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.
The next training course for volunteer English tutors will run on Tuesday mornings between 10 October and 28 November. There are vacancies on the waiting list for new students, too. Call 0405 313 986.
Time: 10am – 12.30 pm each Tues morning for 8 weeks
Place: Level 1, 14 William St Brookvale
Please join us to celebrate the end of another successful year for the Literacy Network Manly-Warringah and meet our wonderful volunteers. All 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
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
Saturday 26th August, 2017 at 10.00am.
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.
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 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).
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…)