ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling (i) Develop knowledge of special-interest lexis (ii) Develop awareness of what lexis is appropriate for which subject and which audience, and apply this in writing (iii) Develop awareness of a range of common collocations, and use them accurately in writing (iv) Spell words with a wide range of spelling patterns accurately, with some consistency (v) Understand that the spelling of homophones is related to meaning and grammar, and use this knowledge to aid spelling (vi) use suffixes (e.g. -ette, -ism, -ic) and prefixes (e.g. hyper-, anti-, pre-, ex-) to build word families, and extend the range of words learners can spell accurately (vii) Develop knowledge and use of spelling rules if this approach suits the learning style of the learner (viii) Use knowledge of word families to help to see similarities in form.

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).

Making plurals

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2008-03-24 16:53

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


Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Flash cards, Worksheet or assignment

Making plurals is a series of 6 worksheets which encourage learners to discover spelling rules for themselves. With lots of ideas for converting to multi-sensory activities and extension work. Covers plurals of: words ending in o, words ending in y, words ending in f or fe, irregular plurals, words ending in hissing sounds (ch, sh, x, etc) and words with no singular form. Aimed at Level 1 but suitable for E3-L2 mixed ability classes including ESOL.

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