Decode simple, regular words (a) Understand that own language experience can be used when reading, to help predict sense and meaning of words (b) Understand that illustrations and other graphics can give clues to the likely meaning of individual words (c) Understand that written words correspond to their spoken equivalents and are composed of letters in combinations, to represent spoken sounds (d) Identify sounds in familiar, regular words from spoken experience, and recognise correspondence between sounds (phonemes) and letters (graphemes)

Alphabet chart for ESOL adults

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Wed, 2017-02-15 14:58

Literacy: Rw/E1.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M6.1, Rw/M7.1, Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.2

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a

General: Dyslexia support

Resource type: Handout or guide, Reference card

Level: M6, M7, M8, E1

A-Z chart of pictures with the corresponding initial sound. I’ve tried to select pictures which Beginner ESOL adults will recognise.

CVC words

Submitted by Hawa Lunat on Sat, 2017-01-07 12:35

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E1.1, Rw/E1.2, Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Reading

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

The first page of this resource will help students to identify consonants and vowels, which then leads onto CVC word building and reading skills.

Pages 2 & 3 have two short texts that my students enjoyed very much. These help students practise reading and identifying the structure of CVC words. They will then be able to answer simple comprehension questions.

You may want to cut up the passages and set up a jigsaw reading activity.

Classroom objects - reading bingo game

Submitted by Jacqui Garrett on Fri, 2016-05-13 19:19

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Rw/E1.1, Rw/E1.2

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism

Level: M8, E1

A game of bingo to practise reading (not listening to) the names of classroom objects. There are 16 different bingo cards and a page of word cards to be held up by the teacher. (Alternatively the teacher could write the words (one at a time) on the class whiteboard.
For a different take on this game (where names are called out) see Classroom Objects & Numbers bingo game written by Jacqui’s colleague Sian Evans (scroll down to “See also”).

ESOL Literacy - phonics "ee"

Submitted by Orsolya Dunn on Thu, 2016-03-10 22:48

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Rw/E1.2

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a, ESOL Rw/E1.3b, ESOL Ww/E1.1b, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Level: E1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Phonics worksheet focusing on the /i:/ sound (with an “ee” spelling) using high frequency words for low level ESOL literacy learners.

Editor’s note
Includes ‘read & spelling, spelling (in various stages) and matching words written in uppercase and lowercase.

Jumbled Poems & Limericks

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-02-11 13:14

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2, SLlr/E1.2, Poetry

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2, E3

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started).

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.

Short and long vowel sounds

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Sat, 2011-06-11 08:51

Literacy: Rw/E1.2

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: E1

A beautiful PowerPoint presentation with pictures to illustrate short and long vowel sounds.

Eat and drink

Submitted by Androulla Wakefield on Mon, 2011-06-06 18:55

Pre-entry: Ww/M8.1, Wt/M8.4, Ww/M8.2, Rw/M8.2, Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Apply strategies to spell correctly, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E1.2

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Flash cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

A flexible and appealing set of exercises that can be used in a variety of ways – with or without learner support. Two worksheets for reading and spelling common items of food and drink, plus word cards. preEntry mapping information. First used as a preEntry revision exercise.

Back to Back CVC card game

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Thu, 2011-03-24 21:26

Literacy: Rw/E1.2

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Game, Sort or match cards

Level: E1

Great card game that encourages E1 learners to look more deeply into the content of words. For learners who spell phonetically, the game can also be used to develop an awareness of short vowel sounds.
Best laminated. With detailed instructions and extension ideas.

Cat prepositions

Submitted by Sarah Horsley on Sat, 2010-02-27 22:13

Literacy: Rs/E1.1, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E1.2

ESOL: ESOL Rs/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E1.1a

Level: E1

Resource type: Flash cards, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Cat prepositionsCat prepositionsCat prepositions is a lovely set of worksheets, flashcards and word cards (to make sentences) on prepositions of place – based on an interactive exercise at

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