Recognise and understand an increasing range of vocabulary, applying knowledge of word structure, related words, word roots, derivations, borrowings (a) Understand that some words are related to each other in form and meaning, and use this knowledge to help understand new words (b) Understand that prefixes and base/stem/root words can provide clues to meaning (c) Understand that languages borrow words from each other (d) Understand that suffixes can provide clues to word class

A Thesaurus is NOT a Dinosaur

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Mon, 2013-09-30 19:31

Literacy: Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/L1.3a, ESOL Rw/L2.3a

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Intro to using a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms.

Chinese customs

Submitted by Philip Mansfield on Sun, 2012-04-29 14:36

Literacy: Rs/L2.1, Rt/L1.4, Rt/L1.5, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.7, Rw/L1.1, Rw/L1.2, Rw/L1.3

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level 1 / Level 2 resource for literacy students exploring Chinese customs. This has proved to be a popular resource with my students. Includes: reading, dictionary work, comprehension and grammatical knowledge with a fun part where learners find their Chinese horoscope animal.

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.

Root words, suffixes and prefixes

Submitted by Helen Holt on Wed, 2012-01-25 18:26

Literacy: Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: E3, L1

This colourful PowerPoint aims to teach learners about the structure of words in the English language. Numerous examples are given to help learners think of their own root words, suffixes and prefixes.

Synonyms, antonyms and acronyms

Submitted by Helen Holt on Wed, 2012-01-25 12:49

Literacy: Rw/L1.1, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Interactive whiteboard, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

This resource explores the differences between synonyms, antonyms and acronyms.
It includes an introductory PPT, a sorting activity with synonym cards, a Smart Notebook activity for interactive whiteboards, an antonym work sheet, and a synonym writing exercise.

I have found this a great resource for encouraging learners to explore a greater range of vocabulary, use dictionary and thesuarus skills, improve spelling and encourage descriptive

Vocabulary builder

Submitted by Ginny Anderson on Sun, 2011-06-12 23:20

Literacy: Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.3, Word origins

ESOL: ESOL Rw/L1.3a, ESOL Rw/L2.3a

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Challenging multiple choice quiz of vocabulary “borrowed” from other languages such as French, Greek and Italian. Words and phrases include: fait accompli, deja vu, ad hoc, bric-a-brac and many more. Makes a good warm up and could be used with small groups or individually.

Formal and informal language Tarsia jigsaws

Submitted by Jo Collins on Mon, 2011-06-06 20:50

Literacy: Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.2, Rw/L2.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Tarsia jigsaw

Level: L1, L2

Two Tarsia puzzles based around formal and informal language. Guaranteed to prompt discussion as learners solve the puzzles. I suggest that the smaller one (16 piece triangle) is roughly at L1 and the larger on (24 piece hexagon) is at L2. I have duplicated some of my word choices from Imogen Stewart’s excellent ‘Little Britain’ (Language: formal, informal or slang?) resource which was also about formal and informal language (see link below).

Parts of speech activity

Submitted by Ruth North on Mon, 2011-04-18 19:55

Literacy: Rs/E2.2, Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1, Rs/L2.1, Rw/L1.2, Rw/L1.3

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

This activity is in two parts.Firstly, learners should use the cards to match the words to their meanings. Next they should use the fill in worksheet to give an example for each one. Full instructions included.In addition to parts of speech it also includes synonym and homophone terms.

The quiet life in a child-free village

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Mon, 2011-03-28 21:44

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rw/L1.2, Rw/L1.3, Writing: text focus (composition)

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Level: L1

Based on a 2010 BBC News article about Firhall village in the Scottish Highlands.The exercises include comprehension exercises, anagrams based on different parts of speech, finding alternative vocabulary and a short writing task.

Tsunami comprehension

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Fri, 2011-03-11 14:10

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A comprehension exercise in response to the earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan. To be used along with research tasks or discussion.

Introduce the lesson with a discussion about the events surrounding the earthquake and some BBC footage.

The students need to be given the information without the questions to encourage them to read fully – this is not a scanning exercise.

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