ESOL Resources

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Features of Instructions and Explanations

Submitted by Fay Gooding on Wed, 2013-09-25 13:11

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 19:01

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 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.

A job you have done in the past (Discussion)

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 15:41

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.

Homophones and confusables worksheet

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Sat, 2013-02-16 15:56

Literacy: Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1

ESOL: ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment

Students fill in the blanks using the words given, and then they can use them in their own sentences. Very common words that I notice my students have trouble with.

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).

Maths vocabulary test

Submitted by Matthew Tiller on Thu, 2013-01-24 12:06

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

ESOL: ESOL Reading

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Resource type: Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A 12-question test, designed for an Adult Numeracy class consisting largely of ESOL speakers.
Covers the terms “import” and “export”, since these often crop up in exams. Also mean, mode, median and range, and the meanings of “discount”, “under”, “approximately”, “difference” and “enlarged”. A little fraction revision, too: students have to identify 1/3 as “one-third”.

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