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. *****

 

 

Information update on local ESL and conversations classes

 

Literacy Network has received the following information about ESL classes as well as conversation classes in our local area.

*ST MATHEWS – The Corso Manly (9977 6249)

ESL classes on Mondays 9:20-11:30am ( Fees $20 per term – concessions available)
Conversation classes – all levels – Thursdays 5:45-7:00pm

*COMMUNITY CONNECT : 30 Fisher Rd, Dee Why (9982 6985)

Classes suited to Chinese students, Mondays 10am-12pm
Beginners on Mondays 2:30-3:30pm
Conversation on Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm

* BROOKVALE COMMUNITY CENTRE ( Pat Duggan 0427 538 646)

Conversation classes on Tuesdays at 2pm

Article on Literacy Network in the Manly Daily

Service makes real impact on literacy

THIS year marks the 30th anniversary of the Literacy Network Manly Warringah.

Students and tutors benefit from working with each other.The service has existed to assist adults who experience difficulty with English.

Lit Net is a community based organisation that trains volunteer tutors to help native speakers, as well as those with migrant backgrounds, improve their English language skills.

“After tutors have completed an eight-week training program, they are matched with students with whom they work on a oneto-one basis,” co-director Amanda McDougall said.

“Tutors and students meet weekly for up to two hours in students’ homes, in a library or at the Lit Net office,” she said.

She said tutors, as well as students, came from a variety of backgrounds.

“They bring wonderful life experiences to Lit Net,” she said.

Mrs McDougall said many students arrived in Australia with a limited educational background. “The aim is to help as many people as possible with literacy,” she said.

There are still a number of students waiting to be matched to tutors.

The next training session for tutors begins Tuesday April 5 and runs every Tuesday until May 24, 10am to 12.30pm in Brookvale.

Details: 0405 313 986.

 

Many thanks to the Manly Daily.

Our office has moved!

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Literacy Network Office Move, April 2015

 

Facebook iconDue to the redevelopment of the Royal Far West complex in Manly, we have moved to a new office in the Northern Beaches Community College’s Brookvale Campus building.

Our new address is:

NBCC
Brookvale Campus
14 William Street
Brookvale NSW 2100
 
Our mailing address remains unchanged: 
The Literacy Network
PO Box 232
Manly
NSW 1655

 

Parking:

Limited duration parking is available outside the building in William Street.

Approximately 300m further along William Street away from the Pittwater Road there are no parking restrictions.

3 hours free parking is available in Warringah Mall across the Pittwater Road from the NBCC building.

 

For the Google maps link to our new location, please click here.

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.

Happy New Year!

Wishing all our tutors and students a very Happy New Year, and all the very best for 2015. May it be a rewarding and productive year for everyone. For an article on New Year Resolutions – and how hard it is for most of us to keep them! – click here. 

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.

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.