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Links - Adult ESL Resources (Australian)

Here are some links to adult ESL resources, which are either Australian or suitable for use in Australia. All of these websites have free resources on them, and some are totally free! I've started compiling this, so there's more to come soon.


The brand new AMEPOnline website was released in July 2023. The work is a collaboration of LWA, Skills Leap Australia and the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Aligned to the EAL Framework, there are independent eLearning modules across five levels, from beginner (Course in EAL) all the way up to Certificate III. The modules are mobile-friendly, but are also great to use on the computer. Students can work on these modules either independently or in class. It is completely free and there are no logins required. I was lucky enough to be on the project team as an instructional designer. I primarily worked on Course in Initial EAL, Course in EAL and the 'Stay Safe' modules.

AMEPOnline - Teacher Resources, English Ready

The AMEPOnline website also hosts the new 'English Ready' printable eBooks (2023), a set of resources also aligned to the EAL Framework (Course in EAL, which is a high beginner level). These books cover the EAL units thoroughly and are suitable for classroom use. In addition to English, there are plenty of numeracy resources as well. There is also a good selection of other free downloads.

AMEP Resources

These are free AMEP resources organised by topics, such as money, health and housing. There are several downloadable PDF worksheets and flashcards for each topic. The resources cover all levels from pre-beginner to intermediate. (2011)

SBS Learn English

Videos, podcasts and articles for English learners. 

ABC Learn English

Videos and articles for English learners. Suitable for higher-level learners. 

The Book Next Door

A great range of ESL eBooks, hard-copy books and audio files. There are stories, puzzles and more. The site offers a complete free eBook - 'My Job is the Best', as well as a generous selection of free samples of other resources. The resources are printable/photocopiable, making it easy to share with students. By Clare Harris.

English Express

English Express has two eBooks for beginners (ACSF Pre-level B / Course in EAL / A2): 'Beginner Workbook' and 'My Busy Day'. The 'Beginner Workbook' is topic-based, and is supported by animated videos for listening practise and language modelling. In 'My Busy Day', people describe their occupation, and all the sentences are accompanied by pictures. The resources are printable and shareable. The site include free resources, sample chapters as well as the online bookstore. By Bernard Miles.

The 'Initial EAL Workbook' is a comprehensive eBook aligned to the Course in Initial EAL, for adult beginner learners of English. The book is organised according to the units of the course. It is printable and shareable for teachers' convenience. There are plenty of free resources on the site. By Assunta Crupi-Pogliano.

Essentials for English

This website provides phonics resources for adults learners of English. There are free PowerPoints and handouts, as well as videos. The images used to teach phonics are appropriate for adults.

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