ESOL Resources

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Song: Knock on Wood

Submitted by M Reagan on Tue, 2013-10-15 09:45

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 18:44

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.

The Melbourne Cup

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2013-10-10 20:03

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E2.1b, ESOL Rt/E3.1a

Free tags: Australia

Context: Animal care & Equine, Leisure Travel Tourism, Sport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A short description of the famous Australian horse race followed by comprehension questions. Includes suggested answers.

A Thesaurus is NOT a Dinosaur

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Mon, 2013-09-30 19:31

Literacy: Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/L1.3a, ESOL Rw/L2.3a

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Intro to using a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms.

Features of Instructions and Explanations

Submitted by Fay Gooding on Wed, 2013-09-25 14:11

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

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This worksheet was created to encourage students to recognize the features of written instructions (numbered lists to show the chronological order of the steps – use of imperative verbs) and explanations (headings written as questions which the text answers).

Editor’s note
Functional English mapping has been added.

Literacy revision games

Submitted by Hayley Rainsforth on Mon, 2013-09-23 20:01

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Revision material

Some games to play with literacy or Functional English groups for revision.
Ideal for Entry 3-Level 2

Editor’s note
The students make the games, play them and then discuss them. A great combination!

What year did you? ESOL and Numeracy

Submitted by Maria Veselova-Smith on Tue, 2013-09-10 17:55

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 16:48

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 16:47

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.

A job you have done in the past (Discussion)

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 16:41

ESOL: ESOL Speaking

Free tags: asking and answering questions, entry 2 verb tenses, Exam practice, jobs

Level: E2

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

Topics to discuss based on Ascentis ESOL Entry 2 Speaking and Listening exam. Learners work in groups of 3. Each is given a slightly different topic to prepare and discuss, all based around a theme. In this case jobs. They are all expected to demonstrate use of present simple, present continuous, past simple and future tenses, as appropriate.
Each learner speaks for a few minutes and then the other two ask them questions. Then the next learner speaks for a few minutes, and so on.

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