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Useful texts for English language learners

Useful texts for English language learners

Primary (print) | Primary (online) | Secondary (print) | Secondary (online)

These texts are suitable for English language learners in primary and secondary.

Primary (print)

  • Selections Series: This series of collected texts, audio, and teachers' notes has been developed for English language learners in years 7 to 13. They have been sent free to schools with students in years 7-13 who receive ESOL funding.
    • 2003 - Insects, Making It Happen, and Teachers' Notes
    • 2004 - The Gardener, No Skipper!, The Great Car Clean-out, Mum's Octopus, Maui and the Sun, Roxy, My Bike, The Water Boatman, and Teachers' Notes
    • 2005 - Animal Rescue, Coping with Crises, Teachers' Notes, and Selections CD 2005
    • 2006 - Wibble Wobble, Albatross!, A Gift for Aunty Ngā, Undersea Gardens, Purr-fect!, Inside the Maize Maze, Duckling Palace, The Ant and the Grasshoppers, The Longest Scarf in the World, Selections CD 2006, and Teachers' Notes
    • 2007 - Design in Action, Maths in Action, and Selections CD 2007
    • 2008 - Who's for Dinner?, Divers' Dream, Wind, What is a Bee?, Keeping the Past Alive, The Time Capsule, and Teachers' Notes
  • Focus on English is a series for new learners of English supporting the curriculum in mathematics, science and social studies. This series is available from Down the Back of the Chair.
  • Tupu: A series of books and audiotapes for teachers and students of all curriculum and interest levels. The resources are set in both the Pacific nations and in New Zealand, and many deal with the issues involved with moving between these settings. Each title is published as an original text in one of five Pacific languages - Cook Islands Maori, Niuean, Samoan, Tokelauan, and Tongan - and translated into the other four. These are available from Down the Back of the Chair.
  • Connected: A series of readers that help primary schoolchildren understand mathematics, science, and technology that they encounter in their everyday lives.
  • Windows on Literacy Readers: These texts focus on science, social studies and technology. Look also at the momentum readers - graded series of factual and fictional readers.
  • My home now: Migrants and refugees to New Zealand tell their stories. Edited by Thomas and McKenzie, published by Cape Catley Ltd, 2005.: This very readable book of 47 stories written by or with migrants and refugees from all parts of the globe documents the history of migrants being asked how they find New Zealand almost as soon as they step off the boat.

Primary (online)

  • Fairy Tale Land: This site is aimed at Year 1 and 2 students but there are some activities relevant to older students. Students can read (and sometimes listen to) tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk and complete related reading and writing activities.
  • Story Place: Try the digital books, interactive resources, and activities.

Secondary (print)

  • From there to here (PDF 2MB) : A collection of writing from young people who came to New Zealand from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Use these stories as models for writing by your students.
  • Selections Series: This series of collected texts, audio, and teachers' notes has been developed for English language learners in years 7 to 13. They have been sent free to schools with students in years 7-13 who receive ESOL funding.
    • 2003 - Insects, Making It Happen, and Teachers' Notes
    • 2004 - The Gardener, No Skipper!, The Great Car Clean-out, Mum's Octopus, Maui and the Sun, Roxy, My Bike, The Water Boatman, and Teachers' Notes
    • 2005 - Animal Rescue, Coping with Crises, Teachers' Notes, and Selections CD 2005
    • 2006 - Wibble Wobble, Albatross!, A Gift for Aunty Ngā, Undersea Gardens, Purr-fect!, Inside the Maize Maze, Duckling Palace, The Ant and the Grasshoppers, The Longest Scarf in the World, Selections CD 2006, and Teachers' Notes
    • 2007 - Design in Action, Maths in Action, and Selections CD 2007
    • 2008 - Who's for Dinner?, Divers' Dream, Wind, What is a Bee?, Keeping the Past Alive, The Time Capsule, and Teachers' Notes
    • 2009 - New Zealand at War, Teachers Notes, and audio files Access the Selections 2009 Teachers' Notes and audio files
  • Applications: Real-life stories that present science and technological concepts within meaningful contexts.
  • Choices Series: High-interest reading material, at around an 8- to 10-year-old reading level, for students in years 9 and 10.
    • 2006 Danger - includes teacher notes aimed at teachers of ESOL students (reprint available for schools with ESOL-funded international students) 2006 Looking Cool; The Way Ahead
    • 2005 Drive; Up from the Ashes
    • 2004 Move It # 30170; Sounds Great # 30169
    • 2003 Branching Out # 27388 and Getting the Message Across #27387
    • 2002 Fear # 26603 and Mountains #26602
  • Electronic Storybooks: The electronic storybook CD-ROMs are published in two series - one series for years 7 to 10 students, and one series for years 5 to 6 students. Both series were developed for native speaking English students who are not proficient readers, but they are suitable for use with ESOL students. The latest electronic storybooks (Creepy and Other Stories, years 7-10) have interactive CD Roms with audio track designed for ESOL students.
  • Tupu: A series of books and audiotapes for teachers and students of all curriculum and interest levels. The resources are set in both the Pacific nations and in New Zealand, and many deal with the issues involved with moving between these settings. Each title is published as an original text in one of five Pacific languages - Cook Islands Maori, Niuean, Samoan, Tokelauan, and Tongan - and translated into the other four.
  • Windows on Literacy Readers: These texts focus on science, social studies and technology. Look also at the momentum readers - graded series of factual and fictional readers.

Secondary (online)

  • Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War: Real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived living in war zones. Interactive site with teaching resources that are aimed at mainstream students.

Published on: 06 Jun 2009




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