Use context cues and own knowledge and experience to predict unknown words (a) Understand that the meaning of individual words can often be deduced from surrounding context, using own life knowledge and experience as a guide (b) Understand that knowledge of sound and letter correspondence can be applied alongside these contextual clues to help decode words, e.g. use of initial phonemes and letters (c) Understand that the same sound (phoneme) can be spelt in more than one way, and that the same spelling (grapheme) can represent more than one sound (d) Reinforce and extend knowledge of sound-letter patterns in simple words with common spelling patterns (e) Understand that some words can be split into specific parts, and recognise the parts, including compound words, prefixes, suffixes, inflectional endings, plurals, e.g. playground, replay, playful, playing, played, plays (f) Understand how each beat in a word is a syllable and breaking some words into syllables can help to decode them,

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).

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.

Root words card game

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Sun, 2011-08-21 11:55

Literacy: Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.5

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.3a, ESOL Rw/E3.5a

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Game, Quiz

This is a card game that tests students understanding and knowledge of root words. The game can be played as a whole class or in small groups but works best if the tutor sits in on the game in order to support the students and question their answers.

There are 12 cards in the pack which includes a variety of questions including true or false and spot the root word.

I want to learn

Submitted by Androulla Wakefield on Sun, 2011-06-19 10:33

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/E2.2

Context: Education, Independent living

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

Level: M8, E1

A flexible set of exercises based on common classroom items such as pens, pencils. folders, hole punch, etc. Can be used in a variety of ways – with or without learner support. Includes worksheets and flash / matching cards. Detailed preEntry mapping information. First used at the start of the academic year with a new preEntry class.

Twilight books / films resource pack

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Thu, 2011-04-07 12:10

Literacy: Fiction, Ww/E3.1, Functional English - reading, Rs/E2.2, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Rt/E3.8, Rw/E2.2, Ws/E2.1, Functional English - writing

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Crossword, Flash cards, Quiz, Reading comprehension

Level: E2, E3

A set of resources, written for an Entry 2-3 literacy group of young adults who were ‘into’ the Twilight books and films.
The resources may also be useful in Functional English classes as they are media based and can be adapted e.g. used as the basis for letter writing to an editor or newspaper, etc.
Includes: article and related quiz/comprehension questions, crossword (including a version with arrows to help dyslexic learners), cloze exercise, plus related word lists/cards for the cloze exercise and crossword.

Dee gets Fit

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Thu, 2009-09-24 17:25

Literacy: Fiction, Rt/E1.1, Rt/E2.1, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: E1, E2

A lovely Entry 1 story with comprehension questions, cloze exercise, word search, phonics work and more. Written in order to adapt the school-based Letters & Sounds reading scheme (available free – for details see attached teaching notes) for adults. The story and tasks cover the following phonemes: ng / sh/ ch/ th/ ow/ ear/ ee/ igh/ ur/ or/ ea/ oo/ ar/ er/ air/ ai/ oi/ ll.

May Day for E1-2

Submitted by Christine Robinson on Tue, 2008-04-22 16:53

Literacy: Rs/E1.1, Rt/E1.1, Rt/E1.2, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E2.2, Rt/E2.4, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E1.3, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E2.4, Ws/E1.1, Ws/E1.2

Free tags: May Day

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A wonderful set of reading materials for Entry 1-2. Short illustrated text about May Day traditions followed by 2 pages of comprehension exercises. Plus May Day poster, letter and calendar for further reading and purpose of text work.

See - seed

Submitted by Helen Baldwin on Sun, 2008-04-06 16:53

Literacy: Rw/E2.2


Level: E2

Resource type: Informative presentation

A highly visual phonics PPT focusing on the ‘long e’ phoneme associated with the grapheme /ee/. Great for beginning E1-E2 readers in ESOL and Literacy classes.

Root words

Submitted by Gill Gallagher on Sun, 2007-11-18 17:18

Literacy: Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.5

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: E2, E3

A clear and straightforward introduction to this topic for Entry level learners.

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