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…)
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.
This resource comes to us via Literacy Network‘s President. Spell it right – click here for the link – aims to assist teachers/tutors in helping their students become more confident with their spelling – and quite possibly tutors, too! There are free printable worksheets as well as games, puzzles and quizzes (most are aimed at adult level and some of the word games are quite challenging.) Prefixes, suffixes, those wonderful -ibles, -ables, -icals, -icles and -acles are all there, plus loads more tricky letter combinations as well as lots of tips, all clearly set out and accessible at the click of a mouse. This resource is well worth exploring and is also accessible via the drop down menu on the LN homepage, under Tutor Resources..
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.
All Hallows’ Eve, otherwise known as Halloween, is coming up on October 31. Whether people in Australia choose to celebrate it or not, most have at least heard of the day via a series of horror movies! Now widely celebrated in the USA, the festival originated in the UK – it has both Celtic and Gaelic roots. For an easy-to-read article on Halloween, go to ESL Holiday Lessons on the Breaking News English Homepage, or click here.