Resources for teachers and tutors

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Below are some links to online resources for teachers and trainers including.

  • Information  and advice
  • Teaching/learning resources and workbooks
  • Readers

For further information or help in selecting resources, call the Reading Writing Hotline and discuss your requirements with one of our helpful teachers.

Information and advice


Literacy Face to FaceWritten for volunteer tutors, but with useful practical ideas for classroom teachers also. Sections on: How do we read?; The adult learner; Assessing your student’s needs and progress; The beginner reader/writer; The intermediate reader/ writer; The vocational student; Writing and spelling; Does your student have a disability?; Is your student from an non-English Speaking background?; Everyday numeracy; Getting started on the computer.

Grassroot Strategies
Tips for teaching reading, writing, numeracy and speaking /listening in the workplace context but widely applicable to a range of contexts. Developed by Service Skills Australia.

QCAL Tutor Tips
Tips for teachers / tutors on a wide range of topics from the Queensland Council for Adult Literacy website.

The Smith Family – Home Tutor Scheme
Tutor information, lesson plans and resources developed for migrants and refugees that need further assistance to develop their English language skills for successful settlement in Australia

Read Write Now
This WA volunteer tutor website has links to a range of useful information, including a link to the Gobsmackers readers, a series of adult level readers with a selection of useful exercises with free printable worksheets for each title.

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults
This training manual from USA has some useful sections although much of it does not reflect current Australian practice. The useful chapters are ch 5 on Fluency Development and ch 7 Comprehension-Strategy Instruction, both of which contain a number of good practical strategies. There is a chapter on Phonemic Awareness Training and Phonics Instruction which may be of some interest to those who are interested in this approach to dyslexia and similar learning disabilities.  The sections on assessment, however,  are not reflective of most  Australian concepts of best practice.



Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum
A curriculum developed in UK by the Basic Skills Unit. As well as detailing the curriculum elements, the document gives examples of activities suitable for each element.

Produced by ASIC, is text dense but has useful information on a range of financial matters – useful for teacher information.

Teaching/learning resources and workbooks


A source of multimedia teaching materials that combine streaming videos with related interactive web lessons on reading, writing, math, science, and financial literacy.   American, but video clips could be useful as introduction or additional lesson materials.


Skills Workshop
A UK site with a large number of worksheets on some useful topics. However, since it is not Australian, some numeracy activities are not appropriate and some literacy texts have a very UK-centric context.

English and Maths for adults – BBC website

AMES Bookshop
An extensive catalogue of resources on a range of topics for ESL and adult literacy / numeracy students, many of them work related. Some are free to download – (look for the View our FREE resources button on the left.)

AMES Beach Safety Unit
An extensive resource with free, downloadable print materials and mp sound files. It is designed to integrate beach safety training into English as a second language or adult basic education programs. The activities in the resource are aligned to learning outcomes in the Certificate II in Spoken and Written English.


That quiz
Self-correcting numeracy quizzes on the following topics: integers, fractions, concepts and geometry. Gives practice and tests knowledge.

Visual Fractions

Fractions worksheets from basic concepts to complex calculations using fractions.

Interactives Geometry 

3D shapes, surface area/ volume. Interactive tasks however quite dense instructional text. Teacher is needed to interpret.

A range of numeracy topics, with some audio, although it is a heave American accent.


BBC resources for school level, although not child-like. Has revision activities (teaching) and self-correcting testing. Many numeracy and maths topics, multi-level.


Advice about budgeting and identifying needs and wants. Interactive with some instructional text but also good audio with Australian voice.

Building Strength with Numeracy

An updated and online version of the well-known resources Strength in Numbers and Breaking the Maths Barriers. Practical resources for teachers.

Right on the Money: Taking control of personal finances
Right on the Money workbook and DVD for adult language, literacy and numeracy learners covers developing a personal budget using a savings plan understanding debt and consumer credit and making informed personal financial decisions.


A series of adult level readers, each with accompanying tutor tips and a selection of useful exercises with free printable worksheets for each title.

Resilience: Stories of Adult Learning.
This is an extensive collection of student-written stories on the general theme of resilience. It was a joint project with the UK organisation RaPAL so there are stories from the UK and Australia.

Page TurnersPageTurners are short, easy-to-read stories for adults learning to read. Published by PRACE (Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education).

A Fuller Sense of Self
A collection of stories told by adult literacy students, describing their life and learning
Some of the people whose stories are in the book were recently interviewed for this wonderful little video

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Sugarbag on Damper Publishing
This site has links to a number of publications, mainly on Australian themes. Each has text written at three levels and is accompanied by photocopiable worksheets at each level.

Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy
TCAL’s website has links to three sets of student stories; Steps and Stories, Namatse Book Series and 25 Stories. Many of these stories are told by adults overcoming numeracy and literacy difficulties.

AMES Real Life Readers
A series of low level readers especially designed for ESL and literacy learners, each with an accompanying CD. Linked to CSWE levels, each reader has low text density per page and is beautifully illustrated to assist comprehension. The back page contains a vocabulary list. The series features adult interest stories in a range of genres such as humour, historical, ghost story.

For more Tutor resources call the 
Reading Writing Hotline on 1300 6 555 06 or email.