ESOL Resources

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Give me some advice

Submitted by Saul Pope on Fri, 2007-01-05 16:19

Literacy: Writing, Rs/E3.2, SLc/E3.1, SLc/L1.1, SLc/L1.4, SLc/L2.1, SLc/L2.4, SLlr/E3.5, SLlr/L2.4

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Game, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

Give me some advice is a great way to encourage students to provide non threatening advice, whilst improving their writing and listening-speaking skills.

Letter sounds

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Tue, 2006-09-26 16:11

Pre-entry: Ww/M8.2, Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.2

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

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a, ESOL Rw/E2.3a

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: M8, E1, E2

Covers many common phonemes (initial consonants, vowel and consonant digraphs) and blends. Look at and say the letter sound then click to see a related picture and spelling.

Words to read

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Tue, 2006-09-26 16:11

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

Literacy: Rw/E1.1


Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: M7, M8, E1

A useful PowerPoint featuring the first 33 Dolch words for sight reading practice.

Basic grammar

Submitted by Jennifer Baines on Thu, 2006-08-31 16:11

Literacy: Ws/E3.2

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

Level: E3

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Interactive worksheet

Interactive Word worksheet where learner selects correct word from drop down menus. Focuses on correct use of gone, go, went and has, had, have. 10 cloze questions.

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: FIFA World Cup 2010

Context: Sport

Resource type: Investigation or project

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

World Cup investigation, web sites, and teaching ideas for literacy and numeracy something for literacy and numeracy students at all levels with updated links and investigation questions. First submitted for the 2006 WC – updated in 2010.


Submitted by June Mill on Tue, 2005-07-19 13:02

Pre-entry: Rti/M7.3, SLc/M7.1, SLc/M7.2, Wt/M8.1, SLlr/M8.2, Rtc/M8.3, SLc/M8.1, SLlr/M8.4

Literacy: Ws/E1.1, Ws/E2.1, Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E2.1a, ESOL Wt/E1.1a, ESOL Wt/E2.1a

Resource type: Discussion points, Writing prompts

Level: M7, M8, E1, E2

5 hand drawn storyboards – shopping, holidays, swimming, getting-up and a bank robbery! Pictures can be cut up, muddled and re-sequenced; simple sentences written out to match with pictures; sentences written in the present to be changed to past tense (ESOL); write sentences then join with conjunctions e.g. then, next; or simply as prompts for conversation and discussion.

Verb endings -ed -ing

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Thu, 2005-06-23 13:02

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Ws/E3.2

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E3.2a, ESOL Ww/E2.1b

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive worksheet

Editable online interactive Word worksheet. Explore various sites to practice adding -ed and -ing suffixes and investigate irregular past tense verbs. Uses the Guide to Grammar and Writing and English Zone

Phonetic alphabet flashcards

Submitted by Robert Smith on Wed, 2005-05-04 08:34

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.2

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E1.3, Ww/E1.2

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

Resource type: Flash cards

Level: M8, E1

26 picture cards with upper and lower case letters on reverse. Use as flashcards, game cards or matching cards. 3 pages with full curriculum links and teaching ideas.

Colours, Clothes and Fruit

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Thu, 2004-08-12 15:53

Literacy: General literacy / English

Pre-entry: General pre-Entry

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Crossword, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1, E2

Colours, Clothes and Fruit ) is a 43 page booklet with 23 Milestone 8 / Entry 1-2 paper-based word and sentence focus activities. These accompany our ‘describing people’ on-screen resources.

Word searches and shapes, alphabetical order, upper-lower case letters, crosswords, word fills and matching games.

Preposition help sheet

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2004-07-04 13:02

Literacy: Rs/E1.1, Rw/E1.1

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

Level: E1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Teaching idea

Used in E1 Literacy as preparation for playing a fun ‘Cat and Mouse’ preposition game. Print on acetate, cut up and use with an OHP to focus on spelling & reading key prepositions (or display on interactive whiteboard). Print on paper for students to refer to whilst playing game. All clipart from UVics Language Clip art Library at

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