Use their knowledge of sound-symbol relationships and phonological patterns (e.g. consonant clusters and vowel phonemes) to help work out correct spellings, as appropriate for the needs of the learner (a) Understand that many words follow regular spelling patterns which correspond to certain sounds (b) Understand that most irregular words have at least some regular elements (c) Understand that it is possible to greatly reduce the chances of making random spelling errors by applying their knowledge of spelling patterns and rules (d) Understand that adding -s to nouns is a common way of indicating more than one, and know the term plural (e) Understand that -ed and -ing are common spellings at the end of words, used to show the past and present forms of verbs (f) Understand that some words can be split into parts to help spelling, e.g. compound words, words with prefixes or suffixes

Days of the week - spelling activities

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Mon, 2016-06-13 15:08

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E1.3, Ww/E2.1, Ww/E2.2, Functional English - writing, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.1b, ESOL Ww/E2.1a

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Using this resource, learners at E1-2 level learn to recognise vowels and consonants, spell the days of the week and identify these spellings with everyday activities and calendar usage. At E2-3 level learners can use the resource to develop their ideas into sentences that incorporate days of the week.

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.

Halloween reading comprehension

Submitted by Abigail Iliffe on Mon, 2011-10-31 13:31

Literacy: Ww/E2.1, Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.1, Ww/E3.2, Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4, Wt/E3.4, Ww/L1.1

Free tags: Autumn, Equality and Diversity, Halloween

Context: History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

This resource was created for Adult Literacy Entry 3 Learners. It includes reading comprehension and related exercises covering many curriculum areas, based on the Halloween theme.

Blends board game

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2011-09-15 14:16

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Ww/E2.2

Resource type: Game

Level: E1, E2

Students need to work in pairs and throw a coin (heads, move 1; tails move 2). Each time they land on a blend they need to write down a word with that blend in it. Great when laminated.

Carrie was inspired to create this game after she saw a similar idea created by Mo Hammond, Liverpool.

Olympic Games E2 English

Submitted by Geoff Saunders on Fri, 2011-05-13 11:27

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E2.4, Ws/E2.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Olympics

Context: History, Sport

Level: E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading exercise aimed at Entry 2 but would suit mixed ability groups from E1-E3. Based on a simplified text about the history of the Olympic Games.
Includes general comprehension and true/false questions; a ‘missing vowels’ exercise and alphabetical ordering. Fully mapped to the E2 Functional English criteria and the adult literacy curriculum.

Phonic word building sheet

Submitted by Nicola Toms on Thu, 2010-11-25 17:18

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Ww/E2.2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Designed for E2 students. Builds up their vocabulary and spellings after working on wh, th, ch and sh digraphs, but can be used to focus on any desired initial phoneme.

Adding -ing to verbs

Submitted by Vicky Goutis on Thu, 2010-03-11 22:29

Literacy: Ww/E2.2


Level: E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A straightforward but very useful 1 page spelling sheet written for E2 ESOL (also great for Literacy).

Jean is a Teacher

Submitted by Ros Taylor on Tue, 2009-09-15 17:25

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Rt/E2.1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2

A short text accompanied by comprehension questions and related spelling activities based on vowel phonemes – ea (as in bread), ea (as in mean), ee, and ear.

Mary and Sam / tch words -

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Sun, 2007-10-14 17:18

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Ww/E2.2, Rt/E2.1, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2

Resource type: Crossword, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Mary and Sam / tch words – read the story (a great twist at the end!), highlight and practise writing the -tch words (also introduces -ed and -ing suffixes) and then complete a crossword.

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