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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

I just got permission to share two book reviews from QATESOL, for Maybe Next Year and Six Stories from Hope Street. Thanks so much to the reviewers, Mary Tibben and Su Murgatroyd, for the time they spent on this – and to QATESOL. Reviews are so important: they alert teachers and librarians to new materials, or remind them of who … Continue reading

How do ESL Extras support pre-employment English? This is a question I expect to have to answer, with the new AMEP contract coming soon – and of course it’s already an issue for anyone who teaches on the SEE program. (For anyone outside Australia reading this, these are national government programs providing language and literacy training. The Adult Migrant English … Continue reading

I had an illuminating session recently talking to some CSWE teachers – both those who’ve been using ESL Extras and those who’d just heard of them. One of the things we talked about was why students might be motivated to read, when there are so many competing demands on their time… So what would make reading of value? I know … Continue reading

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