The Book Next Door
Australian ESL materials for adults and young adults
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

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

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

ESL Extras book covers

I got a lovely comment recently from a teacher asking which book follows Six Stories from Hope Street, so I thought I’d list the ESL Extras reading books in order of difficulty, starting from the easiest…   Prelim and literacy Welcome to Hope Street (Prelim) is a ‘prequel’ to the Hope Street stories, specifically for preliminary or literacy learners who are … Continue reading

2014 Jun 09

The Language Centre is going online

Again, you’ll know this if you’re on their mailing list, but the Language Centre premises in Leederville have been sold. This means that from 23 June, The Language Centre will no longer have a physical presence, but will be entirely online (or by phone/email) – still with the same level of experienced support from Annie Folk, however. It’s a tough time … Continue reading

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