ESOL Resources

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Using common conjunctions

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

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 13:09

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 19:42

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 08:09

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 06:04

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 17:30

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)

Formal and informal language

Submitted by Geoff Saunders on Sat, 2011-09-03 08:08

Literacy: Rw/L2.3, SLc/E3.2, SLc/L1.2, SLc/L2.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5

ESOL: ESOL Rw/L2.3a, ESOL Sc/E3.2a, ESOL Sc/L1.2a, ESOL Sc/L2.1c, ESOL Wt/L1.4a, ESOL Wt/L2.5a

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise

Set of 12 sentences to complete. The 12 missing words are 6 pairs of synonyms such as sorry / apologise, need / require, etc. Makes a good starting point for further discussion and/or further speaking and written work.

E2 Listening exercises x 2

Submitted by Geoff Saunders on Fri, 2011-09-02 21:45

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLlr/E2.2, SLlr/E2.3

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Lr/E2.3a, ESOL Lr/E2.3c

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

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

Level: E2

Two listening exercises based on everyday events. Each provides a transcript and written questions so they could also be used as reading comprehension exercises.
1) Asking where the pasta is in Asda
2) Listening to a weather forecast
Fully mapped to E2 Literacy (listening) and E2 Functional English (speaking, listening and communication). Also suitable for ESOL.

Modal verbs worksheet

Submitted by Geoff Saunders on Fri, 2011-09-02 21:21

ESOL: ESOL Rt/L2.4a, ESOL Sc/L1.2a, ESOL Sc/L2.2a, ESOL Sc/L2.3a, ESOL Sd/L2.2c, ESOL Ws/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/L2.2a

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Information and examples of modal verbs followed by a cloze exercise and sentence writing.

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