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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.

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…”.

Song: Knock on Wood

Submitted by M Reagan on Tue, 2013-10-15 08:45

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1

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

Uses the call-and-response song “Knock on Wood” from “Casablanca” to discuss superstitions (touch wood), opposites, emotions, and contracted words.

Two pages, the first of which has the vocabulary and song lyrics printed out for students, the second is the teacher’s lesson plan. Teachers will either need a “Casablanca” DVD or access the song clip from YouTube.

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.

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