Listening and/or speaking activity

A job you have done in the past (Discussion)

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 15:41

ESOL: ESOL Speaking

Free tags: entry 2 verb tenses, Exam practice, jobs

Level: E2

Resource type: Assessment material, Listening and/or speaking activity, Revision material

Topics to discuss based on Ascentis ESOL Entry 2 Speaking and Listening exam. Learners work in groups of 3. Each is given a slightly different topic to prepare and discuss, all based around a theme. In this case jobs. They are all expected to demonstrate use of present simple, present continuous, past simple and future tenses, as appropriate.
Each learner speaks for a few minutes and then the other two ask them questions. Then the next learner speaks for a few minutes, and so on.

Come Dine with Me

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Sun, 2013-04-07 17:54

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3

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!

Jumbled Poems & Limericks

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-02-11 12:14

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2, SLlr/E1.2, Poetry

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2, E3

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started).

L1 Crimewatch Functional English lesson

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Fri, 2013-02-01 13:15

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Crimewatch

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A collection of resources based around the BBC programme CrimeWatch.
Designed with L1 Functional English students in mind, the lesson can lead in to further discussion about crime, security, safety etc.

Editor’s note
The PPT also acts as a lesson outline which covers the following learning objectives.

  • Identify information from a video source.
    Identify information in text format.
    Summarise text in own words.
    Create a headline and newspaper article.
    Use adjectives to describe appearance (extension).

Induction bingo

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 09:17

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity

A mingling exercise to get students talking to one another. Great as an induction activity for new classes or for ESOL learners to practise speaking and listening.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E1.1, MSS1/E2.1, MSS1/E2.2

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLc/E1.1, SLc/E1.4, SLc/E2.1, SLc/E2.3

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Choosing and purchasing food and drinks. General discussion of foods that can be bought in a cafe or other outlets.
Find the cheapest, most expensive, two the same price, etc.
E1 – match food pics to words
Adding up the total cost of their meal (whole pounds or Australian dollars only).
Plus a cafe order docket for a role play. Students can take turns in being a waiter or waitress and writing down orders and adding up the bill.

The Interview

Submitted by Diana Sandford on Tue, 2012-06-19 10:34

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing frame, Writing prompts

I developed this simple resource initially as a speaking and listening exercise but quickly discovered I could extend it into a writing activity. The questions are designed not to be too personal. I have used it several times and it has worked well with learners from Entry 1 to Level 2. I particularly like the fact that learners have produced some really excellent writing, which is usually what they find the most difficult.

For the first part of the activiy, learners work in pairs.

Olympics 2012 Torch relay

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Thu, 2012-06-14 10:05

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.

A terrible mistake

Submitted by Marion Martin on Mon, 2012-05-14 21:08

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E2, E3

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

A short reading text followed by exercises: True or False; Putting words in the correct order to answer questions; Writing sentences with words from the story (or sentences may be copied from the story) and a WordSearch.
This is followed by some dialogue using the situations in the story for practising pronunciation.
Suitable for literacy and ESOL.

Food idioms dialogue

Submitted by Kathryn Fleming on Thu, 2012-05-03 09:02

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

Sample dialogue using food idioms for intermediate, upper intermediate ESOL students. Can be used with food idioms list (link provided) to encourage dialogue writing and acting to aid retention.

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