Hands on! A collection of ESL literacy activities

This collection of activities was developed for instructors working with adult ESL learners who have had little or no opportunity to develop reading and writing skills.


The chapters focus on topics usually explored in any adult ESL class, although references are made to areas and names within Nova Scotia. The primary focus of this resource is to provide a thematic-based approach to learning reading and writing. This book is not a curriculum, but one of many resources that can be used to teach learners how to read and write.

Chapters 1–5 are in sequential order for learners at a very basic level. Each of these five chapters builds on the previous chapter. Chapters 6–14 are in no particular order and should be selected according to learners’ level, needs and interests.