Resources produced by members

These resources have been produced by VALBEC members and have been part of recent conference presentations and reviewed in Fine Print. We plan to keep adding to this page as a service to our members. If you are a member of VALBEC and you would like to have your product listed here, contact VALBEC. Disclaimer: The activities, goods and services are not endorsed by VALBEC in any way. People should make their own judgment about the suitability of each item.

My neighbourhood: literacy in context

Cover-MyNeighbour-resourceAuthor: Jan Hagston

Publisher: Multifangled Review in Fine Print 2012 vol: 35 #3

‘My Neighbourhood’ is a print based resource (130 pages) packed with activities designed to support students to develop literacy skills in context. Each activity contains information for the teacher alongside activity sheets and/or handouts for the students. In addition there are a number of skill sheets to support students in completing the activities. The activities encourage the use of technology and have been designed to support teachers who aren’t ‘tech savvy’ but are interested in starting to explore the digital world. Those teachers and students who are comfortable with using a range of ‘e-things’ will be able to extend the activities. Aligned to the CGEA and VCAL.

Target group: Teachers of youth and adult literacy programs Price: $29.70 (GST incl) + postage and handling
Available from Multifangled

Our Environment – Teaching Materials for Adult ESL Students

Our Environmentimagesml2012 Conference presentation Review in Fine Print 2012 vol:35 #2

Created and Developed: ‘Our Environment’ was created by ESL teachers and students at Lalor Living and Learning Centre (LLLC) with funding provided by Sustainability Victoria and support from City of Whittlesea. Written by: Sarah Poole, Michelle Morgan and Jessica Jones.

Description: Six Teaching Units, with corresponding Teacher’s Notes, Image Support Files, Flash Cards and the Waste Game, covering the topics of: Understanding Climate Change, Energy Efficiency at Home, Managing Household Waste, Being Wise with Water, Smarter Shopping and Sustainable Transport. Presented in loose leaf format – designed to be downloaded and printed by you.

Target group: Adult ESL Students studying CSWE, but can be adapted to suit other curriculum. Also literacy students. Price: FREE to download after its launch. Available on CD for $6 NOW.  To purchase a copy email Sarah at sarahpl@netspace.net.au. The CD will be posted to you with your receipt.

Sing with me! English grammar, conversation and song Book & CD 1

SingWithMe-Book1Authors: Carmel Davies and Sharon Duff

Publisher: Urban Lyrebirds Review in Fine Print 2014 vol:37 #1

Sing with me! Book 1 includes fifteen songs that introduce vocabulary and many of the language structures useful for beginner and post beginner language learners. Each unit begins with a song on a particular settlement theme and focuses on topics such as the weather, health, birthdays and adjusting to a new environment. The song is followed by exercises on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing and conversation which extend and reinforce the lyrics. The combination of song and language activities caters for all learning styles and assists the second language learner in comprehending new vocabulary and communicating effectively in their daily transactions. The songs can also be used on their own for any level learner to practise pronunciation features of everyday English.

Target group: Primary, secondary and adult learners Price: $60 (incl GST) + postage and handling Available from Urban Lyrebirds

Sing with me! English grammar, conversation and song Book & CD 3

SingWithMe-Book3Authors: Carmel Davies and Sharon Duff

Publisher: Urban Lyrebirds Review in Fine Print 2016 vol:39 #1 Sing with me! 3 is another exciting addition to the Sing with me! series that is designed for intermediate to advanced English language learners. It provides 15 original songs and a workbook filled with fun, easy to use exercises to engage students in lively discussion and practice vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading and writing. Topics include:

  • Current issues – refugees
  • Employment
  • Generational conflict
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Racism and Bullying

The songs have infectious rhythms and poetic lyrics. The combination of song and language exercises caters for all learning styles. Target group: Primary, secondary and adult learners Price: $60 (incl GST) + postage and handling Available from Urban Lyrebirds and leading ESL bookstores.

Page Turners

In 1999, when 3 of the literacy teachers at Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education couldn’t find much interesting material for beginning readers, they decided to write their own. Thus PageTurners began. Since then PRACE PageTurners have grown to 6 series with the new Series 6 now available. The books are used in all states in Australia and in many countries overseas. PageTurners are intended for both literacy and ESL students and can be used in the classroom and as extra reading.

Latest series: Review in Fine Print 2012 vol: 35 #3

Target group: The books are suitable for adults and young people at the beginning stages of reading. Humorous pictures aid understanding and there are useful teaching/learning exercises in each book. Level 1 books have approx 100 words while Level 4 have between 400 and 600 words. The authors of PageTurners are Anne Dunn, Chris Malakar and Moira Hanrahan. They are experienced teachers, having worked in a variety of educational settings. PageTurners are published by Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE)

Price: Books are $7.00 each (inc GST) For more information or to order PageTurners visit the PageTurners website. The website contains a variety of free downloadable exercises, audio, a blog and more.

10 Radical Ideas for reluctant writers

By Lee Kindler

Publisher: Multifangled, 2015 10 Radical Ideas for reluctant writers has ten immediate, accessible and inspiring writing activities for students that may not always feel comfortable getting their ideas down on paper. VCAL literacy teachers will find the activities engage students and address the learning outcomes. The activities encourage students to dive straight into writing without fear of failure. There are notes for teachers that explain the features of different text types, where to find examples, and ideas for classroom activities. The activities are supported by free online materials that include infographics, videos, links, maps and game source files that students can use to gain a deeper understanding of each text.

Target group: Teachers of youth and adult literacy Price: $15.00 (+ postage and handling) hard copy and $12.00 digital download Available from Multifangled

Sing with me! English grammar, conversation and song Book & CD 2

SingWithMe-Book2Authors: Carmel Davies and Sharon Duff

Publisher: Urban Lyrebirds Review in Fine Print 2014 vol: 37 #1 Sing with me! Book 2 includes fifteen songs that introduce vocabulary and many of the language structures useful for intermediate language learners. Each unit begins with a song on a particular settlement theme and focuses on topics such employment, health, love, climate change and daily activities. The song is followed by exercises on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing and conversation which extend and reinforce the lyrics. The combination of song and language activities caters for all learning styles and assists the second language learner in comprehending new vocabulary and communicating effectively in their daily transactions. The songs can also be used on their own for any level learner to practise pronunciation features of everyday English.

Target group: Primary, secondary and adult learners Price: $60 (incl GST) + postage and handling Available from Urban Lyrebirds