Information and advice

Literacy Face to Face Written 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

Online Volunteer Tutor training Course

This is an online course covering all aspects of becoming a Volunteer Literacy Tutor including: legal and ethical requirements, mentoring skills, self-assessment for literacy tutoring, information about reading, writing, strategies to work with adults, children, speakers of languages other than English and members of local Aboriginal communities.

Volunteer Tutor training course was developed by North Coast TAFE in conjunction with Great Lakes Libraries to train  their Volunteer Tutors.

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.

The Resource Hub

The ‘Resource Hub” assists volunteer reading and writing tutors to plan and develop their learning sessions.   The Resource Hub is divided into sections for three adult learner groups with materials for - Beginner, Intermediate and EAL learners.  There is also a Getting Started section for new tutors. This website was created by Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre with Victorian Government funding under the Adult Community and Further Education’s Capacity and Innovation (CAIF)  program.


Spelling and grammar tips for tutors

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.