ESOL Resources

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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)

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.

January bingo

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Thu, 2013-11-28 09:48

Literacy: SLc/E1.2, SLc/E1.3, SLc/E2.2

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E2.2c, ESOL Sc/E2.2d, ESOL Sc/E2.3a, ESOL Sc/E2.3b

Free tags: New Year, Christmas

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Ice breaker, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2

Mingle activity to use straight after the Christmas holidays to review past simple.
Learners ask each other questions to try to find one name of another learner to fill in each square. First to finish shouts “bingo!”
Review as a group and check questions using past simple.
Give a prize to the winner.

To come from ... (different meanings)

Submitted by Jenny Cole on Tue, 2013-10-15 14:13

ESOL: ESOL Sc/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.4b, ESOL Sc/E2.3a, ESOL Sc/E2.3b

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: E1, E2

A short handout explaining the difference between “I come from …” and “I came from…”.

Parts of the body quiz

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Fri, 2013-10-11 17:44

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

ESOL: ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Rw/E1.1a

Level: E1

Resource type: Quiz

A quiz to help lower level learners recognise the names of parts of the body. The quiz can be done individually or in small teams; The names of body parts are on cards for each player/team. The tutor reads out clues to a part of the body. The learners choose the correct body part from their cards. There are three clues for each part. The players score for each correct answer: The highest points are for guessing after one clue and the lowest points for guessing only after all three clues.

What year did you? ESOL and Numeracy

Submitted by Maria Veselova-Smith on Tue, 2013-09-10 16:55

Numeracy: N1/E3.2

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Lr/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.1a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a

Level: E1, E2

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

This activity encourages ESOL students: – To communicate with each other while moving around the classroom, – To revise Past Simple (questions and answers), – To practise basic numeracy (subtraction).

With extensive teachers’ notes

999 Real emergencies

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 15:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E1.1, Rt/E2.1

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1b, ESOL Rt/E2.1a

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Cut and stick, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2

Photos and pictures to match with accounts of real emergency situations. All in the present tense. All the accounts are true. Accounts can be cut in to strips and given to pairs of learners who can put them in to a sequence to tell a story.

Adjectives in order (review and practice)

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 15:47

Pre-entry: Speaking & Listening

ESOL: ESOL Sc/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.4d, ESOL Sc/E2.3f, ESOL Ws/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E2.2a

Context: Independent living

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

Level: E1, E2

Used with an Entry Level 1 ESOL group.
1) Bring in some real objects such as a long red wool scarf, a green plastic bag, a small silver mobile phone. Discuss the word order used to describe them. Learners can describe their own bags, phones, and clothes as necessary and write some examples on the table.
2) Put the adjectives in order in the example sentences and check as a group.
3) Role play.

Counting and using money

Submitted by Joaquin Llorente on Tue, 2013-02-12 15:56

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E1.1, MSS1/E2.1, N1/E2.1, N1/E3.1

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Teaching learners at Entry Level I have found that many of them have difficulties using coins to pay for their snacks or checking their change.

This resource includes a collection of worksheets that start with several number sequences counting in twos, then move on to count the total value of different number of 2p coins and finish asking the learner to count the number of 2p coins that they need to make up different amounts.

Legal Age Quiz v2

Submitted by Sarah Rigby on Tue, 2013-01-29 23:00

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Resource type: Quiz, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

This is great as a warm-up activity or a bit of end-of-term fun. It is suitable for a mixed ability group of numeracy learners, or indeed literacy or ESOL learners. This quiz tests learners’ knowledge of how old someone has to be in order to do certain things legally, e.g. be a blood donor. It can be used in small group or pair work (which worked well for me) as well as individually.

Editor’s note
An updated version of Carrie Bray’s quiz of the same name (see below).

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