Super ESL Word Search: vocabulary fun
Book news! I have a new word search book out, this time at Pre-Intermediate level, with extra challenges. As you know from previous posts, I am obsessed with word puzzle books. I know these aren’t everyone’s thing, but when I see displays in the newsagent, or puzzle books in the lunchroom, I wish I could offer a simplified version to … Continue reading
Digital ESL Extras now available!
Finally, the ESL Extras reading and puzzle book Teacher’s Guides are now available in downloadable pdf and mp3 licensed format. A big shout-out to Bernard Miles (from English Express), whose work inspired me to get this done, and to the UK librarian who asked for digital versions, making me realise I might have a bigger market than Australasia. Thank you! … Continue reading
The Language Centre bookshop: now in North Perth!
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
Carmelina and The Language People bookshop
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
Explaining ESL Extras: a video experiment
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