Literacy Network’s Library Reviews

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

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. **
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. *****



It was good to see one of our Literacy Network members in the news recently supporting healthy eating on the Northern Beaches.

Join in fitness fun

Health program to benefit children and parents

A FREE, 10-week healthy lifestyle program that children can do with their parents is starting at North Narrabeen next week.

Manly Vale’s Geiselle Rincon did the program with her son Santiago, 9. Picture: Annika EnderborgThe Go4Fun program teaches eligible children, aged 7-13 about exercise and nutrition. Their parents also attend and learn how to help their children become healthier.

It will run every Tuesday, from 4.30-6.30pm, at the Pittwater Sports Centre.

Spokesman Jonathon Noyes said the program used games, sport and fun interactive activities.

“We’ve tried to make the program as convenient as possible for parents, who may be concerned about the eating habits and fitness of their children, but are not really sure what steps to take towards a healthier lifestyle,” Mr Noyes said.

Manly Vale resident Geiselle Rincon loved the program which she did with her nine-year-old son, Santiago,

“My son has started to choose healthier food for himself and has started reading the labels at the supermarket,” Ms Rincon said.

For more details, phone Go4Fun on 1800 780 900 or go to

Many thanks to the Manly Daily, 23 April 2016


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 first get together for 2016

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Happy to New Year to all our members. Hope 2016 has started well for you. The committee has met and is planning events for the year.

1.Literacy Network get-together
Date: Sat  13 Feb 2016
Time: 10am -12 noon
Venue: Level 1,  14 William St, Brookvale

Come and share morning tea and discuss your experiences with other tutors.
We will hear about some of the English classes our students attend at TAFE and in community centres.
Please RSVP by Thurs 11 February.
0405 313 986

2. Tutor training
Tuesdays 5th April to 24th May for 8 weeks
10 – 12.30pm
Level 1/ 14 William St Brookvale
If you know people who might be interested, please refer them.

3 Office roster
The office is open on Mon and Thurs mornings for about two hours.
We are looking for more volunteers.
Please email us, or phone Robyn 0421 339 187,  or Amanda 0418 498 551  if you are willing to be on the roster.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 13 February at 10am.

Amanda McDougall
Robyn Smith

Our end of year Christmas party!


It’s nearly Christmas … time for you to sparkle …
Please join us to celebrate the
end of another successful year for the
Manly Warringah Literacy Network
Lunch, a drink or just catch up and meet our wonderful volunteers
Where:    Dee Why RSL Club – Bistro
Reserved area in the Fishbowl
When: 12 Noon Friday December 11, 2015
R.S.V.P Please .. to Anne or 0407 750 008
by Friday Dec 4
if you are able to join us
so we can confirm numbers for our reserved area

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.

Notice of AGM, September 19, 2015






AGM and Members Workshop.

TIME: 10.00 am to 12 pm, Saturday September 19, 2015

VENUE: Literacy Network office, Level 1, 14 William St Brookvale

Our Annual General Meeting is fast approaching! To be held in our new office at the Northern Beaches Community College, Brookvale, the AGM will be an opportunity (in addition to AGM formalities) for members to see our new office and to participate in workshops where they can share their experiences with other members as well as learn about new resources/websites which can help with tutoring. Morning tea will be provided.

Parking in William Street is difficult; members are advised to park at Warringah Mall and take the short walk across Pittwater Rd and along William St.

We are keen to find new members who might be interested in joining the Management Committee. If you are interested and want more information, please feel free to call Robyn Smith: 0421 339187 or Chris McGuigan:  0411 215088.


Chris McGuigan


24 August 2015


Thank you to our sponsors!


Literacy Network would like to thank Dee Why RSL for another generous donation in 2015. As a voluntary organisation, solely dependent on the work of volunteers, Literacy Network relies on the support of several local councils and service organisations. The money we receive enables us to purchase new student and tutor resources, update our computer technology, and defray the cost of renting premises.

On Wed 19 August, Anne Moorcroft and Robyn Smith were privileged to attend a Community welcome function at the Dee Why RSL along with 120 other groups who had received cheques. It was good to hear the mayor of Warringah and other leaders praising the role and efforts of a large band of volunteers.
On 17 August  Pittwater RSL officially handed over annual grants for local community service organisations. The Literacy Network was awarded $500.
In July, Warringah Council gave the Literacy Network an annual grant of $5000 towards our yearly operating costs. 


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:

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



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.