Any resource that has a touch (or more) of humour.

Conversation skills with Tennant and Tate!

Submitted by Jan Long on Thu, 2012-09-27 13:13

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

Free tags: Humour

Context: Education, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points

Based on an hilarious Comics Relief YouTube clip. A great way to get students to look at conversations in speaking and listening or to look at humour, irony and sarcasm.

You can vary the questions or just use them as a discussion prompt. I have found it works well with lower level learners and with higher ones as well. Even students who don’t like the shows or the people will have some comments

News Report: Man Steals ATM with Forklift

Submitted by Marion Martin on Mon, 2012-05-14 20:26

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1

Free tags: Humour

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A short reading adapted from an online news report. Exercises include comprehension questions, placing sentences in the correct order, matching words and phrases and a fill the gap exercise. Answer sheet included.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to E2 Functional English (reading) with extra teaching tips.

Persuasion cards

Submitted by Anne Waddington on Sat, 2012-01-21 14:13

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Present information

Free tags: Humour

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity

Cards that can be laminated and used over and over again for speaking and listening using persuasive language. Ideal for Functional Skills English speaking, listening and communication practice.

Steer clear of swooping magpies

Submitted by Craig Sullivan on Tue, 2011-08-30 21:18

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Free tags: Australia, Humour

Context: Animal care, farming & equine, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Crossword, Reading comprehension

Another great set of three comprehension resources from Australia. Each with a related, differentiated crossword puzzle.

Zoe car L1 practice exam questions

Submitted by Ginny Anderson on Sat, 2011-06-18 16:48

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Ww/L1.1

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: Humour

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Revision material

L1 literacy / ESOL practice on a slightly humorous BBC News article. It covers the main areas my learners have issues with: spelling, true or false and synonyms. With answer sheet.

Percy Hargreaves - stickler for literacy

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2011-06-16 18:54

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Humour

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

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Pass Percy’s three point test and then complete his informative and persuasive writing tasks!

ck words

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Sat, 2011-06-11 12:30

Literacy: Fiction, Follow and understand, Apply strategies to spell correctly, Rw/E1.2

Free tags: Humour

Level: E1

Resource type: Crossword, Flash cards, Shared text, Sort or match cards

An outstanding resource for E1 emerging readers. Based on a humorous story, this set of multi-sensory phonics activities includes a 2 page story; detailed tutor notes; various sets of word cards for spelling, reading, rhyming, listening/speaking and alphabetical order activities; and a crossword.

Hani and Layla go shopping

Submitted by Jibrail Hogan on Wed, 2011-05-25 18:55

ESOL: ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Rs/E2.1b

Free tags: Humour

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Cloze exercise

E1-E2 ESOL gap fill exercise that focuses on personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, they) and possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its, our, their). Lovely real life style story with a touch of humour.

Would you rather...? Warm up

Submitted by Charlotte Gustar on Wed, 2011-04-13 20:13

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Free tags: Humour

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Warm-up

This is a fun, short warm up activity to energise learners at the start of the lesson. It asks students to make a decision on a question and either stand up or sit down depending on their views.

I use it with my Foundation learners, as I teach them maths at 9am in the morning and sometimes they need a short activity to engage them!

Two different versions are included. Some of the questions are not for the faint-hearted but all can be easily edited to suit your own learners.

Speech marks

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Fri, 2011-03-11 00:36

Literacy: Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4

Free tags: Humour, Royal wedding

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

One handout with the main rules of using speech marks and one worksheet for learners to practise applying these rules.

I used these with a strong L1 literacy group who had little prior knowledge of the rules for speech marks. They generally did well with re-writing some unpunctuated sentences I gave them but got a bit confused with the attached exercise on Prince William and Kate Middleton (they used speech marks inside the speech bubbles). This may need to be demonstrated in front of the group first.

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