Literacy Network is introducing a “Quote of the Month”! It will be posted on the door of the Literacy Network office, and also posted on the website for everyone to enjoy each month. The brainchild of one of our wonderful committee members, posting the quote on the office door aims to encourage people to linger and read all the other notices posted on the door!
The inaugural quote of the month is:
I find television very educating.
Every time somebody turns on the set,
I go into the other room and read a book. (Groucho Marx)
Literacy Network Office Move, April 2015
Due to the redevelopment of the Royal Far West complex in Manly, we have moved to a new office in the Northern Beaches Community College’s Brookvale Campus building.
Our new address is:
14 William Street
Brookvale NSW 2100
Our mailing address remains unchanged:
The Literacy Network
PO Box 232
Limited duration parking is available outside the building in William Street.
Approximately 300m further along William Street away from the Pittwater Road there are no parking restrictions.
3 hours free parking is available in Warringah Mall across the Pittwater Road from the NBCC building.
For the Google maps link to our new location, please click here.
NALA is the National Adult Literacy Agency of Ireland, which is why there are Gaelic translations of key words and phrases. Some resources are ‘members only’, but the Reading and Writing Worksheets are free and can be printed via the print icon, and all exercises are in English!
Click here to access the worksheets.
100 years ago…
As the centenary of the original Anzac day approaches, there will be much in the printed media and online for students to read and understand why April 25 has such significance for Australians (and New Zealanders!). For the Breaking News English article on Anzac Day, click here. There are, of course, other dates worth a mention in April. On a much lighter note, there is ‘No Housework Day’ (click here)
Time4writing is a free resource for tutors of adult literacy: click here to go to the website. Each topic comes with a video presentation plus a PowerPoint (slide) presentation explaining what it is, as well as worksheets to print and online games to play. The website is very easy to navigate and all resources are freely available with a simple click of the mouse.
February is a busy month for events which come with a lot of reading material, from the serious to the fanciful. Valentine’s Day (February 14th) is probably the most well-known and commercially celebrated date in February, with numerous articles available online (click here for one with cloze tests, comprehension and spelling exercises).
Chinese New Year’s day falls on February 19th in 2015 and again, there are numerous articles online (click here for the Sydney website for Chinese New Year’s celebrations). 2015 is the year of the goat, also known as the year of the sheep and/or the ram, and there is plenty of reading material available via Google.
World Cancer Day falls on February 4th (click here for a link) as does Pancake (Shrove) Tuesday (click here). ‘Darwin Day’ – celebrating Charles Darwin and his contributions to science and the study of evolution – falls on February 12th (click here). On a much less serious note, National Tooth Fairy Day falls on February 28th (click here to find out all about it).
Australia Day falls on January 26th each year, and it’s a national public holiday. Google ‘Australia Day’ and you’ll find numerous articles on its history, significance and how people celebrate it; you will also find a wealth of information on the official Australia Day website here.
You might also like to google ‘Australiana’. What student wouldn’t want to know more about football, meat pies, kangaroos, Holden cars, Hills hoists, lamingtons, Anzac biscuits – and Vegemite? (Although he/she might not like the taste of that last one…)
Wishing all our tutors and students a very Happy New Year, and all the very best for 2015. May it be a rewarding and productive year for everyone. For an article on New Year Resolutions – and how hard it is for most of us to keep them! – click here.
This resource comes to us via Literacy Network‘s President. Spell it right – click here for the link – aims to assist teachers/tutors in helping their students become more confident with their spelling – and quite possibly tutors, too! There are free printable worksheets as well as games, puzzles and quizzes (most are aimed at adult level and some of the word games are quite challenging.) Prefixes, suffixes, those wonderful -ibles, -ables, -icals, -icles and -acles are all there, plus loads more tricky letter combinations as well as lots of tips, all clearly set out and accessible at the click of a mouse. This resource is well worth exploring and is also accessible via the drop down menu on the LN homepage, under Tutor Resources..