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Literacy Network has a wide range of print and audio resources that tutors can borrow. Coordinators can assist tutors to select appropriate resources for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. For beginners, picture stories work well, and there is a selection of readers for all levels.
The ‘Tutor training manual’ lists many useful resources to help with language for living in Australia, spelling and grammar and basic numeracy skills.
Download the monthly report PDF ‘How’s it going?’ or as a word doc.
There are many Internet sites that offer free resources.
A resource to assist volunteer adult literacy tutors, with PDF files available to download.
The BBC is a great site for learners and teachers, English speaking and English Second Language. There is a huge variety of literacy and numeracy quizzes, vocabulary, grammar, news, cooking, games and lesson plans.
This incredibly busy site has an extraordinary amount of information and ideas for worksheets. Codes used relate to UK curriculum based resources but if you have the time to work through the site, you will find plenty to look at and use with an adult student. Literacy and numeracy both covered.
Although this site is now membership based, it still has many free printable worksheets. Developed for primary school aged children but if you disregard some of the graphics, perfectly useable for adult learners. Maths including basic operations, angles, geometry, measurement and time; English – grammar, spelling, handwriting, proofreading and editing, phonics and writing; Reading and writing comprehension, alphabet, Puzzles and Brainteasers including Sudoku – you will certainly find something or at the very least, get some new ideas on how to tackle a teaching issue. Consider some of these activities as an end of lesson ‘fun’ task.
Free vocabulary worksheets provide practice in challenging vocabulary activities and basic language skills. Includes crosswords, word searches, word jumbles, and more. You are free to print these vocabulary worksheets.
Lessons, tips and printables. This US site for school aged children has some good ideas which can be adapted for adult learners. For visual learners, worksheets using word shapes and your words can be downloaded.
Over 1500 free lesson suitable for intermediate to advanced students.
A resource to assist volunteer adult literacy tutors.
Top Tips for Tutors and Students
- Tutors: Google the differences between English and your student’s native language
- Students: Make lists – for anything and everything
- Students: When reading, let your eyes scan ahead to the full stop. Read each sentence as a complete thought.
- Tutors: Even though comprehensive tables of phrasal verbs are available online/in reference books, don’t teach them as a list – unless you want to induce insanity! Teach them as they arise.
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