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Literacy Websites and Resources for tutors and students(* Denotes NEW)

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-READING RESOURCES
-- EASY READERS
-- MORE READING MATERIAL
-VOCABULARY RESOURCES
-WRITING RESOURCES
-GRAMMAR RESOURCES
-DICTIONARIES
-NEWSPAPERS
-RANGE OF LITERACY RESOURCES
-VARIOUS USEFUL INFORMATION SOURCES
-BOOK DATABASES
-BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON LITERACY or TUTORING
-FOR CULTURALLY & LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE (CaLD) STUDENTS
-*PRONUNCIATION RESOURCES*
-TECHNOLOGY
-- TUTOR TIP re You Tube

 

READING RESOURCES

EASY READERS

Gobsmackers Books, from Community Adult Literacy Foundation (CALF)
Fun readers for adults, based on real life stories - and the tales are all 'gobsmacking'. The books are not free, but Free Downloadable Tutoring Tips & Exercises develop each book into one or more tutoring sessions. CALF is made up of professionally trained volunteer Read Write Now Coordinators and community members with relevant experience.
http://www.adult-literacy.net/gobsmackers/index.htm

Prace Pageturners, from Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education
Beginner Readers (Mizuri the Cat, The Beach etc) recommended by Read Write Now and available through RWN Coordinators. Not free, but the site has a number of freely downloadable worksheets based on the books + an on-line story to listen to, accompanied by interactive comprehension questions.
http://pageturners.prace.vic.edu.au/
There is also a blog-http://pracepageturners.blogspot.com.au/-where you can read about the stories behind the stories.

*Marshall Adult Education Stories*
Read online, or Print these stories for adults, across a range of reading levels. Each is accompanied by relevant questions. The easiest ones (their Level 0.7) could be suitable for our RWN Level 1 learners (although they are a bit longer than a complete beginner would comfortably attempt). Use your judgement re the suitability of the higher level stories, going up to their Level 8 which is suitable for RWN Level 3.
http://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

 

MORE READING MATERIAL

*Breaking News English*(for English Language Learners but equally useful for Literacy)
More than 2,000 free lessons, available in 7 levels, each based on an item of up-to-date news. A reading text you can view and listen to, each read at up to 5 speeds (of British or American English), with related questions and activities. Complete lessons downloadable-short or long version.
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

*Victorian Adult Literacy & Basic Education Council*(VALBEC)
Freely downloadable book 'A Fuller Sense of Self' comprising six autobiographical stories by adult literacy learners (2011). There is also a video update of the authors, 5 years on.
http://www.valbec.org.au/

eBooks - Project Gutenberg Australia
Project Gutenberg Australia has around 2000 ebook titles that you can download, free of charge. The texts can be read on the website, or using a simple text editor/viewer. Great for extracting favourite pieces of text, to read or to use in lesson planning.
http://gutenberg.net.au/

 

Short Stories
ABC Short Story Project

On this site you can listen to the winning stories from 2007 and read about the authors. You can also read stories by all the finalists, by the two young writers who were selected for special mention and by previous winners. An interesting alternative to library books and newspapers - WARNING: some stories contain coarse language.
http://www.abc.net.au/shortstories/

 

VOCABULARY RESOURCES

*The British Council*
Interactive vocabulary games as well as grammar resources.
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-and-vocabulary

*Free Rice*
Help others while helping your student: Each correct definition you select generates 10 grains of free rice donated to the UN World Food Program! You can also play this online game with grammar questions, maths and other subjects.
http://freerice.com/

Schoolhouse Technologies
Free Printable 'Sample' vocabulary worksheets. Includes crosswords, word searches, word jumbles, and more.
https://www.schoolhousetech.com/

 

WRITING RESOURCES

Handwriting Worksheets
Good practice for learners. Clear and traceable worksheets to download.
http://www.handwritingworksheets.com/

Time for Writing.com
Particularly good for providing the tutor a framework for a writing Lesson, with seven main categories including 'Writing Sentences', 'Writing Paragraphs',' Writing Essays', & 'Teaching Writing', this site offers learning resources. Their aim is to entice you to enrol in 8-week paid courses - but in addition to free printable worksheets, there are also Power Point slide presentations, videos and on-line games on each available topic. Easy to use.
http://www.time4writing.com/free-writing-resources/

Purdue OWL
Purdue University's OWL (On-line Writing Lab) offers academic writing help for their students, as well as the world-wide community. Topics include: General Writing, Research and Citation, & Subject-Specific Writing, This site also has ESL Resources including Writing for Global Business Audiences. A particularly good site if you are working with a student doing high-level or international tertiary studies.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

 

GRAMMAR RESOURCES

*Grammar and Style Resources - University of New South Wales*

Useful for academic writing, assignments, etc.
https://student.unsw.edu.au/grammar

 

DICTIONARIES

The Oxford Dictionary -has a very interesting site with sections such as Better Writing, World of Words and Games.
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/

The Macquarie Dictionary -site has crossword resources (cryptic included), Word of the Week, Dictionary Wit + an online dictionary.
http://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/

 

NEWSPAPERS

The West Australian
The West is this state's only daily paper and covers news, business, travel, entertainment and sport. Entire articles can be printed off and the print size enlarged if necessary.
http://www.thewest.com.au/

POST Newspapers
The Post is an independent community newspaper that has been operating in Perth's western suburbs for 30 years. Stories can be read on screen or printed off.
http://www.postnewspapers.com.au/

Newspapers online
Thousands of world newspapers at your fingertips. A great site for students to compare ways of reporting or see what is happening in other parts of the world.
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/

 

RANGE OF LITERACY RESOURCES

*LITERACY NET*
Australian Department of Education & Training (DEET) site. A wealth of general literacy and industry-specific resources (eg, Agriculture, Business, Community Services, Construction, etc). Many free, some require to be purchased. Policy papers and all the latest Australian developments. Links to many other relevant Australian bodies.
https://www.education.gov.au/literacy-net

*RapidLLN*
Useful Australian training resources, industry-related and general.
https://www.rapidlln.com.au/articles/useful-lln-training-resources-vet-trainer/

BBC
Great site for learners and teachers, English speaking and English Second Language. There is a huge variety of literacy and numeracy quizzes, vocabulary, grammar, news, cooking, games and lesson plans.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

Superteacher Worksheets
Aimed at children but still useful. Although now membership based, this site still has many excellent Free Printable worksheets. English (including Reading), Maths, Science, Puzzles & Brainteasers (including Sudoku).
http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/index.html

A to Z Teacher Stuff
Teacher created materials with American themes, aimed at children. But you might want to use these: Word Shape or Handwriting Worksheet Generator, Word Search Maker. There are Lesson Plans, some of which could be used with adults.
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/

 

VARIOUS USEFUL INFORMATION SOURCES

Transport
'Timetables', 'Tickets & Fares' and 'JourneyPlanner' can provide basic numeracy tasks.
http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/

RAC Keys2Drive
The RAC has developed the keys2drive program and website to "provide learner drivers and their supervisors with detailed advice on every step involved in getting a licence and choosing a driving instructor." Step by step directions & downloads.
https://rac.com.au/about-rac/community-programs/community-education/learn-to-drive?_afr.ts=1389770254430

Learner Drivers
Under 'Learn (overview)': Video of the 6 steps to obtain your driver's licence. Info about 'Teaching someone how to drive'. Informative downloads. Theory test sample quizzes. Hazard perception test. Under 'My Licensing Resources' find Forms in 12 languages.
http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/my-drivers-licence.asp

 

Medical Information
NPS MedicineWise site : National Prescribing Service is an independent, not-for-profit and evidence-based organisation providing information about medical conditions, medicines and medical tests. It aims to help people manage medicines and cut through medical jargon. Some information is available in 10 languages. Funded by Department of Health.
http://www.nps.org.au/

*Consumer Protection*
Australian Government site includes Fuel Watch, Scam Net, How to make a complaint, Retail Trading Hours, Housing/Rental and Charity Organisation Information.
https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection
http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/public-safety-and-law/consumer-protection

 

BACKGROUND READING ON ADULT LITERACY or TUTORING

Australian Council of Adult Literacy (ACAL)
ACAL promotes adult literacy and numeracy policy and practice. It is an advocate organisation with a WA branch (WAALC), supporting adult literacy practitioners within Australia, and promoting debate on adult literacy issues.http://www.acal.edu.au/
To read recent (and earlier) Papers and Reports on Australian Adult Literacy, view: http://www.acal.edu.au/reports.htm

*Australian Government*
Comprehensive information about education, training & qualifications. Literacy & Numeracy page offers information about Skills for Education & Employment (SEE) and Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/education-and-training/literacy-and-numeracy

*Adult Literacy & Lifeskills Survey (ALLS, 2013)*
Australian Bureau of Statistics Report
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/4228.0Main%20Features22006%20(Reissue)?opendocument

*Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy (TCAL)*
Freely downloadable books of stories written by adult literacy learners. Some have worksheets. http://tcal.org.au/resources/

Queensland Council for Adult Literacy (QCAL)
This site has valuable Tutor Tips - but those published after 2012 are no longer be viewed by non-members. Scroll down the list to find pre-2012 Resources: definitely worth a look.
http://www.qcal.org.au/index.php

Literacy Face to Face
Read Write Now was one of the reference groups that contributed to this publication. It has been developed to assist volunteer adult literacy tutors (and was used in our Tutor Training). The full document - or the sections that best meet your student's needs - can be downloaded at no charge. You can access the .pdf file by clicking-here.

National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA, Ireland)
This site has such an extensive amount of free resources available for literacy tutors, it would be impossible to list them all. Look in the RESOURCES section for ideas and worksheets. https://www.nala.ie/

*Victorian Adult Literacy & Basic Education Council (VALBEC)*
Resources link has many lesson ideas (including lots for numeracy). Links page may also be of interest-http://www.valbec.org.au/#

Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy-a Vancouver based volunteer tutor program. The site has a number of useful links and information on raising awareness of literacy issues.
http://www.caribooliteracy.com/

 

For CULTURALLY & LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE (CaLD) STUDENTS

*AWL-About World Languages*
Look up your student's language and its characteristics. http://aboutworldlanguages.com/

*engVid*
More than 1,000 free videos, for and about learning English - including IELTS, Business English and Slang-presented by 11 different teachers. Also free printable Resources.
http://www.engvid.com/

*onestopenglish*
Massive EAL Learning site. Includes Listening, Pronunciation, English for Law /Nursing /HR, etc, and lessons based on current News stories.
http://www.onestopenglish.com/

Activities for ESL students
A huge number of on-line quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles for students. *There are Podcasts and You Tube (ESL videos) to access. All levels.
http://a4esl.org/

Breaking News English
More than 2,000 free lessons, available in 7 levels, each based on an item of up-to-date news. A reading text you can view and listen to, each read at up to 5 speeds (of British or American English), with related questions and activities. Complete lessons downloadable-short or long version.
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

Marshall Adult Education
This 'Student Lessons' link has interactive activities which would be suitable for adult ESL beginners. Some lessons use Windows Media Player to hear the sounds. The sounds are not necessary to use the lessons, but they are enhanced with the sound.
http://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/student_lessons1.html

Summer Institute of Linguistics
Another huge site about language and culture, anthropology, why languages matter.
http://www.sil.org/

 

PRONUNCIATION RESOURCES

Free Online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation
This site has a large dictionary of words and phrases. You can type in what you would like to hear, and you can hear the word quite clearly. If it does not know the word or phrase it will list the "closest'" it has to it.
www.howjsay.com

Interactive Charts of Phonemes-American or British
Click on the symbol and hear it spoken. Good reference point for teaching explicit sounds.
http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pronunciation/phonemic-chart-and-app/interactive-phonemic-chart-british-english/

International Phonetic Alphabet
Similar to the above, but a little more technical in appearance.
http://www.internationalphoneticalphabet.org/ipa-sounds/ipa-chart-with-sounds/

Sounds of English
Lots of interactive or printable pronunciation-based games.
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/

 

TECHNOLOGY

Technology Explained!
"Terrified of technology? Let us explain..." Want to know how to 'Like' someone? Or how to stream your favourite show online? Or what a tweet is? Then let us explain...with ABC.
http://www.abc.net.au/technology/techexplained/

*Adult Digital Media Literacy Needs* Report by Aust Communications & Media Authority (ACMA)
An overview of the attitudes and experiences of Australian digital media non-users / limited users. Includes barriers and considerations when assisting them to engage.
https://serviceskills.com.au/sites/default/files/files/Resources/Foundation%20Skills/adult_digital_media_literacy_needs_research.pdf

 

TUTOR TIP re You Tube (Thank you to tutor Lana!)
To save a YouTube video for viewing offline (it can be draining on WiFi and data usage if you play the same thing over and over online), one option is to change the URL by putting 'ss' in the front as follows:https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=tgis74vj-OU
This will take you to a site called 'save from net' and you can download it.