Two individuals engaging in tablet-based reading.


ESOL resource collection to support educators and learners

29 September 2023 ESOL, Supporting learners, Supporting staff, Youth Guarantee, Adult and community education, Learning Progressions

Ako Aotearoa has recently developed a resource collection in partnership with ESOL (English as a Second Language) educator Celia Hope.

Celia has created digital read-along stories for beginning ESOL learners and learners who are beginning readers.

Learners can listen to the stories as they read along by clicking on an audio icon. The stories can also be downloaded.

The initial set of three stories includes:

The best way for beginning readers to improve their reading skills is to have lots of reading practice. These resources were created to address the lack of ESOL learning material that is at the right difficulty level, targeted at adults, and with a New Zealand context.

Celia has been teaching (early childhood education, adult ESOL and language, literacy, and numeracy) for more than 40 years. As well as teaching in New Zealand, she taught for 2 years in Thailand and part-time while living in Canada.

When she returned to New Zealand, she started teaching ESOL literacy to women, mostly from refugee backgrounds in a course informally called ‘Migrant Mothers’ – which was held at Hamilton East School. The course was started by Wintec, then later became an English Language Partners ESOL literacy course. Celia taught this course for 14 years.

You can find this resource collection in the Knowledge Centre of our website.