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EAL at the Library: AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme

Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia. Brave, lion-hearted, charismatic Constance, a mother of six, confronts her painful past in war torn Sudan, and risks everything in Australia so her family can thrive. Mary, Constance’s niece, finds it impossible to find a job. Vicky, her daughter, studies every morning from 4am, hoping to get into university. Charles, 23, is struggling with alienation and depression.

Constance on the Edge gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience it takes to build new lives. The film also highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of belonging and enabling participation for everyone.

A copy of the DVD is available from the Preston campus library.  

This documentary highlights the experiences of 2 refugee families and how they settle into Australian life.

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Library Services for Volunteer Tutors

Epping Extended Hours Lab

AMEP volunteer tutors have access to the following Library services and resources:

Borrowing resources

Visit any MP library to be enrolled as a 'community borrower'. You will then be able to borrow resources for as long as you are registered as a volunteer tutor with Melbourne Polytechnic.

Using online resources

You will be able to view online training videos off-site. To access additional online resources you will need to be in one of the Melbourne Polytechnic campus libraries.

Printing & photocopying

Printing and photocopying are available at all campus libraries (a small charge will apply). Library staff will assist with this.

Lesson plans & worksheets

These websites provide links to resources that can be used to support work with students.


The new home of online English learning.
Including resources for learners and teachers.

AMEP Volunteer Tutor Topic Packs

An overview of the 2011 Volunteer topic packs is available at the bottom of this page.

English language for living in Australia

Produced by the Edmund Rice Centre WA, this website features downloadable course materials aimed at developing reading, writing, literacy and speaking skills of recently arrived adult migrants and refugees.

Minnesota Literacy Council's

This website provides tutor resources to assist pre-ESL learners in the areas of pronunciation, reading and phonics. 

EFL / ESL lessons and lesson plan

This source covers subjects including conversational English, culture, games, listening & much more.

TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language)

The TEFL website includes ESL lesson plans including talking-point and topic-based plans, and ESL worksheets.

Image source: Zsuzsa, NK 2008, School, (copied and communicated under licence