Literacy activities for learners    

Games, puzzles and activities 

 Grammar exercises

Reading strategies

 Apps 

http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/50-popular-ipad-apps-for-struggling-readers-writers/  50 popular apps for struggling readers and writers.

http://www.scoop.it/t/adult-literacy-apps Free or inexpensive  apps for adults who need to improve their reading and/or writing skills.

Shadow Puppet is a free mobile app for creating digital stories and videos which allows users to upload video, search the web for animated images, add music from iTunes, and draw on the screen.

Search engine for Apps – Quixey is a functional search engine –  which helps you find apps through a description of what you want to do, so you’d don’t need to know the name of the app you’re looking for. Quixey gathers millions of pieces of data from the web, including blogs, reviews, articles and tweets, to learn exactly what each app can do.

Sailers Apps directory:  The content and graphics of these apps are great fun but are very childlike so be sure to let your learner know this.  The directory gives extensive links to reading, writing, maths, music, art and photo apps, as well as organisation and communication Apps.  iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education.  Some of the apps learners may find fun and useful are:

  • See, read, say. The complete Dolch sight word list of 220 words (prepared by E.W. Dolch) which make up 50 to 75 percent of the reading material encountered by learners.  See a short Youtube link for an outline
  • ABC Spelling Magic. Adult voice. Excellent word building exercises with ’tiles’ and pictures. Plenty of options to choose to tailor to your learner’s preferences (difficulty level, male/female voice, fonts, modes) See a detailed Youtube link. on Spelling Magic 1 (short vowels).
  • Rocket Speller. Players select a level and based on the level the spelling becomes more difficult as you go. Childlike rewards though (building a rocket as you go) Short Youtube demo 
  • Word Bingo. Players make their own profile and play word bingo with cute bingo creatures See a short Youtube demo.
  • Word Magic. See Youtube demo  This one is quite child-like with an American accent and over-use of  “Awesome”, but the reward format may suit some.
  • School Writing. Upper and lower case writing with sounds and pictures attached.  Youtube demo. Students can record and play back the recording of themselves making the sound.
  • Sentence Maker. As you type, interactive tiles open up.  Short Youtube demo   Options include hiding tiles or revealing words one by one. Activities: “What are the missing word, what is this well-known sentence” or asking you learner to re-arrange words.

iOS apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch iOS apps on Sailers site include ArtikPix for speech articulation, PhonoPix for phonological processes. Eric Sailers apps

Media activities for learners

The Electronic New Stand – enews.com/

ABC Online – www.abc.net.au/ onlinenewspapers.com

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ –  News articles as the basis of a suggested lesson (activities and exercises)

Newspapers on Trove – Trove give free online access to over 350 Australian newspapers. Users can enhance the data through subject tagging, text correction and annotations.   http://trove.nla.gov.au/

www.abc.net.au/btn/   Behind the news. Two stories weekly are supported with  teacher resources, discussion questions and full transcript. Aimed at kids, great fun

Storytellling tools – Doklab ( A Netherlands organisation) works with libraries/cultural institutions on a variety of projects to develop storytelling tools, share vision & give advice on innovation in the cultural and information sectors. storytelling tool, multitouch reading platform, heritage browser

Online dictionaries, encyclopedias and maps

Free Internet Encyclopedia – clever.net/cam/encyclopedia.html

Electronic Dictionary www.m-w.com/netdict.htm

Online newspapers onlinenewspapers.com

White pages www.whitepages.com.au

Yellow pages www.yellowpages.com.au

Macquarie Dictionary – www.macquariedictionary.com.au

Australian Map Search –www.whereis.com.au/

Literacy organisations and resources  

Australian Council of Adult Literacy www.acal.edu.au

Queensland Council of Adult Literacy  cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/qcal new site mid 2014

Adult Learning Australia (ALA)  http://www.ala.asn.au

Education Network Australia http://apps-new.edna.edu.au/

Reading Writing Hotline http://www.readingwritinghotline.edu.au/

Literacy Exchange – world resources World literacy exchange 

Read Write Now – improving adult literacy in Western Australia Read Write Now 

United Nations Literacy Decade http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/education-building-blocks/literacy/

British Council Teachings English teachingenglish@britishcouncil.org  Articles, teaching suggestions, games.  Most games are appropriate for adults, some specifically for ESL.  Their newsletter includes links to the best blogs

Victorian Adult Literacy and basic education council http://valbec.org.au/

NSW Adult Migrant English Service http://ames.edu.au/

ESL Café – USA www.eslcafe.com/search/Literacy/

Teachers Of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  http://www.tesol.org/

Free UK Family learning program which helps parents’ skills in literacy, numeracy and speaking and listening by providing fun learning activities with and for their children.Family Learning 

Dave’s ESL Café (for ESL teachers and students) www.pacificnet/%7Esperling/eslcafe.html

A Canadian handbook and resources demystlifying Adult Literacy for tutors  http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/demyst/demyst.htm

www.nzliteracyportal.org.nz/ – New Zealand Literacy portal – great tutor resources

Great writers’ insights into writing: www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/03/advice-on-writing/

 Literacy Programs with info on websites

Carlton Adult Reading & Writing Program  http://cnlc.org.au/reading.html

NSW Far North Coast Adult Literacy Network  www.nor.com.au/community/literacy/links.htm

Duke Street Community House http://www.dsch.org.au/programs/courses  (blog has exercises)

Flemington Reading & Writing Program  http://www.connectingup.org/learn

Southern Western Port’s Learning Networks Program – www.chisholm.vic.edu.au/SWPLearnet/index.htm

South Australian Council for Adult Literacy – www.acal.edu.au/sacal/

Digital literacy and computer skills tutorials

No Excuses List a huge range of free online courseshttp://www.noexcuseslist.com/

http://flexiblelearning.net.au/toolbox/series4/424.htm – basic skills in the cypercentre

http://flexiblelearning.net.au/flx/go/home/projects/2006/communitypartnerships – E-learning for community partnerships

http://www.forwardit.sa.gov.au/home/basics/accredited resources – Digital literacy – accredited resources

http://digitalunite.com/ – Unleash your digital literacy

http://www.digitalplacemaking.com/digital-literacy-how-technology-can-improve-your-community/

literacy http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/literacy/assets/pdf/packages/tech_lit_learn.pdf – emotional literacy and how it relates to technology

https://online.maryville.edu/blog/digital-literacy-a-comprehensive-guide-to-modern-education-technology/a free 2019 digital & media literacy guide for students/parents/educators

Computer skills tutorials  

http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/   – Using a mouse – excellent (American) tutorial

http://www.goodtyping.com/  – Teaches typing skills – create your own log on

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/ – BBC webwise provides info and  programs about using computers and the internet, including social media

http://www.abcpc.no/english/index.html  – Good site for beginner computer users

https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/articles/softwaremanagement/2018/06/11/guide-to-learning-computer-skills.html Guide to Learning Computer Skills including how computers work, internet safety, keyboarding skills  

http://inpics.net/ – Great pictorial site which teaches how to use Word, Publisher, Excel & Powerpoint. Created for those with learning challenges so very user-friendly

 Lifestyle literacy

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/?openDocument – Australian Securities Commission

http://www.healthliteracymonth.org/ – Health literacy

https://etonx.com/resource/university-interview-guide/ UNE Interview guide that helps students prepping for UNE admission interviews – how to address common questions, how to present yourself, strong body language, what to wear, and more.

 Useful sites for non-english speaking students

The sounds of English – http://www.soundsofenglish.org/pronunciation/th.html.  Very handy site for non-english speaking students, gives specific help with tongue and mouth movements with sounds like th, ph

  http://beach.prace.vic.edu.au/ – Preston Reservoir Adult & Community Education. Exercises about the Australian beach – safety, dangerous animals etc.  Also useful for ESL students.

http://www.manythings.org/ – Designed for ESL students but is useful with all LLN students.

http://www.englishtenseswithcartoons.com/ – Useful for ESL students who have trouble choosing the correct tense to use.  A short, simple cartoon clearly illustrates the meaning of the verb.

Numeracy teaching practice  (Material from a 2015  ACAL webinar)

Some numeracy (and literacy) resources and materials – a list compiled by presenter, Dave Tout.

Numeracy by Measure (a zip file so will download) – a link mentioned by a guest, Tina Berghella.

Building Strength with Numeracy – VALBEC numeracy resources by Beth Marr – many of them free.

Sample budget planner from MoneySmart – by guest Poonam Bhamgara .

An ACAL video of Beth Marr demonstrating some strategies and techniques using Building Strength with Numeracy.

Wished you were there?  You can see a video recording of the August 5 webinar here.

Find a tutor in your area

Reading Writing Hotline

https://www.readingwritinghotline.edu.au/. Reading Writing hotline, Australia-wide. If you need help  with reading, writing or basic maths, call 1300 655 506 for info about: Classes that are close to you.

Most Australian public libraries have free adult-literacy resources & volunteer tutor programs. If you’d like more info about a tutor in your area, call the Hotline on 1300 6555 06.The Reading Writing Hotline also has a range of useful tutor resources available for download.

 http://www.tutoo.com/  A UK-based tutor search-service so students can find all the tutors within their local area.

Which books to read or read next

In-depth Grammar:

There are hundreds of sites and grammar books that you can go to for detailed grammar help, but some good examples of sources that can explain detailed concepts are:

Grammar Tip of the Day – By Thoughtco.

Online Writery at Purdue University.

ChompChomp.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Link  (Kim’s site):   Library systems,library resources, internet resources  librarylink.webs.com/