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Welcome to the English Language Growth Resource:

Welcome to the English Language Growth Resource: 

Project summary

Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

  • Module 1: Staying motivated about your English. Module 1 introduces students to the importance of one’s motivation and beliefs and how these factors can have an impact on one’s learning.
  • Module 2: Using your English. Module 2 introduces students to opportunities where they might use their English more and how to cope in these situations. This module also alerts users to consider how much they are actually using English in their day-to-day lives and how this might be increased.
  • Module 3: Studying in English. This module covers strategies of value for academic learning, such as, social strategies (learning with groups, friends, etc), cognitive strategies (actual ways to expand knowledge) and metacognitive strategies (ways to organise one’s learning).
  • Module 4: What your lecturers expect of you. In Module 4 advice is provided about the expectations of lecturers. This information focuses in particular on the value of time commitment and exposure to the discipline area through extended reading.
  • Module 5: Strategies for you to try. Module 5 is the longest module and includes strategies for improving the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This module also includes a section on developing one’s vocabulary for better discipline understanding and information literacy.

Find the modules here

Writing, Grammar & Vocabulary
Listening and Speaking
Plagiarism and Referencing
Activities and Quizzes
Learning and Study skills

Edith Cowan University

University of Melbourne

Macquarie University

Deakin University

What a teacher librarian can do for you

What a teacher librarian can do for you


Study Skills (Ergo, Diigo)

Research skills
Learn how to improve your skills to get the best information and results.
Study skills
Learn how to stop procrastinating, reduce stress, and get ready for exams

Essay writing skills

Learn how to analyse your question, then plan and write a great essay.

Web 2.0 tools


RDA new cataloging rules

As the implementation of RDA approaches in April SCIS felt it would be good to provide a compilation of our Connections articles and blogs on this topic so far.

In Connections 83 we published  Why new rules, and what has it got to do with me? by Renate Beilharz from Box Hill Institute

As part of the SCIS consultation on 4 December 2012 Renate also provided an introduction to Resource Description and Access (RDA)  and its benefits for education libraries which we  blogged about .  Click here for the slide share of Renate’s presentations

SCIS, along with the library world globally is preparing for the first major cataloging standards change to take place since the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, second edition (AACR2) were released in 1978.  You can find out more on SCIS implementation of RDA here

More information about RDA is available on the website of the Australian Committee on cataloging.  You will also find a helpful overview on RDA on Wikipedia

 Cake toasting the launch of RDA and RDA Toolkit

Celebrating the launch of RDA and RDA Toolkit at ALA10
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read my tweets on using web 2.0 for learning and assessment (to lazy to blog over 140 characters LOL)

English Dept. going to use a wiki to showcase student work

Did a wiki for the Heidelberg Project – teachers are finally biting the bullet on web 2.0

developed a blog for the year 12 grls to discuss their ideas for the end of year theme

great assignment with VCAL grls developing a business website with googlesites. last year they mocked them up on MSPublisher

web 2.0 and me

 Perspectives on Learning: Leveraging the Potential of a hyper-connected world


On Monday 23rd  I attended a SLAV conference entitled Perspectives on Learning featuring Will Richardson from the United States.


Will is a leading educator in the understanding and implementation of Web 2.0 strategies in schools. He argues that ‘Learning in the 21st century is all about networks and the connections we can make to other learners and teachers both in our communities and around the globe. But being literate in this new learning environment requires more than knowing how to read and write, it requires us to edit, publish, collaborate, create and connect in the process of building our own personal learning spaces’


Inspired by Will I decided to blog and work with the teachers at my school and make them aware of Web 2.0 and its potential for learning.  This blog will be about how one teacher librarian raises awareness within his school

I have started a Library Web 2.0 Wiki page on the School Portal where I will explore some of the issues, tools and personalities raised by him in his keynote address and in his featured workshop on Podcast, Vodcast, Screencast, LiveStream nation.