ESOL Rw/E3.5a

Use a variety of reading strategies to help read and understand an increasing range of unfamiliar words (i) Use a range of strategies to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words, e.g. knowledge of the overall context, and looking at the words surrounding the unknown word (ii) Decide how important it is to understand a particular word and use a dictionary as necessary (iii) Use a variety of strategies to help to read unfamiliar words, e.g. visual, phonic, structural and contextual clues (iv) Apply knowledge of sound and letter patterns and of structure of words, including compounds, root words, grammatical endings, prefixes, suffixes and syllable divisions, in order to help decode words (v) Use knowledge of word families to guess the meaning of unknown words (vi) Make use of phonemic transcription in dictionaries to learn the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word

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.

Compound word card match

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-13 21:32

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.5

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Ww/E3.1a

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Sport

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3

This is a resource for teaching compound words to mixed ability groups. There are five different word match activities and two help sheets.

I use the first two activities, sports and food, with E1-2 learners. Depending on their ability you can either give the learners both topics at once or give them one at a time to make the activity easier. For very low level students I’d give the learners one topic at a time and a help sheet.

Root word family cards

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-06 10:12

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.1, Rw/L1.3, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.3a, ESOL Rw/E3.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Rw/L1.1a, ESOL Rw/L1.3a, ESOL Ww/E2.1b, ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Flash cards, Sort or match cards

Root word family cards are two sets of flash cards that can be used to visualise the concept of root words to entry level and L1 students.

The entry level cards contain a number of root words and their word families, with a picture representation of each word. The level one sheet contains a higher level of vocabulary and the pictures have been removed.

Lesson Ideas

  • The cards could be given to the students to group into word families.

Root words card game

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Sun, 2011-08-21 10:55

Literacy: Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.5

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.3a, ESOL Rw/E3.5a

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Game, Quiz

This is a card game that tests students understanding and knowledge of root words. The game can be played as a whole class or in small groups but works best if the tutor sits in on the game in order to support the students and question their answers.

There are 12 cards in the pack which includes a variety of questions including true or false and spot the root word.

ch words

Submitted by Sonia Carroll on Mon, 2010-06-07 21:13

Literacy: Rw/E3.5

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E3.5a

Level: E3

Resource type: Flash cards, Worksheet or assignment

A very useful set of flashcards (with teaching ideas) and accompanying worksheet to help learners decode words with the three different ‘ch’ phonemes (e.g. as in stomach, pinch and chef). For E3 Literacy/ESOL.

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