ESOL Resources

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Drink driving - write a speech

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 21:29

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Wt/L2.1a

Context: Health and safety, Health, Social care, Early years, Motor vehicles & Transport

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

Level: L2

One of the Level 2 Functional English Writing exam papers asked students to write a speech.

I found a speech online and showed them how to use repeated words, emphasis, subheadings and to think about their audience. I then used the Drink Aware website to create this resource to enable students to practise speech writing.

100 keywords in alphabetical order

Submitted by Anne-Marie Marsh on Tue, 2015-03-03 19:44

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E2.1, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

General: Dyslexia support

Resource type: Assessment material, Flash cards

Level: M8, E1, E2

First 100 high frequency keywords typed out on excel in alphabetical order.

Editor’s note
A multitude of uses! Spelling or reading assessments / revision, making flash cards, etc.

New Year's Eve - E2 Functional English test

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 10:59

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

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: New Year

Context: History

Level: E2

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

A simplified and adapted version of Carrie Bray’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Functional English practice test (which is aimed at E3). This version is aimed at E2 and includes: reading comprehension questions based on New Year superstitions, a cloze exercise, form filling, writing task, and speakign & listening actvities. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also and select New Year’s Eve E3 English tasks.

New Year 2015 comprehension v2 (E2-E3)

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 10:43

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Free tags: New Year

Context: Politics & News items

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified and adapted version of Laura Bell’s New Year Resource (which is aimed at E3-L2).
This version is aimed at E2-E3 and is a reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also.

Reported vs Direct speech

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:34

Literacy: Apply punctuation and capitalisation, SLc/L1.2, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

A handout and exercise sheets for using direct and reported speech. Gives several example of each and the exercises work by switching the same message between direct and reported speech.

I have used this as a speaking/listing exercise as well as writing for grammar/punctuation. Target group is really L1 /L2 but can work well with high E3 too.

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Listen and respond

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: E1, E2, E3

Three very useful sets of scripts and prompts.

  • Using polite language when out and about
  • Having someone around to your house
  • Asking questions at school (e.g. parents chatting in the playground)

Level 2 ESOL Scheme of Work 35 weeks

Submitted by Ronald Anderson on Wed, 2014-02-12 19:22

ESOL: General ESOL

Resource type: Scheme of work

Level: L2

This is a comprehensive 35 week Scheme of Work for Level 2 ESOL learners covering speaking and listening, reading and writing. Fully referenced to the adult ESOL curriculum. Each session could cover 2 hours or be adapted for shorter or longer sessions.

Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Craggs on Fri, 2013-12-20 09:11

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

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E3-L2 Functional English, this substantial work pack includes detailed teaching notes and curriculum mapping information. A useful writing frame is included for E3 learners.

Apostrophe flow chart

Submitted by Richard Scott on Fri, 2013-12-06 18:32

Pre-entry: Literacy

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rs/L1.2, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rs/L1.2a, ESOL Ws/L2.4a

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

Level: L1, L2

This resource uses a flow chart to help guide learners to the correct use of apostrophes.

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

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.2a, ESOL Ww/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E2.1a

Free tags: Christmas

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2

A fun starter or plenary activity for the Christmas season to revise spelling of cardinal numbers. The worksheet contains a version of the traditional Christmas lyrics with all the cardinal numbers replaced by gaps for students to complete, thus gaining practice in spelling the numbers 1 to 12, as required by Cambridge Progression Entry Level 1 Sentence Unit. Students are then prompted to write the remaining numbers up to 20, as required by Cambridge Progression Entry Level 2 Sentence Unit.

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