Use reference materials to: find the meanings of unfamiliar words to research a subject or topic (a) Understand that there are different sources of information for word meanings, how they are structured, and the conventions they use, e.g. paper and electronic dictionaries, glossaries, keys (b) Understand that there are different types of dictionary, e.g. contemporary usage, slang, quotations, etymological, antonyms and synonyms (c) Understand that it is possible to research a subject or topic from different sources, e.g. encyclopaedia, text books, internet, journals

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.

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.

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).

Natural signs that show spring comes earlier

Submitted by Nick Jackson on Fri, 2011-04-08 10:03

Literacy: Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rw/L2.1, Rw/L2.2, Wt/L2.3

Free tags: Spring

Context: Science & Nature

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A topical Level 2 reading and writing assignment based on an article from the from the Observer. Ideal for early spring / late winter but can be used any time of year. Covers comprehension, purpose of text, apostrophes, vocabulary and dictionary work, and writing. Includes differentiation and extension ideas.

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.

Michael Jackson obituary

Submitted by Kathryn Galara on Mon, 2009-07-06 17:25

Literacy: Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.8, Rw/L2.2, Ws/L2.4

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A series of comprehension, vocabulary, apostrophe and summarising questions.

Madonna mauls Eminem's critics

Submitted by Louisa Baddiley on Mon, 2008-09-15 16:52

Literacy: Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rw/L2.2, Rw/L2.3, Writing: text focus (composition)

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Level: L2

Topical comprehension based on a 2001 BBC News report with comprehension & vocabulary questions written for E2E learners. Although this is an old report from 2001 it is still of interest to younger students and ideal for provoking discussion about appropriate language, lyrics, etc.

Henry VIII

Submitted by Gill Gallagher on Mon, 2007-11-19 17:18

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

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

A Level 2 text with comprehension questions. Ideal for any student with an interest in history.

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.

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