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Australian ESL materials for adults and young adults
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

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

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