ESOL Resources

We present a list of AUSTRALIAN ONLY resources for teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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ABC Education Learn English

ABC Learn English logo ABC Education’s Learn English website has a range of free resources, which include grammar, learning tips,  vocabulary, English in Australia, and specially created video courses: ‘Everyday English’, ‘Study English’ and ‘English On The Go: 90-second English lessons’.  Find them on:

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:

  • to help our learners better understand and engage with Australian culture, lifestyle, music, film, current events etc, whilst learning English in a way that is practical, relevant and interesting
  • to help each other by sharing our favourite resources, ideas, lessons, worksheets and links in one place, so no one has to reinvent the wheel alone anymore.

Read more about it here: Introducing the #AusELT Resource Wiki
Or go direct to the wiki here: The #AusELT Resource Wiki

NSW AMES Publications

NSW AMES publish Australian language and literacy resources including:
readers, listening materials, course materials, online courses, vocational resources, curriculum resources, sample assessment tasks, English for Specific Purposes (EAP) resources, vocabulary and also provide free resources on beach and fire safety, calling an ambulance and understanding good health.

NSW AMES Publications have been moved to VETRES.NET.AU and search for “AMES”

AMES Australia (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 Refugees

AMES Australia 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’. 

Boyer Education

Susan Boyer produces resources that “explain and provide practice with English grammar, pronunciation, spelling and everyday conversational language for students and teachers of English.”

Spark! Wordbank and Workbooks

Spark!-Wordbank-Cover-01 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.”


Australian Postgraduate English Language Services (APELS)

APELS are new to publishing in 2012, with two titles recently released in their APELS Everyday Series:

  • Everyday Interactive Tasks
  • Everyday Numeracy in Australia

You can order direct from their website and also download the teacher’s manual:


Urban Lyrebirds

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.

  • Sing with me! series of books & CDs
    Each original song is followed by five language exercises: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading and writing, and conversation.
  • Passages to English series
    Beginner ESL workbooks for class or individual study. Each of the 15 units begins with an entertaning story which also explores a different element of grammar.

PETAA Publications

PETAA 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.

  • ESL Easy Reads are easy-read e-books for new learners of English (or for anyone who wants an easy read).
  • ESL Extras are books of fully photocopiable worksheets with an Australian focus.

Available from language bookshops and library suppliers. Samples at

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.

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.