ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment
A reading comprehension activity, based on an extract from a Guardian article on the value of smart meters. Questions cover the following skills: reading for gist, skimming, scanning, identifying the use of a pronoun, vocabulary matching and inferring. Suitable for Entry 3 – Level 1.
Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Game, Sort or match cards
An E3- L2 Set of ‘follow-me’ cards that can be used by a group of learners or as a domino card match ‘loop’ for an individual learner. Serves as a supplementary / plenary resource to identifying and defining common phrases/sayings.
Free tags: New Year
Context: News, Politics &Government items
Resource type: Reading comprehension
A simplified and adapted version of Laura Bell’s New Year Resource (which is aimed at E3-L2).
This version is aimed at E2-E3 and is a reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.
To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also.
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment
This worksheet was created to encourage students to recognize the features of written instructions (numbered lists to show the chronological order of the steps – use of imperative verbs) and explanations (headings written as questions which the text answers).
Functional English mapping has been added.
Literacy: Functional English - reading
Resource type: Reading comprehension
This is a reading exercise I will be using with my L1-2 readers here in the U.S.
My students all speak Spanish as their first language and there are many Spanish cognates in the text. We have also been working on “who/what/when/where/why” questions in class, so that is the focus of the questions.
Editor’s note Also suitable for Functional English.
Context: Animal care & Equine, Voluntary & Charity
Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
This Blue Cross resource was written for strong E3 or L1 (or even L2) ESOL learners. I first used it as a homework exercise. The English on the site is a little quirky but it is an exercise using authentic material which always has its upsides and downsides.
However, it is good on human interests and most people like animals. It involves ICT, Reading and Writing. It’s best to pre-teach the vocabulary.
Also ideal for, and fully mapped to, Functional Skills English Level 1 reading and writng.
Literacy: Speaking & Listening
Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment
Set of speaking prompts / paired dialogue sheets and other related worksheets for Entry 1 ESOL. Students can practise reading the conversation in pairs, complete the missing speech bubbles and answer the comprehension questions. Based on a conversation between two male college students. With many photographs and picture prompts.
ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Rw/E1.1a
Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Humour
Context: Independent living
Resource type: Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Writing prompts
Housework is a set of three related resources:
Housework is a very funny video (with a rather predictable ending!) accompanied by words and jolly music and designed to introduce, complement or summarise the two related resources below.
Although aimed at M8-E2, ESOL/Literacy groups of all levels will enjoy this video and it is bound to prompt disucssion. Supplied as a zipped WMV (Windows Media Video) file (6.8 MB).