Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E3.2
ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.2a
Context: Employment skills & Public services
Resource type: Ice breaker, Sort or match cards, Warm-up
Three sets of dominoes to use in warm-up and for letter and word recognition activities. The first set, for pre-Entry ESOL and Literacy learners with very low levels of letter and word recognition, matches lower case to capital letter versions, the second set is a set of “doubles”, which can be used alongside the first. The third set, for pre-Entry / Entry 1 ESOL learners, matches a category to an example. Each set has 17 dominoes, so 4 each for a group of 4 learners, plus one to start.
ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a
Free tags: classroom objects, stationary, wordsearch
Resource type: Wordsearch
An easy word search (downwards and across only – no diagonals of backward-spelt words). Ideal for consolidating a vocabulary lesson on things to bring to class. A first lesson warmer / homework / filler.
Pre-entry: Sentence Focus, Ww/M8.2, Rw/M8.2, Rw/M8.3
Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Functional English - writing, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)
ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.1a
Resource type: Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment
8 pictures and words to teach the vocabulary of things in a living room. Can be cut up and used as a picture / word match activity for groups or as a whole class activity. Can also be used to practise alphabetical ordering. There is also
a worksheet, a labelling exercise and short simple writing activity to practise the structure ‘there is / there are’.
Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism
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”).
Resource type: Cloze exercise, Flash cards, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment
Set of four graduated activities for preEntry up to Entry Level 2 ideal for mixed ability literacy and ESOL groups. Colour word cards provided.
Match identical pictures (Milestones 6-7)
Match or write colour words to pictures (Milestone 8 – Entry 1)
Simple cloze activity (E1-E2)
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
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.
Literacy: Apply strategies to spell correctly, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E1.2
Context: Catering Food Nutrition
Resource type: Flash cards, Worksheet or assignment
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.
Context: Independent living
Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment
Straightforward but very practical worksheet where ESOL learners select a garment and answer questions about its washing care symbols. The written questions require at least E1 reading skills but other parts of the worksheet focus on symbol recognition and are thus suitable for pre-Entry emerging readers / writers.
Note: for more on laundry symbols see “Buying Clothes” PPT below.