English For Life


Bible based English lessons

Many churches are reaching out to their culturally diverse neighbours with friendship, English lessons and the good news about Jesus. To support churches in this valuable ministry, Anglicare’s Cross Cultural Services has partnered with Bible Society Australia to produce English teaching resources.

 Here you can find resources at Beginner, High Beginner and Intermediate levels for face-to-face and/or online delivery.

 Within any student group, there is always a range of competency. Therefore, all three levels cater for a wide range of ability. Within the resources, broad categories allow scope for teachers to adapt lessons according to their context.

 The Beginner level does not cater for absolute beginning speakers/readers of English. It is simplified as much as possible while maintaining the integrity of the biblical text. Whenever possible, teachers are encouraged to provide students with the Bible text in their heart language.

Ruth

God's Kindness in Ruth

Three Bible-based English lessons

Written by Sarah Brown
Illustrations by Jemima Nichols

A Bible text informs the language and thematic content for these lessons, and each lesson contains two parts:

  • Part 1 is a general English component on a topic relevant to students’ everyday lives and closely connected in theme and language to the Bible text in Part 2. Part 1 activates knowledge, generates interest, and builds language and concepts relevant to students’ lives and the Bible text.
  • Part 2 guides students to read, comprehend and discuss a paraphrased Bible text.

Lessons include a suite of simple, print-friendly sketches. These black-and-white sketches sequence the Bible narrative in the Beginner and High Beginner books and provide a pictorial summary for the Intermediate book.

LESSON PREVIEW (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

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IntroIntro
Lesson 1 - Family / An important family in the Bible — Ruth 1:1–18 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 2 - Protection / Boaz protects Ruth — Ruth 1:16–2:23LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 3 - Ancestors / Ancestors of Jesus —Ruth 4:1–22LessonPowerpoints

Luke

Luke 1-5

Ten Bible-based English lessons

Written by Sarah Brown
Illustrations by Jemima Nichols

A Bible text informs the language and thematic content for these lessons, and each lesson contains two parts:

  • Part 1 is a general English component on a topic relevant to students’ everyday lives and closely connected in theme and language to the Bible text in Part 2. Part 1 activates knowledge, generates interest, and builds language and concepts relevant to students’ lives and the Bible text.
  • Part 2 guides students to read, comprehend and discuss a paraphrased Bible text.

Lessons include a suite of simple, print-friendly sketches. These black-and-white sketches sequence the Bible narrative in the Beginner and High Beginner books and provide a pictorial summary for the Intermediate book.

LESSON PREVIEW (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Full Lesson Pack All LessonsPowerpoints
IntroIntro
Lesson 1 - Leaving and receiving messages / A message for Mary – Luke 1:26–38LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 2 - Jumping for joy / Mary’s news – Luke 1:39–56LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 3 - Birthplace and a census / The birth of Jesus — Luke 2:1–7LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 4 - Birth announcements / Shepherds hear good news — Luke 2:8–20LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 5 - Watching the clock / Simeon and Anna meet God’s king —
Luke 2:22–40
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Lesson 6 - Childhood / Twelve-year-old Jesus — Luke 2:41–52LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 7 - Authority in Australia / Jesus has authority over an evil spirit —
Luke 4:31–37
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Lesson 8 - I’ve got a fever / Jesus heals many —
Luke 4:38–43
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Lesson 9 - I’ve got a rash / Jesus heals a man with leprosy — Luke 5:12–16LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 10 - I’m sorry / Jesus heals and forgives a paralysed man
— Luke 5:17–26
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Meet Jesus

Meet Jesus

Twenty Bible-based English lessons

Written by Sarah Brown

This package of resources is designed to support leaders as they use a storytelling approach in helping people to understand the Bible. First, students are offered a slide deck of text and pictures to support reading with visual literacy. Then, students learn to retell the story using just the pictures. Activities follow to assist students in retelling the story for themselves. Lessons are based on Mike Raiter's Meet Jesus and are offered at three levels - beginner, post-beginner and intermediate.

 

LESSON PREVIEW (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Full Lesson Pack All Lessons
IntroIntro
Lesson 1 - The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-12Lesson
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Lesson 2 - The Visit of the Wise Men – Matthew 2:1-12Lesson
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Lesson 3 - The Baptism of Jesus – Luke 3:16, 21-22Lesson
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Lesson 4 - Jesus Begins His Work – Matthew 4: 12-17Lesson
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Lesson 5 - The Healthy and the Sick – Mark 2:13-17Lesson
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Lesson 6 - The Selfish Son – Luke 15:11-24Lesson
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Lesson 7 -The Pharisee and the Tax Collector – Luke 18:9-14Lesson
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Lesson 8 - The Love Command – John 15:9-14Lesson
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Lesson 9 -The Two Builders – Matthew 7:24-27Lesson
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Lesson 10 -Jesus Tells a Bad Spirit to Leave a Man – Mark 1:21-28Lesson
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Lesson 11 -Jesus Heals the Soldier’s Servant – Luke 7:1-10Lesson
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Lesson 12 -Stopping the Storm – Matthew 8:23-27Lesson
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Lesson 13 -Feeding the Five Thousand – John 6:1-13, 35Lesson
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Lesson 14 -Jesus Raises the Dead – John 11:17-27Lesson
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Lesson 15 -Jesus’ Last Meal – Matthew 26:17, 26-29Lesson
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Lesson 16 -Jesus Dies on a Cross – Mark 15:33-39Lesson
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Lesson 17 -Jesus Forgives a Dying Criminal – Luke 23: 32-33, 39-43Lesson
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Lesson 18 -Jesus Rises from the Dead – Matthew 28:1-10Lesson
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Lesson 19 -The Last Command of Jesus – Matthew 28: 16-20Lesson
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Lesson 20 - Jesus is Taken to Heaven – Acts 1:8-11Lesson
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Get the Meet Jesus book

These lessons are designed to complement Meet Jesus, an 80-page booklet in easy-to-read English, using Wycliffe's EasyEnglish translation. You are welcome to access a digital copy of the booklet. Additionally, we would love to send you up to 20 free copies to use in your ESL classes. Please fill in the form to place an order.

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Ruth

Exploring Life Questions in Ruth

Six Bible-based English lessons

Written by Cailey Raffel
Illustrations by Jemima Nichols

A Bible text informs the language and thematic content for these lessons, and each lesson contains two parts:

  • Part 1 is a general English component on a topic relevant to students’ everyday lives and closely connected in theme and language to the Bible text in Part 2. Part 1 activates knowledge, generates interest, and builds language and concepts relevant to students’ lives and the Bible text.
  • Part 2 guides students to read, comprehend and discuss a paraphrased Bible text.

Lessons include a suite of simple, print-friendly sketches. These black-and-white sketches sequence the Bible narrative in the Beginner and High Beginner books and provide a pictorial summary for the Intermediate book.

LESSON PREVIEW (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Full Lesson Pack All LessonsPowerpoints
IntroIntro
Lesson 1 - Why did you come to Australia? / A decision to leave home — Ruth 1:1–15 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 2 - Belonging. Where do we belong? / Ruth chooses Naomi and her God — Ruth 1:15–2:22 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 3 - Farm to plate. Where does our food come from? / God provides for Naomi and Ruth — Ruth 2:1–13 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 4 - Collections. What do you have a lot of? / Lots of grain and kindness —
Ruth 2:14–23
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Lesson 5 - Protection. What protection do we need? / Boaz protects Ruth and Naomi — Ruth 3:1–18 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 6 - Changes. How do we change over time? / Naomi praises God for her changed life — Ruth 4:1–22 LessonPowerpoints

Meet Jesus

Meet Jesus

Twenty Bible-based English lessons

Written by Sarah Brown

This package of resources is designed to support leaders as they use a storytelling approach in helping people to understand the Bible. First, students are offered a slide deck of text and pictures to support reading with visual literacy. Then, students learn to retell the story using just the pictures. Activities follow to assist students in retelling the story for themselves. Lessons are based on Mike Raiter's Meet Jesus and are offered at three levels - beginner, post-beginner and intermediate.

 

LESSON PREVIEW (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Full Lesson Pack All Lessons
IntroIntro
Lesson 1 - The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-12LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 2 - The Visit of the Wise Men – Matthew 2:1-12LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 3 - The Baptism of Jesus – Luke 3:16, 21-22LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 4 - Jesus Begins His Work – Matthew 4: 12-17LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 5 - The Healthy and the Sick – Mark 2:13-17LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 6 - The Selfish Son – Luke 15:11-24LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 7 -The Pharisee and the Tax Collector – Luke 18:9-14LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 8 - The Love Command – John 15:9-14LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 9 -The Two Builders – Matthew 7:24-27LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 10 -Jesus Tells a Bad Spirit to Leave a Man – Mark 1:21-28LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 11 -Jesus Heals the Soldier’s Servant – Luke 7:1-10LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 12 -Stopping the Storm – Matthew 8:23-27LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 13 -Feeding the Five Thousand – John 6:1-13, 35LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 14 -Jesus Raises the Dead – John 11:17-27LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 15 -Jesus’ Last Meal – Matthew 26:17, 26-29LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 16 -Jesus Dies on a Cross – Mark 15:33-39LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 17 -Jesus Forgives a Dying Criminal – Luke 23: 32-33, 39-43LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 18 -Jesus Rises from the Dead – Matthew 28:1-10LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 19 -The Last Command of Jesus – Matthew 28: 16-20LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 20 - Jesus is Taken to Heaven – Acts 1:8-11LessonPowerpoints

Get the Meet Jesus book

These lessons are designed to complement Meet Jesus, an 80-page booklet in easy-to-read English, using Wycliffe's EasyEnglish translation. You are welcome to access a digital copy of the booklet. Additionally, we would love to send you up to 20 free copies to use in your ESL classes. Please fill in the form to place an order.

Download ebook

Get 20 free copies

Luke

Luke 1-5

Ten Bible-based English lessons

Written by Danielle McGregor
Illustrations by Jemima Nichols

A Bible text informs the language and thematic content for these lessons, and each lesson contains two parts:

  • Part 1 is a general English component on a topic relevant to students’ everyday lives and closely connected in theme and language to the Bible text in Part 2. Part 1 activates knowledge, generates interest, and builds language and concepts relevant to students’ lives and the Bible text.
  • Part 2 guides students to read, comprehend and discuss a paraphrased Bible text.

Lessons include a suite of simple, print-friendly sketches. These black-and-white sketches sequence the Bible narrative in the Beginner and High Beginner books and provide a pictorial summary for the Intermediate book.

LESSON PREVIEW (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Full Lesson Pack All LessonsPowerpoints
IntroIntro
Lesson 1 - A surprising message / A message for Mary – Luke 1:26–38 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 2 - Thankfulness and joy / Mary’s news – Luke 1:39–56 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 3 - Populations and the census / The birth of Jesus — Luke 2:1–7 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 4 - A modern shepherd / Shepherds hear good news — Luke 2:8–20 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 5 - Promises / Simeon and Anna meet God’s king —
Luke 2:22–40
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Lesson 6 - Childhood / Twelve-year-old Jesus — Luke 2:41–52 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 7 - Authority / Jesus has authority over an evil spirit —
Luke 4:31–37
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Lesson 8 - If I could change the worldr / Jesus heals many — Luke 4:38–43 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 9 - Obtaining a medical certificate / Jesus heals a man with leprosy — Luke 5:12–15 LessonPowerpoints
Lesson 10 - An underlying problem / Jesus heals and forgives a paralysed man
— Luke 5:17–26
LessonPowerpoints

Meet Jesus

Meet Jesus

Twenty Bible-based English lessons

Danielle McGregor

This package of resources is designed to support leaders as they use a storytelling approach in helping people to understand the Bible. First, students are offered a slide deck of text and pictures to support reading with visual literacy. Then, students learn to retell the story using just the pictures. Activities follow to assist students in retelling the story for themselves. Lessons are based on Mike Raiter's Meet Jesus and are offered at three levels - beginner, post-beginner and intermediate.

 

LESSON PREVIEW (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Full Lesson Pack All Lessons
IntroIntro
Lesson 1 - The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-12 Lesson
Lesson 2 - The Visit of the Wise Men – Matthew 2:1-12 Lesson
Lesson 3 - The Baptism of Jesus – Luke 3:16, 21-22 Lesson
Lesson 4 - Jesus Begins His Work – Matthew 4: 12-17 Lesson
Lesson 5 - The Healthy and the Sick – Mark 2:13-17 Lesson
Lesson 6 - The Selfish Son – Luke 15:11-24 Lesson
Lesson 7 -The Pharisee and the Tax Collector – Luke 18:9-14 Lesson
Lesson 8 - The Love Command – John 15:9-14 Lesson
Lesson 9 -The Two Builders – Matthew 7:24-27 Lesson
Lesson 10 -Jesus Tells a Bad Spirit to Leave a Man – Mark 1:21-28 Lesson
Lesson 11 -Jesus Heals the Soldier’s Servant – Luke 7:1-10 Lesson
Lesson 12 -Stopping the Storm – Matthew 8:23-27 Lesson
Lesson 13 -Feeding the Five Thousand – John 6:1-13, 35 Lesson
Lesson 14 -Jesus Raises the Dead – John 11:17-27 Lesson
Lesson 15 -Jesus’ Last Meal – Matthew 26:17, 26-29 Lesson
Lesson 16 -Jesus Dies on a Cross – Mark 15:33-39 Lesson
Lesson 17 -Jesus Forgives a Dying Criminal – Luke 23: 32-33, 39-43 Lesson
Lesson 18 -Jesus Rises from the Dead – Matthew 28:1-10 Lesson
Lesson 19 -The Last Command of Jesus – Matthew 28: 16-20 Lesson
Lesson 20 - Jesus is Taken to Heaven – Acts 1:8-11 Lesson

Get the Meet Jesus book

These lessons are designed to complement Meet Jesus, an 80-page booklet in easy-to-read English, using Wycliffe's EasyEnglish translation. You are welcome to access a digital copy of the booklet. Additionally, we would love to send you up to 20 free copies to use in your ESL classes. Please fill in the form to place an order.

Download ebook

Get 20 free copies