Literacy Network’s Library Reviews

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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. *****

 

 

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.

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…)

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. 

New resource: Spell it right

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..

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.

Halloween is just around the corner…

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.