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.
Literacy: Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4, Functional English - writing
Free tags: consequences, fun
Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Ice breaker, Teaching idea
It could also be used as an icebreaker.
Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Ice breaker, Warm-up
Mingle activity to use straight after the Christmas holidays to review past simple.
Learners ask each other questions to try to find one name of another learner to fill in each square. First to finish shouts “bingo!”
Review as a group and check questions using past simple.
Give a prize to the winner.
Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS2/E3.2, MSS1/L1.8, MSS1/L1.9, MSS1/L2.7, MSS2/E3.1, MSS1/L2.8
Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Ice breaker
Using the templates I created I printed them on to card of different colours. I gave the shapes to the learners as they entered the room and told them to find the table with the same shape on it. When they reached the table they found the shape and some questions to answer.
After five minutes I asked for feedback from the learners.
Resource type: Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Revision material
This activity encourages ESOL students: – To communicate with each other while moving around the classroom, – To revise Past Simple (questions and answers), – To practise basic numeracy (subtraction).
With extensive teachers’ notes
Literacy: Apply grammar, Functional English - writing
Resource type: Game, Ice breaker
This can be played by 4 or more players. If you have more than 8, you may want to print out the “things” cards twice.
Each player gets 5 “things” cards. Players take it in turns to read a phrase with a blank / two blanks in it. The other players try to find the best match from their cards.
Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing
Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts
This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests!
ESOL: General ESOL
Resource type: Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity
Literacy: Speaking & Listening
Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number
Free tags: Olympics
Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Quiz, Worksheet or assignment
- Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.
Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number
Resource type: Game, Ice breaker, Revision material
A set of cards to cut out and ideally put in plastic balls or a jazzy box. Aimed at E2- E3 Functional Skills learners as an ice breaker, introductory lesson or for revision. Students need to work out the question and identify the maths skills they are using to answer it. Best printed onto card.
Questions are aimed to appeal to young adult students – e.g. clubbing, Facebook, food, mobiles, etc.
Questions cover the 4 operations, money, time, shapes and more.
26 cards. Includes Functional Maths mapping chart.