New resources 2017

As a result of some restructuring and renovation, Dee Why Library has disposed of some of its print and digital resources. 

We were pleased to receive a substantial collection of  ‘talking books’ on a number of topics and covering a range of ability levels. If you are tutoring a student, these books with accompanying CDs may be useful. 

You can inspect them at the office in William St Brookvale or contact the coordinators for more information. 

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting of Literacy Network Manly Warringah Inc. for the 12 months July 2016 to June 2017 will be held at 


Northern Beaches Community College 

Training Room 5 

William Street, Brookvale 


Saturday 26th August, 2017 at 10.00am. 



New In Our Library

Learning Practical Tibetan shows you how your Tibetan student’s own language works and what they might find difficult about English.tibetan bookExplore tenses, word order, honorifics, question forms, expressions of time,  all at a basic level. The book is based on tourist conversations.

tibetan text

This book isn’t for loan. Just photocopy what you need and have fun with your student.

Meeting for Tutors of Tibetan Students

On March 6 a small group of tutors supporting Tibetan beginner students met informally to share resources and ideas, following a meeting last year. We were encouraged and inspired by one another’s experiences with the challenges and fun of teaching beginners. Next time we hope to meet with tutors of more advanced Tibetan students to share ideas. Thank you to all those who were able to attend.

Literacy Network’s Library Reviews

Resources for teachers! We’d love to have your reviews! Would also love your feedback on my reviews. – Lynsey

Level Review Stars
Roundabout1992. Mind maps and questionnaires for fluency practice Culture and Language Post BeginnerAnd above My Favourite, My Pet, My Photos, Eating Out, Leisure.  Questions and openers for discussing a variety of real life interests and experiences. Good for speaking and writing. ****
Good, Better, Best 1AMES 2008Beginner Grammar Resource Grammar Beginners – intermediate Practice exercises in basic grammar for adults. Relevant, concise, well-laid out. Cute  little line drawings. Conventional grammar terms explained.My student pounced on the practical exercises on directions. *****
32 magnetic lower case letters Literacy Beginners ESL/“dyslexia” Very useful for multisensory learning *****
The Numeracy Pack Bk 1 Numeracy Beginners and up From counting to factors. May be useful as practice material for The Khan Academy. **
North Star Focus on Reading and Writing2002 Readers Post Beginner Adult interests, some rather esoteric.. “Antiques Roadshow”, “Going Out of Business”, Charles Lindbergh, Keith Haring, multiple births. ***
Shop till You Drop2001 AMES Readers Beginners Stories with exercises . Adult stories about shopping experiences as a new arrival. ****
When Things Go Wrong2001 AMES Readers Intermediate Stories with exercises .Useful information contained in stories of getting lost, road accidents, sudden sickness. ****
Places Called Home1997 Readers Advanced Memories of home inAustraliaand other countries (mainly European). A good stimulus for writing about home? ****
Very Easy True Stories. A picture-based first reader Readers Beginners Moves methodically from cartoons to print text to exercises. A pity the stories themselves are more suitable for primary school than adults. **
Untangling the Web2006. AMES Technology Native speakers. Intermediate ESL with support. “Browsing the Web, Searching for Information, Using Email.” Coloured screen shots, activities. Helps students get the vocab so that they can use the internet in English. Great resource. *****



It was good to see one of our Literacy Network members in the news recently supporting healthy eating on the Northern Beaches.

Join in fitness fun

Health program to benefit children and parents

A FREE, 10-week healthy lifestyle program that children can do with their parents is starting at North Narrabeen next week.

Manly Vale’s Geiselle Rincon did the program with her son Santiago, 9. Picture: Annika EnderborgThe Go4Fun program teaches eligible children, aged 7-13 about exercise and nutrition. Their parents also attend and learn how to help their children become healthier.

It will run every Tuesday, from 4.30-6.30pm, at the Pittwater Sports Centre.

Spokesman Jonathon Noyes said the program used games, sport and fun interactive activities.

“We’ve tried to make the program as convenient as possible for parents, who may be concerned about the eating habits and fitness of their children, but are not really sure what steps to take towards a healthier lifestyle,” Mr Noyes said.

Manly Vale resident Geiselle Rincon loved the program which she did with her nine-year-old son, Santiago,

“My son has started to choose healthier food for himself and has started reading the labels at the supermarket,” Ms Rincon said.

For more details, phone Go4Fun on 1800 780 900 or go to

Many thanks to the Manly Daily, 23 April 2016


Information update on local ESL and conversations classes


Literacy Network has received the following information about ESL classes as well as conversation classes in our local area.

*ST MATHEWS – The Corso Manly (9977 6249)

ESL classes on Mondays 9:20-11:30am ( Fees $20 per term – concessions available)
Conversation classes – all levels – Thursdays 5:45-7:00pm

*COMMUNITY CONNECT : 30 Fisher Rd, Dee Why (9982 6985)

Classes suited to Chinese students, Mondays 10am-12pm
Beginners on Mondays 2:30-3:30pm
Conversation on Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm

* BROOKVALE COMMUNITY CENTRE ( Pat Duggan 0427 538 646)

Conversation classes on Tuesdays at 2pm

Article on Literacy Network in the Manly Daily

Service makes real impact on literacy

THIS year marks the 30th anniversary of the Literacy Network Manly Warringah.

Students and tutors benefit from working with each other.The service has existed to assist adults who experience difficulty with English.

Lit Net is a community based organisation that trains volunteer tutors to help native speakers, as well as those with migrant backgrounds, improve their English language skills.

“After tutors have completed an eight-week training program, they are matched with students with whom they work on a oneto-one basis,” co-director Amanda McDougall said.

“Tutors and students meet weekly for up to two hours in students’ homes, in a library or at the Lit Net office,” she said.

She said tutors, as well as students, came from a variety of backgrounds.

“They bring wonderful life experiences to Lit Net,” she said.

Mrs McDougall said many students arrived in Australia with a limited educational background. “The aim is to help as many people as possible with literacy,” she said.

There are still a number of students waiting to be matched to tutors.

The next training session for tutors begins Tuesday April 5 and runs every Tuesday until May 24, 10am to 12.30pm in Brookvale.

Details: 0405 313 986.


Many thanks to the Manly Daily.

Our first get together for 2016

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Happy to New Year to all our members. Hope 2016 has started well for you. The committee has met and is planning events for the year.

1.Literacy Network get-together
Date: Sat  13 Feb 2016
Time: 10am -12 noon
Venue: Level 1,  14 William St, Brookvale

Come and share morning tea and discuss your experiences with other tutors.
We will hear about some of the English classes our students attend at TAFE and in community centres.
Please RSVP by Thurs 11 February.
0405 313 986

2. Tutor training
Tuesdays 5th April to 24th May for 8 weeks
10 – 12.30pm
Level 1/ 14 William St Brookvale
If you know people who might be interested, please refer them.

3 Office roster
The office is open on Mon and Thurs mornings for about two hours.
We are looking for more volunteers.
Please email us, or phone Robyn 0421 339 187,  or Amanda 0418 498 551  if you are willing to be on the roster.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 13 February at 10am.

Amanda McDougall
Robyn Smith