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Australian ESL materials for adults and young adults
2018 Nov 12

Workwise English Puzzles: one more review!

I know – my last post was a review of Workwise English Puzzles – and now, here’s another.  This time it’s the WATESOL Newsletter (October 2018), where Eva Law-Davis has written about Workwise English Puzzles, and I have some more ‘hooray’ thoughts: Not just SEE and AMEP… My first big ‘hooray’ is that she can see the value for EALD … Continue reading

2018 Aug 06

Workwise English Puzzles: A new review

Do reviews matter? Of course! As an author, it’s so affirming to think that what you create is actually working for learners and for teachers. Plus they really matter for librarians and other people who have to think hard about acquisitions. So hooray for reviewers; it’s quite a task to work your way through a book and offer a fair … Continue reading

2018 Apr 26

The Language Centre bookshop: now in North Perth!

Annie Folk at the Language Centre bookshop

There’s a sign ready to go up at Annie Folk’s new North Perth bookshop, “The Language Centre: Serving Perth since 1982.” That’s a lot of book-selling experience. I interviewed Annie back in 2013, but in 2014 she had to close down her Leederville bookshop (and go online only) with a month’s notice, when the premises were sold. She also had to … Continue reading

2018 Feb 21

It’s out! Workwise English Puzzles for ESOL/EAL learners

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

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