Introducing Literacy Face to Face, a new resource for volunteer adult literacy tutors



Literacy Face to Face is a resource to assist volunteer adult literacy tutors and others who want to help someone improve their literacy. It can also be used to support the delivery of adult literacy tutor training.

You can learn more about the program, as well as download PDFs of the resources available, from the following link:


Newest tutors

Some tutors received their certificates of completion in the office on November 26, 2013.

The tutors in the photo are (from left):

Bela Takats

Vanessa MacArthur

Meg Corlette

Liz Leighton (educational coordinator)

David Hill.

Our End of Year function


End of year function/lunch for Literacy Network


Where: Terrey Hills Tavern


2 Aumuna Road (off Mona Vale Road)


Terrey Hills


When: Friday, 13th December, 2013, at 12.30 pm


All tutors and students are welcome!


A Reading Tree!


“We navigate the world with words”

"Fiction is a gateway drug to reading..."

‘Words are more important than they ever were: we navigate the world with words, and as the world slips onto the web, we need to follow, to communicate and to comprehend what we are reading…

Literacy is more important than ever it was, in this world of text and email, a world of written information. We need to read and write, we need global citizens who can read comfortably, comprehend what they are reading, understand nuance, and make themselves understood…’

So says Neil Gaiman, a British author, in his lecture on reading.

For the full transcript, or to watch and listen to his thoughtful lecture, please click on the link below:

Tutor story (with teacher resources included)

Image of volunteer tutor and student learning English skills

Image of volunteer tutor and student learning English skillsJ and I have managed 7 lessons since the end of July so we are at 14 lessons thus far. I have taken to bringing my iPad and we do most of our work online. There are 3 sites I like to use: : this site provides mini lessons with follow up quizzes. However it is often a bit of a search to find what you want because the lessons aren’t organised around themes. : this is a very large site and not necessarily made to work online. We use the worksheets online and then I either know the answer or we look up the answer key. I’ve liked the program corrections worksheets. : I go to the section ‘for teachers’ and then to ‘handouts’. This is a very well organised section and has all sorts of grammar worksheets that you can either print or do online. The only negative for me is that is not any mini lesson connected to the particular worksheet. So I often find I have to look up the ‘rules’/

J continues to read out loud to me because she is very keen on me correcting her pronunciation. It is also a good time to work on vocabulary. When she has written work for school we always go over that as well.”

(from Cheryl)


Report from our tutor Sarah

Report from our tutor Sarah

“All is going well with E., she is so much fun to have sessions with. I am tracking what I am doing with her and I have been trialling a few different things out – I hope you don’t mind. It is related to a unit I am doing in my Masters program at the moment based on student motivation.

I hope it will lead to a positive impact on her response to tasks in the sessions and her progression with the language. I want to see whether it will influence her ability to be self-confident and to complete more things on her won outside the sessions.

So far I think it is mainly a positive improvement from some of the initial sessions I started with her in the library – although it always takes time to get to know someone and to make the sessions focused around her interests and needs…”

Looking forward to more updates from Sarah

Tutor Training October 2013


Tutor training
Train as a volunteer tutor


The educational coordinators are currently working with 6 new members who will take on a new student after their training. They came to us by word of mouth, by referral from the Manly Community Centre and a recent article in the Manly Daily.

The training is running for 8 weeks on a Tuesday morning through October and November. We are grateful to Warringah Council for allowing us to use the delightful venue at Oxford Falls Peace Park.

Thank you to Jola

Thank you to Jola!

Dear Jola,

…It seems that I found the new job! It’s two days this week and should become full time from Monday. I feel very giddy after the first day on the new job, finishing everything for the Asthma Foundation and the farewell lunch!

The new job looks excellent – it’s a small marketing and advertising agency just five minutes from the station. Everyone is nice and friendly. Hope they will be happy with me, too.

I should say thank you for all that, I would never have done this without you. There is a really big difference between me five months ago and my current “me”. Not just language – you restored my self-confidence as well.

Once again, thank you very much. I greatly appreciate all you have done for me.

 Best wishes,


Thank you to Chris

Hi Chris 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being my right hand man on my journey. The literacy program has been good for me. I haven’t met all of the volunteers but I would like to thank them for all the hard work that they do. Chris has been very patient with me, trying to teach an old dog new tricks .We have had some success, now it is all up to me to keep working hard on my reading. I can stumble though a book, I have read a few now. At the end of last year I completed a ten-week course for dyslexia. It was an eye opener.  What a difference it made when my eyes work together. The first time I knew something was wrong was in year three when I was about eight. All of the schoolwork was moving all over the page. I didn’t know what was going on. So I started to be sent out of class every day for the next 7 years until I finished school. I started many programs over the years; it seemed to be more about money than learning. I went to the Irwin program, where I went for a series of tests, then got a pair of tinted glasses, which seemed to help. That is where I was first introduced to the literacy program. The rest is history……… 

Once again, thank you Chris, the world would be a better place if we had more people like you. The friendship we have has been really important to me. Keep on pedalling Chris !!

Thank you for all your time and support.


June 2013