We present a list of AUSTRALIAN ONLY resources for teaching English to speakers of other languages.
If there is an Australian resource you would like to see added to this page, please contact our Website Editor at info AT atesolact.org.au
AusELT Resource Wiki
|Introducing the #AusELT Resource WikiAs a result of an #AusELT Twitter chat in 2012 on the topic of Integrating Australian Content into Courses, a group of Australian ESL teachers decided to create a community wiki, the #AusELT Resource Wiki, with two main aims:
NSW AMES Publications
AMES Victoria Bookshop
|AMES Victoria publish a range of Australian language and literacy resources “from basic resources for learning English to advanced industry-specific training resources for teachers working with students who have English as their second language”. They also have some free resources for download: What’s The Law? Australian law for new arrivals, and; Working with Refugees & Bicultural Work with RefugeesAMES Victoria Bookshop|
Sugar Bag on Damper
|This small publishing company, run by two experienced ESL teachers, produces reading materials, spelling materials, refugee resources and has recently released a set of ‘Everyday Australian English Bilingual Picture Dictionaries’ (pictured left).The site also provides useful information on the topics of ‘Cultural Issues’, ‘Grammar and Vocabulary’, ‘Reading about Australia’ and ‘Spelling and Phonics’.www.sugarbagondamper.com|
|Susan Boyer produces resources that “explain and provide practice with English grammar, pronunciation, spelling and everyday conversational language for students and teachers of English.”www.boyereducation.com.au|
Spark! Wordbank and Workbooks
|These books are intended for beginners. The websites states that: “The Wordbank gives you a clearly illustrated selection of the most frequent and useful language items organised into topic areas, such as people, activities, food, transport, grammar and phonics lists.” while “The Workbooks bring everything together through a wide range of accessible, engaging and purposeful activities.”www.actual.com.au/sparkbooks.htm|
Australian Postgraduate English Language Services (APELS)
|APELS are new to publishing in 2012, with two titles recently released in their APELS Everyday Series:
You can order direct from their website and also download the teacher’s manual:
|Urban Lyrebirds creates innovative English language resources by using the creative arts to teach language.The resources produced by Urban Lyrebirds are suitable for all learners of English, including ESL and literacy students. They are designed to inspire learners and re-invigorate the classroom.
|The Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) is a national, not-for-profit professional association supporting primary school educators in the teaching and learning of English and literacies across the curriculum.
PETAA publications, print and digital, are classroom-focused and lead the field in Australian English and literacy education while addressing the understandings in the Australian Curriculum: English. Drawing upon recent and relevant research, PETAA publications are grounded in quality pedagogy and feature best quality classroom teaching and learning practice.
The Book Next Door
|The Book Next Door produces fun, lighthearted, Australian materials that can be used by teachers or volunteers as extra support for learners. Workbooks are fully photocopiable.
Available from language bookshops and library suppliers. Samples at http://www.thebooknextdoor.com/
Read Me Again Press
|Read Me Again Press – books written by an AMEP teacher.Carly and Kumar short stories have been written at three levels so that every student in a class can enjoy reading a story at the appropriate level. ‘New words’ are defined at the bottom of each page to allow for ‘effortless’ reading. An audio CD also comes with the Level 1 book, to support less confident readers.http://www.readmeagainpress.com.au/|
Adult Migrant English Program Research Centre (AMEPRC)
Although the AMEPRC no longer produces resources, this website still offers free and interesting pdfs for download.
EduRoo – create resources for IWBs and more!
|EduRoo is a new free Australian educational resource designed especially for primary school teachers. It is a general resource, but has many activities for ESL teachers to use and customise.We provide an easy to use system to effortlessly manage your students, create your own custom activities, target individual student learning, view detailed results data and even digitally team teach! A new and exciting option for integrating ICT into your classroom, EduRoo can be utilised for whole group activities with an interactive whiteboard, individual tasks, homework tasks, testing and for creating tie-in printable resources to be completed in class or at home.http://eduroo.com.au/games|