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Adult literacy
Countries of the world
Dictionaries
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Finding information
Human rights
Languages
Magazines
Quotations
Readers
Reading
Teaching & learning
Writing, spelling & grammar

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Adult literacy

LiteracyNet
Information about Australian adult literacy projects with links to programs, professional develoment, support resources and research.

Countries of the world

QuickLinks - World
Links to information on world countries, particularly the home countries of students at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute.

Dictionaries

Abbreviations and acronyms dictionary
Find definitions for over 4 million abbreviations and acronyms.

Allwords.com
Online English dictionary.

Australian National Dictionary
Dictionary of Australianisms, that is words and meanings which have originated in Australia.

Australian National Dictionary Centre Resources
Access to Australian wordlists, acronyms, Aboriginal words and spelling exercises.

Internet Picture Dictionary
Find pictures to match words for ESL students and English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners.

Language Guide
Audio Pictionary to help learners experience basic vocabulary in a fun way.

lexicool.com
Links to free online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries.

List of approved acronyms & abbreviations
A - Z listing of Australian acronyms and abbreviations from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Macmillan Dictionary
Free online dictionary with theseaurus. You can also listen to the spoken form of each word.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary
Find a list of words and phrases that match your keyword.

QuickLinks - World
Access online dictionaries and grammars in a range of community languages. Find the country the language is spoken in and then link to available resources.

Visual dictionary
Search by word or image to get descriptions of different items and concepts.

Word for Word
Origins of unusual words and phrases, plus discussion of words and their meanings.

yourDictionary.com
Links to over 2500 dictionaries and grammars in 300+ languages.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Activities for ESL Students
Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help learn English as a Second Language.

Breaking News English
Free, ready-to-print lesson plans in 7 levels on current events and news in English.

English Bites
Resources and activities to help you learn and improve your English language skills.

ESL Gold
Resources for teachers and learners of English language skills. Activities organized by skill and learner level.

Interesting Things for ESL Students
A fun study site for ESL students. Access to word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang and proverbs.

Learning English with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
AMEP provides basic English language tuition to migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds to help them settle in Australia.

News in levels
News for students of English. Includes audio and video material plus student exercises.

Prospect: An Australian Journal of Teaching/Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Online magazine about research and professional issues in TESOL and applied linguistics, including the adult and school sectors.

The Internet TESL Journal
International online magazine updated monthly. Links to support resources including lessons plans, classroom handouts and teaching ideas.

The Reading Matrix
Resources about reading and writing for adult learners, especially ESL and international students. Links to interactive activities covering reading, grammar, speaking and listening skills plus online magazines and dictionaries.

UsingEnglish.com
ESL tools & resources for teachers and learners.

Finding information

Finding information for English Language Skills
Library guide to finding the topic information you need when you want it.

MyLanguage portal
Multilingual search tool to help find information in over sixty languages spoken in Australia.

Human rights

Its your right!
Teaching resource about human rights and responsibilities in Australia for adult ESL learners. Includes print and multimedia items.

QuickLinks - Welfare - Human rights
Links to information about human rights issues.

Languages

ABC Online Education Gateway: Languages
Links to ABC Online information and programs to help you learn and improve your skills in English and other languages.

Learning English
Information, quizzes, grammar, vocabulary, audio and video clips to help you learn and improve your English.

Magazines

SOON Online Magazine - the easy international ESL Ezine
Free world-wide easy-English literature programme.

Quotations

Quotations @ bartleby.com
Searchable listing of contemporary and classic quotations.

Quotations page
Searchable listing of quotations.

Quoteland.com
Find quotations by topic or keyword search.

Readers

E-Readers
Links to electronic readers and support resources for a range of adult reading levels. Created at Taree Community College using stories by students, the e-readers are narrated and can be printed or viewed online.

Reading

Children's Book Council of Australia
Information about children's books, authors, illustrators, and reading.

Children's Book Week
Celebrated in Australia each year in mid to late August. Links to recommended and winning books plus theme resources.

First Tuesday Book Club
ABC TV's nationally televised book, club broadcast on the first Tuesday of each month.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS)
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) organises this event in September every year to promote reading, literacy, Australian writers and publishers plus storytime activities.

Reading skills
Advice on analysing, skimming and scanning skills from RMIT. Includes access to reading activities.

What should I read next?
Enter the name of an author or a book title you like to get a list of recommended titles you may like to read.

Teaching & learning

AMEP Fact Sheets - by Subject
Information on language and literacy teaching strategies, issues and pronunciation for teachers.

Writing, spelling & grammar

GrammarBook.com
Rules of English grammar and punctuation. Includes examples and quizzes.

OWL: Handouts: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Links to help on creative writing plus how to write reports, essays and job applications.

Spelling it Right - Learn to Spell Confidently
Links to worksheets to help teach spelling skills.

Writing skills
Tutorials and tips to help with essential writing skills presented by RMIT.