ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

John's Crazy Socks

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2018-01-21 17:32

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Follow and understand, Plan, compose and draft, Identify main points and detail, Rw/L1.2, Use reading strategies, Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: disability rights, Down's Syndrome, Equality and Diversity, inclusion

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

In the activity, there are six tasks – prediction, vocabulary, comprehension (reading for gist and detail), gap filling (missing headlines), discussion and writing (a social media comment).

Word Wheel Template (editable)

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Mon, 2018-01-08 20:56

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Recognise and understand a range of words, Apply strategies to spell correctly

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Stretch & Challenge

Resource type: Cut and stick, Hands-on / practical activity, Resource generator, Teaching idea, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

This is a basic editable word wheel which you can print, cut out and attach together with a brass paper fastener.
Learners can concentrate on one word at a time. Word wheels can be used for building vocabulary, spelling practice and much more. Suitable for all levels of Functional Skills and ESOL.
Instructions and ideas are included within the PPT.

Sentences using homographs

Submitted by Elizabeth Henderson on Wed, 2017-12-06 17:56

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.5, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: biography

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech.

Classroom objects - reading bingo game

Submitted by Jacqui Garrett on Fri, 2016-05-13 18:19

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Rw/E1.1, Rw/E1.2

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism

Level: M8, E1

A game of bingo to practise reading (not listening to) the names of classroom objects. There are 16 different bingo cards and a page of word cards to be held up by the teacher. (Alternatively the teacher could write the words (one at a time) on the class whiteboard.
For a different take on this game (where names are called out) see Classroom Objects & Numbers bingo game written by Jacqui’s colleague Sian Evans (scroll down to “See also”).
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Food collocations

Submitted by Sian Evans on Sun, 2016-05-08 19:30

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Reading

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: collocations, food

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

Worksheet designed to revise / practise collocations of food.

Health related role play and conversation

Submitted by Adele Harris on Tue, 2016-03-08 23:58

Literacy: Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Independent living

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

I have been covering how to make an appointment with the GP and taking part in a role play with the GP with my ESOL group, so I have prepared these materials.

My courses are not accredited, so I don’t know how this fits into the ESOL SFL criteria and my classes are, inevitably, a mix of Pre-Entry and E1 learners. Hope it might be useful.

Editors note
Ideal for E1-2 ESOL and also some adult literacy learners.

Nationalities word search

Submitted by Jo Bowler on Mon, 2012-09-24 11:47

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: nationalities, nationality

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Wordsearch

This simple wordsearch is ideal for ESOL beginners and E1-2 Literacy. Nationalities included are Polish, Bangladeshi, Italian, Japanese, South African, Chinese, British, Egyptian and Irish. The chosen nationalities give examples of the most common suffixes -ish, -i, -ian, -n and -ese.

'Shun' suffixes card sort

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Wed, 2012-02-29 20:49

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Apply strategies to spell correctly, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Sort or match cards

This is a set of ‘shun’ suffix word cards to accompany the “Which suffix -cian -ssion, sion or tion?” resource (see below).

Print the sheets onto card or have them laminated, then cut up the individual root word cards for learners to sort under the correct headings.

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