ESOL Resources

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Going to an employment agency - role play prompts

Submitted by Jenny Cole on Mon, 2016-09-19 20:45

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 20:24

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 15:20

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 16:38

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.

Present tense simple

Submitted by Magdalena Bicka on Tue, 2016-06-21 10:15

ESOL: General ESOL

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: E1, E2

Very useful, clear handout for E1-E2 ESOL – with examples.

Demonstrative pronouns for Entry ESOL

Submitted by Andrew Nava on Wed, 2016-06-15 21:45

ESOL: General ESOL

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Interactive whiteboard

Level: E2, E3

This is an interactive Smart Notebook exercise that assesses learners’ understanding of the demonstrative pronouns this, that, these, those. It’s really designed as a means of assessment following teaching the this bit of language but could also be used as an introduction or a revision exercise (depending on the level of the class).

On the first slide it is the arrows which the learner needs to know about. Long arrows means further away and short arrows means near(by).

Lisa's Diary - past & future tenses

Submitted by Marion Martin on Tue, 2016-06-14 20:57

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2, E3

Using a diary and a timeline to consolidate the use of past and future tense.
Answering and forming questions. What did she do yesterday? She went…
What is she going to do tomorrow?

Living room vocabulary - words and pictures

Submitted by Sian Evans on Mon, 2016-06-13 18:41

Pre-entry: Sentence Focus, Ww/M8.2, Rw/M8.2, Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Functional English - writing, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

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

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

8 pictures and words to teach the vocabulary of things in a living room. Can be cut up and used as a picture / word match activity for groups or as a whole class activity. Can also be used to practise alphabetical ordering. There is also
a worksheet, a labelling exercise and short simple writing activity to practise the structure ‘there is / there are’.

Days of the week - spelling activities

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Mon, 2016-06-13 15:08

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E1.3, Ww/E2.1, Ww/E2.2, Functional English - writing, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

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

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Using this resource, learners at E1-2 level learn to recognise vowels and consonants, spell the days of the week and identify these spellings with everyday activities and calendar usage. At E2-3 level learners can use the resource to develop their ideas into sentences that incorporate days of the week.

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