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Sentences using homographs

Submitted by Elizabeth Henderson on Wed, 2017-12-06 17:56

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.5, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Identify main points and detail, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Free tags: Brexit, conjunction, contrast, EU, government, leisure, public funding, sport

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Learners start by discussing issues around sports funding, before reading Text A, which is adapted from an article published in 2016, following the Brexit vote. There are five comprehension questions.

No Way Jose

Submitted by Will Dixon on Tue, 2017-09-26 15:40

ESOL: General ESOL

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

Level: E1

This is a set of work about personal information. Includes matching exercise, organising and writing sentences, and questioning – all loosely based on a simple text.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: biography

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech.

Volunteer Job Advert - reading & writing tasks

Submitted by Jane Stringer on Tue, 2017-06-13 15:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2d, ESOL Rt/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.4e, ESOL Sd/E3.1d, ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Ice breaker, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3


4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what-…

The starter is a true / false questionnaire, to elicit prior knowledge and to prompt discussion on age limits, and how the UK consists of four countries with differing laws.

Making and dealing with complaints

Submitted by Hawa Lunat on Sun, 2017-05-07 15:13

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

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Lr/E3.2b, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E2.3d, ESOL Sc/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E3.4d

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

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

Level: E2, E3

This resource has a range of activities to help students learn useful expressions/ language to make a complaint.
It is useful in building confidence in making complaints in person and on the telephone.

Editor’s note
Includes sample dialogue with questions (can also be used as a reading comprehension), matching cards, sammple scenarios, curriculum mapping and teaching notes.

General Election 2017 Reading and Video task

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Sat, 2017-05-06 15:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Personal Information for E1 ESOL

Submitted by Rebecca Gordon on Thu, 2017-03-09 10:11

Literacy: Syllables

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a, ESOL Rw/E1.3b, ESOL Ww/E1.1b, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Level: M8, E1

Resource type: Cut and stick, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

This resource will help learners recognise words related to personal information. Learners will read, match, fill in the gaps and identify the number of syllables.

Alphabet chart for ESOL adults

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Wed, 2017-02-15 13:58

Literacy: Rw/E1.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M6.1, Rw/M7.1, Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.2

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a

General: Dyslexia support

Resource type: Handout or guide, Reference card

Level: M6, M7, M8, E1

A-Z chart of pictures with the corresponding initial sound. I’ve tried to select pictures which Beginner ESOL adults will recognise.

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