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Australian ESL materials for adults and young adults

ESL Easy Read e-books

ESL Easy Reads are easy-read e-books for new learners of English (or for anyone who wants an easy read)

The English Chip

Original fiction, intermediate level, Australian/British English

Charlie’s in Australia, studying English, but English is so hard. He just wants to have fun, not to study all day! Then he sees a notice: INSTANT ENGLISH! VOLUNTEER NEEDED.

Instant English? It all sounds so easy.

Soon Charlie is part of an experiment—but experiments can go wrong…

Blood Kind

Original fiction, intermediate level, Australian/British English

His name is Josh – or is that Ben? When you make fake passports and ID cards for a living, you need a few different names, right?

Ben doesn’t like people much, and he certainly doesn’t believe in kindness. Then he has an accident, gets a blood transfusion – and things begin to change.

Ben starts to feel kind, but that creates big problems in his life…

A Lady’s Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53

by Mrs Charles (Ellen) Clacy (non-fiction: abridged)

Twenty-year old Ellen Clacy and her brother travelled from England to the Australian goldfields at the start of the ‘gold rush’ in 1852, when thousands of people from around the world were arriving at the gold ‘diggings’.

This is a short, Easy-Read adaptation of Ellen Clacy’s best-selling book about her Australian adventures.

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