Use reference material to find the meaning of unfamiliar words (a) Know there are different sources of information for word meanings, e.g. dictionary, glossary, key (b) Understand the structure of standard dictionary entries, the abbreviations used, and the sort of information provided about each word (c) Understand the purpose of glossaries and where they are likely to be found

Glossary of Building Terms

Submitted by Toby Doncaster on Thu, 2017-01-05 21:43

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L1

Resource type: Reference card, Worksheet or assignment

A short exercise for Construction students to read the official definition for several terms and then write their understanding of the definition in their own words.

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.

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

The Great Dictionary Race

Submitted by John Dodd on Mon, 2011-09-05 19:39

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

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Fun and fast paced team game for any group from E2 to L2. The focus is on looking up words quickly and accurately. Full instructions included. Easily differentiated for different groups.
Makes a great warm up exercise.

Call My Bluff

Submitted by Ginny Anderson on Fri, 2011-03-04 09:36

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

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Game

A vocabulary building activity, involving dictionary use. Played in teams and based on the TV programme ‘Call My Bluff’. Teams compete to identify the true definition of a word when given a choice of three definitions, with one being true and two being false.

A great way to get learners to work together. I usually play this with level 1 and level 2 learners, either at the end of a session as an on going activity or as part of a session.

Words I have found beneficial are from L2 questions: narrative, evaluate, analytical, pessimistic and subjective.

Using a dictionary (local hospitality provision)

Submitted by Cathy Barton on Tue, 2008-08-26 16:53

Literacy: Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4, Rw/L1.1

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

5 page information- and work-book written for NVQ 1-2 catering students working on their ‘local hospitality provision’ project. (Covers alphabetical order and word meanings).

May Day L1 reading and writing task

Submitted by Christine Robinson on Sun, 2008-04-27 16:53

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

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, May Day

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Based on a news article about the traditional Trade Union rally in London on May 1st. Comprehension questions (inc. dictionary work) followed by a related 3-step (plan, draft, final copy) writing task.

Myths and legends

Submitted by John England on Thu, 2008-03-06 16:53

Literacy: Fiction, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1, Rw/E3.3, Rw/L1.1

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension

Level: E3, L1, L2

Myths and legends is a set of three worksheets designed to encourage students to explore the language used in three English legends (Matilda’s Bracelet, The Abandoned Children of Wailing Wood, The Ghost Hound of Lyme Regis). Stories can all be listened to on the wonderful site (printable versions are also available). Questions also cover general comprehension and dictionary work.

pre-Roman Britain and Boudicca's revolt

Submitted by Gill Gallagher on Sat, 2007-10-13 17:18

Literacy: Rs/E3.3, Rs/L1.2, Rs/L2.2, Rw/L1.1, Rw/L2.2, Rw/L2.3, Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4

Context: History

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

5 page workpack covers punctuation and vocabulary. Written for history students that are also covering basic literacy but useful for any students with an interest in ancient Britain.

Literacy: Ww/E3.1, Ww/E3.2, Rw/E3.1, Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4, Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.1, Rw/L1.2, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1, Rw/L2.2, SLc/E3.1, SLc/E3.3, SLc/L1.1, SLc/L1.3, SLc/L1.4, SLc/L2.1, SLc/L2.3, SLc/L2.4, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1

Resource type: Flash cards, Scheme of work, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Lots of ideas here for themed Word Level starters. Give your lessons a longitudinal structure and improve students’ dictionary, speaking, spelling and vocabulary skills in small steps across the academic year. Originally used in a series of 30 lessons in a mixed ability classes (E3-L2). With suggestions for further resources and shared texts, related words, revision, spelling tips, speaking activities and more.

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