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Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Submitted by Rebecca Gordon on Sun, 2017-01-08 22:36

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1b, ESOL Rw/E2.5a, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Sport

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This resource is useful for lessons relating to sports and diversity. It includes reading comprehension, alphabetical ordering, reading simple instructions, using a map/key, and a short writing task.

Editor’s note
Written for E1-E2 ESOL students but also suitable for E1-2 Functional English.

CVC words

Submitted by Hawa Lunat on Sat, 2017-01-07 11:35

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E1.1, Rw/E1.2, Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

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

Context: Animal care & Equine

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

The first page of this resource will help students to identify consonants and vowels, which then leads onto CVC word building and reading skills.

Pages 2 & 3 have two short texts that my students enjoyed very much. These help students practise reading and identifying the structure of CVC words. They will then be able to answer simple comprehension questions.

You may want to cut up the passages and set up a jigsaw reading activity.

Work & Leisure pack E2-L1

Submitted by Sandy Fleming on Mon, 2016-10-10 09:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A huge and extremely comprehensive pack of resources. Written for ESOL learners but many parts are also suitable for Functional English and/or Job Skills groups.

Smart Meters reading comprehension

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Thu, 2016-10-06 18:31

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

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

A reading comprehension activity, based on an extract from a Guardian article on the value of smart meters. Questions cover the following skills: reading for gist, skimming, scanning, identifying the use of a pronoun, vocabulary matching and inferring. Suitable for Entry 3 – Level 1.

Literacy Starter - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-10-06 16:53

Literacy: Apply grammar, Apply strategies to spell correctly

ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Painting Decorating & DIY

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A two sided A4 sheet that builds on the identification of verbs and the spelling rules for past tense verbs. This is followed by a simple knowledge check.

It is designed to be used as a whole group lesson starter. It is differentiated in the sense that more able learners will be expected to complete the more complex tasks.

Editor’s note
The vocabulary in the example sentences is aimed at Painting & Decorating students, but the resource is suitable for all.

Going to an employment agency - role play prompts

Submitted by Jenny Cole on Mon, 2016-09-19 19:45

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Listen and respond

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

A role play which teaches learners how to start looking for work using an agency. It also contains phrases to help learners to ask for clarification.

Personal Data Dominoes

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2016-09-18 19:24

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E3.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M7.2, Rw/M8.3

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

Level: M7, M8, E1, E2, E3

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.

Things for class wordsearch

Submitted by Jay Hall on Sun, 2016-09-18 14:20

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.3

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

Free tags: classroom objects, stationary, wordsearch

Context: Education

Resource type: Wordsearch

Level: M8, E1

An easy word search (downwards and across only – no diagonals of backward-spelt words). Ideal for consolidating a vocabulary lesson on things to bring to class. A first lesson warmer / homework / filler.

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: ESOL Listening, ESOL Speaking, ESOL Reading

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

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

Passage to IndiaPassage to IndiaThese lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Postal charges matching activity

Submitted by Chris Farrell on Thu, 2016-07-28 15:38

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money

ESOL: ESOL Reading

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E3, L1

I use this in my ESOL Functional Maths classes. I know there are already excellent measures / postal charges resources on Skillsworkshop, but I wanted to do a matching type exercise, which ESOL students are very familiar with.

Working in groups of 2 or 3 it promotes discussion and language development. The money amounts and phrases are cut into slips.

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