ESOL Ww/E3.1a

Apply knowledge of spelling to a wide range of common words and special- interest vocabulary (i) Develop knowledge of personalised special-interest vocabulary. (ii) Develop range of lexis and collocations for contexts needed in various aspects of learners' lives (iii) Develop awareness of the complexity of the sound-symbol relationship in English spelling, e.g. words with silent letters knife, lamb (iv) Understand that some words are spelt the same but said differently (homograph), e.g. read (present) read (past) (v) Understand that some words sound the same but are spelt differently (homophones), e.g. red, read (vi) Develop knowledge of common spelling patterns, e.g. walk, talk, could, would, silent e and, where appropriate to the learner, develop knowledge of rules that may help them analyse regularities (vii) Understand how word families are built up through addition of prefixes and suffixes, e.g. suffixes for adjectives and adverbs (-er, -est, -ful/ly), and for nouns (-ment, -ability, -ness, -er); prefixes: un-, dis-, re-, ir-

Compound word card match

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-13 22:32

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 11:12

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.

Plural spelling rules

Submitted by Abigail Iliffe on Sat, 2012-01-07 17:53

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

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

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Visual colour-coded resource, explaining the main plural spelling rules. Created for E2/E3 learners, but could also be useful for all visual learners working between E2-L2.

Includes: colour-coded fact sheet, blank table, worksheet and flash cards to cut out and laminate. Could be used for a number of different activities.

Homophones follow-me game (Tarsia)

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Mon, 2011-09-05 07:04

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Free tags: Follow me game

Resource type: Tarsia jigsaw

Level: E3, L1, L2

A 12 piece follow me game where homophones must be matched to the correct sentence. A good mix of common and more unusual homophones such as preys/praise/prays and there/their/they’re. First used in a Motor Vehicles Functional English group but suitable for any L1-2 English / literacy group.

Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners play the game (best laminated). As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print a standard or large puzzle (select Output – large, i.e.

There their dominoes

Submitted by Janet Kinsey on Tue, 2011-06-21 17:31

Literacy: Ww/E3.1, Ww/L1.1

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Game

Written for E3-L1 ESOL students but equally suitable for literacy students. Match the two parts together to complete the phrase.

Scan for mistakes - speed test

Submitted by Ginny Anderson on Sun, 2011-06-12 23:38

Literacy: Ww/E3.1, Ww/L1.1

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A timed 2-minute speed test where learners must find and circle the correct spelling (4 options are provided for each spelling).

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