ESOL Resources

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How many smileys?

Submitted by Chris Farrell on Mon, 2012-04-23 21:07

Pre-entry: N1/M8.1

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E2.1

Numeracy: Whole Numbers, N1/E1.1, N1/E1.2, N1/E2.1, N1/E2.2

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

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: M8, E1, E2

A powerpoint used as a starter with all ESOL maths groups to check the spelling of numbers. I created it for E1 / E2, but always use it as a check with E3 – L2 at the beginning of the year. They all enjoy it and never complain it should be for babies. It could be used for ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy classes.

A selection of smileys are shown on each slide. Clicking reveals the number (as a digit) and a further click reveals the number spelt out as a word.

Commas information and exercises

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Thu, 2012-03-15 18:14

Literacy: Rs/L1.2, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rs/E3.2a, ESOL Ws/L1.3a, ESOL Ws/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

L1/2 factsheet and worksheet on bracketing and listing commas.
Useful for underpinning L1-2 Functional English writing skills.

Compound word card match

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-13 22:32

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.5

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Ww/E3.1a

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Sport

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3

This is a resource for teaching compound words to mixed ability groups. There are five different word match activities and two help sheets.

I use the first two activities, sports and food, with E1-2 learners. Depending on their ability you can either give the learners both topics at once or give them one at a time to make the activity easier. For very low level students I’d give the learners one topic at a time and a help sheet.

Root word family cards

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-06 11:12

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.1, Rw/L1.3, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.3a, ESOL Rw/E3.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Rw/L1.1a, ESOL Rw/L1.3a, ESOL Ww/E2.1b, ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Flash cards, Sort or match cards

Root word family cards are two sets of flash cards that can be used to visualise the concept of root words to entry level and L1 students.

The entry level cards contain a number of root words and their word families, with a picture representation of each word. The level one sheet contains a higher level of vocabulary and the pictures have been removed.

Lesson Ideas

  • The cards could be given to the students to group into word families.

'Shun' suffixes card sort

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Wed, 2012-02-29 21:49

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Apply strategies to spell correctly, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Sort or match cards

This is a set of ‘shun’ suffix word cards to accompany the “Which suffix -cian -ssion, sion or tion?” resource (see below).

Print the sheets onto card or have them laminated, then cut up the individual root word cards for learners to sort under the correct headings.

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

Pre-entry: General pre-Entry

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

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Reading comprehension, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: M8, E1

This is a lower-level version of ‘My Busy Day’ Housework by Laurence Fletcher (see below) for a basic literacy for ESOL class. Also suitable for M8-E1 literacy.
Reading comprehension, simplified cloze and sentence exercises.

Plural spelling rules

Submitted by Abigail Iliffe on Sat, 2012-01-07 17:53

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E2.1b, ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1b

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Visual colour-coded resource, explaining the main plural spelling rules. Created for E2/E3 learners, but could also be useful for all visual learners working between E2-L2.

Includes: colour-coded fact sheet, blank table, worksheet and flash cards to cut out and laminate. Could be used for a number of different activities.

My name is Anna

Submitted by Marion Martin on Wed, 2012-01-04 23:27

Literacy: Rt/E1.1

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1a, ESOL Rt/E1.1b

Free tags: Australia

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1

An easy reading for beginners followed by complete the sentence exercise and a prompt to write about themselves. Two sheets – one for British students, one for Australian learners.

My name is Adumbi

Submitted by Marion Martin on Wed, 2012-01-04 22:52

Literacy: Rt/E1.1

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1a, ESOL Rt/E1.1b

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1

A short reading text for beginners followed by comprehension exercises. Useful for revising early family vocabulary.

My name is Marco

Submitted by Marion Martin on Wed, 2012-01-04 22:52

Literacy: Rt/E1.1

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1a, ESOL Rt/E1.1b

Free tags: Australia, Equality and Diversity

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A short reading text for beginners, followed by fill the gap sentences. Two sheets – one for British students and one for Australian students.

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