Introducing a new resource: Time4writing

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 – a busy month for reading material!

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).


Happy Australia Day!

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…)

Happy New Year!

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. 

New resource: Spell it right

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..

Our Christmas party – Friday, December 12


Christmas 2014 is approaching fast!
To celebrate another year with Literacy Network, please come and join us for a drink and some snacks.

4pm-6pm, Friday December 12th

Literacy Network Office
18 Wentworth St, Manly

Please RSVP by the 5th December to let us know if you are able to join us.


Thank you.

The Literacy Network Committee



November 19, WTD (World Toilet Day)

After the historical gravitas of Armistice Day comes World Toilet Day on November 19. For an easy to read article and exercises on WTD, go to the Breaking News English website and click on Holiday Lessons (right hand column of the home page under ‘Sean’s Other Sites’). To see how the pictured ‘enthroned’ version of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ came to be, click on SEE ALL OTHER LESSONS at the bottom (no pun intended) of the most recent  news articles on the homepage of Breaking News English. Then scroll down to the list of years and months revealed to click on Nov 2012. The article on South Korea’s Toilet Theme Park is under  11/11/2012. To see more images of the scupltures created for display at this unusual park, google “images for Toilet Theme Park” and prepare to be amazed. Or amused, or horrified… There is, however, an underlying serious theme: the link between hygiene and health, and humour is a great way to share this message.

Armistice Day, November 11

In Australia, we celebrate Armistice Day by, among other things, observing a minute’s silence ‘at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’. You’ll find an easy-to-read article on Armistice Day via the Breaking News English Website by clicking on the ESL Holiday Lessons link, right hand column on the homepage.