Why is English so difficult?

Many people learning English have trouble with the nuances of the language. There is one two- letter word that has more meanings than any other and that is ‘UP’. Look the word up in a dictionary and you will find the definition takes up almost a quarter of a page, and can add up to about 30 definitions. It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun or verb. There is a book called ‘Up the down staircase’. We open up a shop and close it up at night. We lock up, clean up, fix up and speak up before we shut up.

What do you do after you chop down a tree? You chop it up.

End of year party 2017

Please join us to celebrate the end of another successful year for the Literacy Network Manly-Warringah and meet our wonderful volunteers.  santaAll members welcome to attend for lunch, a drink or just to catch up.

Where: Dee Why RSL Club – in the upper area
When: 1st December at 12 Noon

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting of Literacy Network Manly Warringah Inc. for the 12 months July 2016 to June 2017 will be held at 

 

Northern Beaches Community College 

Training Room 5 

William Street, Brookvale 

on 

Saturday 26th August, 2017 at 10.00am. 

 

 

Literacy Network’s Library Reviews

Resources for teachers! We’d love to have your reviews! Would also love your feedback on my reviews. – Lynsey

Title
Section
Level Review Stars
Roundabout1992. Mind maps and questionnaires for fluency practice Culture and Language Post BeginnerAnd above My Favourite, My Pet, My Photos, Eating Out, Leisure.  Questions and openers for discussing a variety of real life interests and experiences. Good for speaking and writing. ****
Good, Better, Best 1AMES 2008Beginner Grammar Resource Grammar Beginners – intermediate Practice exercises in basic grammar for adults. Relevant, concise, well-laid out. Cute  little line drawings. Conventional grammar terms explained.My student pounced on the practical exercises on directions. *****
32 magnetic lower case letters Literacy Beginners ESL/“dyslexia” Very useful for multisensory learning *****
The Numeracy Pack Bk 1 Numeracy Beginners and up From counting to factors. May be useful as practice material for The Khan Academy. www.khanacademy.org **
North Star Focus on Reading and Writing2002 Readers Post Beginner Adult interests, some rather esoteric.. “Antiques Roadshow”, “Going Out of Business”, Charles Lindbergh, Keith Haring, multiple births. ***
Shop till You Drop2001 AMES Readers Beginners Stories with exercises . Adult stories about shopping experiences as a new arrival. ****
When Things Go Wrong2001 AMES Readers Intermediate Stories with exercises .Useful information contained in stories of getting lost, road accidents, sudden sickness. ****
Places Called Home1997 Readers Advanced Memories of home inAustraliaand other countries (mainly European). A good stimulus for writing about home? ****
Very Easy True Stories. A picture-based first reader Readers Beginners Moves methodically from cartoons to print text to exercises. A pity the stories themselves are more suitable for primary school than adults. **
Untangling the Web2006. AMES Technology Native speakers. Intermediate ESL with support. “Browsing the Web, Searching for Information, Using Email.” Coloured screen shots, activities. Helps students get the vocab so that they can use the internet in English. Great resource. *****

 

 

Our newest tutors!

On Sept 1 we completed our 2015 tutor training with eight people enrolled. Three trainers shared the tutoring and the participants said they enjoyed the varied presentations.

The next training session is planned for April/May 2016 and we are seeking volunteers.

Introducing a new resource

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.

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…)