ESOL Resources

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New Year: history and resolutions

Submitted by Shellyanne Graham on Tue, 2012-01-03 16:32

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Writing: text focus (composition)

ESOL: ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Rt/E3.1a, ESOL Rt/L1.1a

Free tags: New Year

Context: History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is an activity on New Year. It was written for an E3 ESOL class but could be adapted for E2 fairly easily too. There is a reading comprehension, a group activity, writing practice and also an optional cut-up “top Ten” resolutions activity.

I haven’t done a lesson plan to go with the resources as I think they could be easily adapted and used in different ways.

A to Z Jobs

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Mon, 2012-01-02 17:43

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E3.4a

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

The resources have been designed to complement the alphabetical ordering component of the E2 and E3 adult literacy exams. There are are four printable worksheets suitable for levels E2-E3. Two worksheets have also been adapted as PPT slides which include audio files so that the jobs and instructions can be heard as well as read.

Grandma's story: Living in the Outback

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2011-12-29 15:00

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.2, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/L1.1

Pre-entry: Text Focus (interest)

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E3.1a, ESOL Rt/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.2a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.2a, ESOL Wt/E3.1a, ESOL Wt/E3.2a, ESOL Wt/L1.1a

Free tags: Australia, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

A first person autobiographical account of life in outback Australia.
Exercises include comprehension questions using when, where etc.
A revision of past tense verbs – regular and irregular.
A fill the gap using the correct verb tense.
A writing prompt for students to write about themselves – emphasising the use of conjunctions and short paragraphs.
A Wordsearch.
Includes a glossary of Australian words used in the text.

Dictionaries and thesauri

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Wed, 2011-12-21 18:20

Literacy: Rw/L2.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/L2.3a

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Worksheet or assignment

A complete lesson to help students in using these reference books. Look at and compare the features of different dictionaries, look up words in a dictionary, order words alphabetically and rewrite a text (in aprs) using a thesaurus to replace every instance of “good” with a more appropriate woprd

Using common conjunctions

Submitted by Lisa Smith on Wed, 2011-11-02 01:00

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/L1.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E2.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Crossword, Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment


A set of resources which explains the use of conjunctions and worksheets to practice using them correctly. Eight common conjunctions are covered in 5 different worksheets, along with a useful handout and a related word fill puzzle to check understanding.
Mapped to Entry Level 2 Functional English and E2-L1 Adult Literacy

Graph vocabulary matching cards

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2011-09-15 14:09

Numeracy: HD1/E3.1, HD1/E3.2, HD1/L1.1

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Useful to assess learning or for ESOL numeracy students. Learners need to match words and definitions. Laminate or print onto some good quality card to use again and again.

Upper and lower case handwriting crib sheet

Submitted by Carol Gardner on Mon, 2011-09-05 20:42

Pre-entry: Ww/M8.1

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

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

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

Beautifully clear and very handy handwriting / alphabet reference sheet. Plus a lined page for practice.

Introduction to grammar

Submitted by Christine Greenhill on Mon, 2011-09-05 09:09

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Rs/E3.2, Ws/E2.2

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

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Handout or guide, Interactive presentation, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

Lovely introduction to nouns, verbs and adjectives. For E2-3 ESOL and Literacy.
Start with the PPT which is based on a very tasty bakery theme and includes information and examples for students to work through. Follow this with the handout and a highlighting exercise.

Homophones follow-me game (Tarsia)

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Mon, 2011-09-05 07:04

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing

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

Free tags: Follow me game

Resource type: Tarsia jigsaw

Level: E3, L1, L2

A 12 piece follow me game where homophones must be matched to the correct sentence. A good mix of common and more unusual homophones such as preys/praise/prays and there/their/they’re. First used in a Motor Vehicles Functional English group but suitable for any L1-2 English / literacy group.

Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners play the game (best laminated). As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print a standard or large puzzle (select Output – large, i.e.

British animal resources

Submitted by Kathy Emmott on Sun, 2011-09-04 18:30

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Functional ICT

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.1a, General ESOL

Context: Animal care & Equine

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Two resources that can be used together or independently.

  • An ICC / Literacy / Functional English / ESOL research project task sheet on “My favourite British animal”. E3-L2 reading, writing and ICT
  • A basic animal anatomy vocabulary sheet for E2-E3 ESOL (paw, claw, antler, etc.)

For more of Kathy’s animal resources go to ‘see also’ below. (Birds of Prey resources)

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