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Australian ESL materials for adults and young adults
Workwise English Puzzles cover

Are you teaching a pre-employment English class, and looking for ways to review ‘workwise’ language? Workwise English Puzzles looks like a higher-level version of Extra Easy Puzzles, but as the name suggests, these photocopiable puzzles are all about pre-employment or starting a new job. It’s at Lower Intermediate to Intermediate level – aimed at learners who are either looking at … Continue reading

Carmelina Lanza-Volpe

Hooray for language bookshops! Last term I went to the QATESOL-QCAL ‘mini conference’, where I met Carmelina Lanza-Volpe for the first time (we’d spoken on the phone, but I’d never got to her Brisbane shop). She gave a great presentation on grammar, but also ran a scaled-down version of her bookshop, The Language People, in the foyer of the conference … Continue reading

The Garage Sale book and the Garage Sale Trail flyer

The Garage Sale Trail is happening on October 21/22 – an Australia-wide community event. So if you’re using the reading book The Garage Sale to practise the language of recounts, now could be a perfect time to link that reading with some community awareness. A confession – I actually hadn’t heard of the Garage Sale Trail before spotting the flyer at … Continue reading

Pre-employment English

AMEP teachers are a term into the new contract, with its key ‘pre-employment’ stream, so I thought this might be a good moment for a reminder of a few earlier posts on resources. I know that our SEE colleagues can access a host of VET/LLN resources (I’m thinking of listings like ACER), but for AMEP I know I am looking for … Continue reading

Can video offer a quick introduction when you can’t get to an ESL bookstore? I often get questions from teachers and volunteer tutors about the ESL Extras readers: I’m nowhere near a bookshop – what do the books look like? How do you use them? What are the levels, exactly? What’s this ‘Beginner B’? How does your prelim ‘literacy’ reader work? … Continue reading

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