Introducing another tutor resource

With thanks to Google search engine and Ron C. Lee PhD for the website, here is a new resource for tutors to explore!

All of the content on Dr Lee’s website is free to download and/or print (courtesy of some fairly annoying, pop-up advertising).

In the For Beginners section, you’ll find Super Easy Reading passages, plus audio and exercises, as well as Easy Reading passages and Easy Grammar exercises. Some of these are aimed at children, but not all – you’ll be able to tell by the listed titles/topic sentences.

In the For Intermediate Learners section, click on the English for ESL/EFL Intermediate Learners (1) and (2) for over 400 more short stories (again, titles are topic sentences) as well as audio and exercises for each story.

Note: This English as a Second Language resource website is US based, so the spelling is American as is quite a lot of the content.

Halloween is just around the corner…

All Hallows’ Eve, otherwise known as Halloween, is coming up on October 31. Whether people in Australia choose to celebrate it or not, most have at least heard of the day via a series of horror movies! Now widely celebrated  in the USA, the festival originated in the UK – it has both Celtic and Gaelic roots. For an easy-to-read article on Halloween, go to ESL Holiday Lessons on the Breaking News English Homepage, or click here.


Introducing another resource: English Language Partners New Zealand

Introducing a new resource: English Language Partners New Zealand

This organisation is the equivalent of the adult migrant home tutor program in Australia and its website is worth exploring. To do so, click here.


You’ll see a red ribbon tab running across the homepage below the organisation’s logo. Click on the first heading, LEARN ENGLISH and scroll down the drop down tab to the second last heading, WEBSITES FOR LEARNERS. I had trouble accessing quite a few of the sites listed – ‘page not found’/ ‘page redirect/reload’ responses – but found the ESL News New Zealand site both accessible and potentially very useful. It has some interesting articles (basic to intermediate levels of difficulty) plus podcasts, on a variety of topics. The most recent articles are listed on the right hand side of the page, as well as categories to explore with one easy click.


The second heading on the homepage tab, TEACH ENGLISH, has a list of TUTOR RESOURCES on its drop down menu that are also well worth exploring. You’ll find lots of worksheets on any number of topics, as well as useful pictures and some very practical suggestions.


Many thanks to Fiona Vatiliotis for bringing this website to LN’s attention.


Labour Day

Labour Day is fast approaching. Always celebrated in Australia on the first Monday in October, most people are happy to have a long weekend and don’t particularly care about the reasons behind this National Holiday. For those who would like to find out a little more about Labour Day, click here.

Spotlight on BBC Skillswise


BBC Skillswise offers a wealth of information, tips and exercises aimed at improving an adult’s literacy skills. It’s one of the links available under Tutor Resources, and it’s well worth a look.


Once you’ve accessed the website via the Tutor Resources link, click on the ‘English’ box to view the headings for all the resources – Fact Sheets and Work Sheets – available. (One small caution: since the origin of this resource is the UK, all videos feature people speaking with English accents.)


The beauty of BBC Skillswise as a resource is that it is suitable for absolute beginners as well as more advanced students. Each section – Reading, Writing, Spelling, Word Grammar, Sentence Grammar – has options from ‘Entry 1 & 2’ for beginners, to ‘Level 1’, described as an ‘essential level for many jobs’. At every level, there are Fact Sheets with clear explanations and tips, as well as Work Sheets for practice and reinforcement. All Fact Sheets and Work Sheets can be printed by clicking on the printer icon, top right hand corner of each Sheet.


If you can, take the time to really explore this resource. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Thank you to our sponsors!


Literacy Network is a not-for-profit organisation which helps adults learn to read and write. All our tutors are volunteers and we rely on sponsorship to continue our work in the Northern Beaches community. So it is with grateful thanks that we acknowledge the continuing help of our wonderful sponsors: Dee Why RSL, Pittwater RSL and Warringah Council

Thank you!


Father’s Day


Father’s Day is fast approaching (September 7) and there is a useful lesson on this special day in Breaking News English under Holiday Lessons. You won’t find it, however, in the September lessons, but under June 15. For those wondering why Australia (and New Zealand)  celebrate on a different day to the rest of the world, there doesn’t seem to be an answer – or at least not one that Google can find. What you will find via any search engine is a whole host of interesting articles on Father’s Day. Wishing all the fathers out there a very happy day on September 7!

Introducing another resource: English for Everyone


English for Everyone is a free resource for printable English Worksheets, and it’s well worth a look.


On the left of the Home page you’ll find an index of all the topics covered – quite an extensive list – with hundreds of worksheets available to download and print. If for some reason you’re unable to access the website via the link at the top of this post, the link is also available under ‘Tutor Resources’ via the Literacy Network Home page.

Report on Annual Tutor Seminar, June 2014

The annual Literacy Network Seminar took place on June 14, 2014, and twenty two of our tutors were able to attend.

As in the past, Jill Gavin, literacy tutor and past president, touched on  some of the grammar difficulties faced by our learners and gave valuable tips and insights on how we could help our students overcome them.

Rigzin Yuthok, settlement grant worker with the Tibetan community, provided some background information about the groups with whom some of our tutors are now working. The question and answer session with Rigzin was a highlight of the seminar.
As always, the seminar finished with small group discussions. Judging by the buzz in the room, the opportunity for tutors to share their experiences was greatly appreciated!

Many thanks to Liz, Robyn, Jill and Rigzin for such a productive and successful day, and to all the tutors who were able to attend.