sometimes there would be more than 400 comments to … Continue reading

2015 Sep 20

My job really is the best…

Front cover of My Job is the Best

My Job is the Best: a new ESL Extras title I have a new ESL Extras book out, but this time it’s a free download. My Job is the Best is another very simple set of Australian ‘stories’ about different Hope Street characters. It has an illustrated, very simple story, with ‘cut-up’ pages, exercises and teacher/tutor notes, like the other books … Continue reading

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