Teaching idea

Interesting, and often quite general, teaching ideas.

Numeracy: N1/E3.5, N1/L1.5

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Interactive whiteboard, Teaching idea

Level: E3, L1

Step by step method for using this very clever, little-known method of working out those tricky times tables from 6 to 9. (The method relies on the user knowing his or her “easier times tables” well so is not suitable for the complete times-tables novice. Very clear slides with lots of illustrated examples.
Please note you must have the Smart Notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1

Level: M8, E1, E2

Resource type: Teaching idea

How ‘flash’ presentation of social sight vocabulary proved to be motivating. The technique is described and some thoughts about why it seems to have such positive effects on several different levels are offered, and feedback sought.

Metric units of measure - conversions

Submitted by Joaquin Llorente on Thu, 2011-04-14 11:11

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E3.5, MSS1/E3.6, MSS1/E3.7, MSS1/L1.7, MSS1/L2.5

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Teaching idea

Level: E3, L1, L2

This Powerpoint presentation describes, with examples, a simple method to convert between metric units. The method is based on a table similar to a place value table.

I use this method over 3 or 4 lessons. In the first lesson I introduce the table using distance units and encourage the students to remember the number of columns and the headings.

Numeracy: N2/L1.9, Functional Maths - number, N2/L2.8

Resource type: Handout or guide, Interactive whiteboard, Teaching idea

Level: L1, L2

Step by step method for working out any percentage using easy mental maths methods such as dividing by 10 or 100; doubling and adding up. An example is included and a blank “bubble template “ to users to use with their own percentage problems. A smart notebook version of the template is also included.
Please note you must have the Smart Notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/

Writing a letter of complaint

Submitted by Julie Harding on Fri, 2011-04-01 19:06

Literacy: Wt/E3.2, Wt/E3.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Shared text, Teaching idea, Writing prompts

This activity is designed to follow on from previous discussion about formal language and letter writing. It can be adapted to suit all levels but is best for Entry 3 – Level 2.
Learners will consider the importance of the purpose, content, style and tone of letters; and write a suitable letter of complaint from a given scenario.
After initial discussion I ask students what they think of my efforts to compose a letter of complaint about a leisure centre and I show them two letters.

Literacy: Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Teaching idea, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

This is an activity that’s evolved over time and I’ve used it with learners ranging from E3 to L2. It’s always fun and can get the group talking and sharing thoughts. It’s a good way to reinforce the importance of choosing the correct tone for a letter.

It also has the advantage that it needs little preparation and no resources (except pen, paper and students!).

Sparkling sentences for bonfire night

Submitted by Jo Collins on Sun, 2010-03-07 22:29

Literacy: Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Teaching idea, Warm-up

Sparkling sentences for bonfire night is a lovely seasonal literacy starter activity that covers adjectives, adverbs, sentence structure and punctuation. The focus is on extending simple sentences to compound or complex setences. You will need a packet of sparklers.

Homophones - 30 pairs

Submitted by Sean Dady on Fri, 2009-09-25 17:25

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1

Resource type: Teaching idea

Level: L1

Lists 30 pairs of common homophones (not to all be used at once!) with plenty of ideas on using them in spelling, sentence and discussion work.

Holiday brochure appetiser

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Thu, 2008-09-11 16:52

Literacy: Rt/E3.4, Rt/E3.5, Rt/E3.6, Rt/E3.7, Rt/E3.8, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L1.4, Rt/L1.5, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.6, Rt/L2.7

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Teaching idea, Warm-up

A great warm-up activity. Students work in pairs to find information in holiday brochures. Easily adapted for your own brochures. Covers scanning, organisational features, detailed reading, etc. at E3-L2.

Personal Travel Planner & Planning a Holiday

Submitted by Lynne Bradshaw on Sun, 2008-06-22 11:29

Literacy: General literacy / English

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea

Two great activities (one long and detailed – suitable for 2-3 sessions; one shorter and quicker, for a single session) ideal for E3-L1 literacy and ESOL students of all ages. Includes step by step detailed session plans which cover speaking and listening (interviewing), reading and writing skills.
The overall idea is to interview people and then plan their perfect holiday – showing the results as a poster or display. An interview sheet is included.

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