Literacy Resources

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Aussie slang quizzes

Submitted by Craig Sullivan on Sat, 2011-08-27 18:27

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Word origins

Free tags: Australia

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Quiz

From one of our Australian contributors, this makes a good end of term quiz and discussion prompt re. similarities to cockney rhyming slang, informal language, etc.

Caravan winner

Submitted by Craig Sullivan on Mon, 2011-06-27 17:16

Literacy: General literacy / English, Word origins

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Australia

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A really unusual reading comprehension exercise that also tests a range of maths skills (dates, large numbers, distance, etc.). Although the general reading level is around Level1 it is based on an Australian news article about a lottery winner and contains a lot of unfamiliar Australian vocabulary. Thus it also stretches Level 2 learners. An optional glossary is provided; this includes words such as swag, Slikpik, shire and half a dozen more.

Vocabulary builder

Submitted by Ginny Anderson on Sun, 2011-06-12 22:20

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

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

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Challenging multiple choice quiz of vocabulary “borrowed” from other languages such as French, Greek and Italian. Words and phrases include: fait accompli, deja vu, ad hoc, bric-a-brac and many more. Makes a good warm up and could be used with small groups or individually.

1066 and all those baby names

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Thu, 2010-11-04 17:09

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Rw/L2.3, Wt/L2.2, Word origins

Context: History

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A set of comprehension questions, together with vocabulary exercises, anagrams and a writing prompt.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy and anyone with an interest in word origins and English linguistics.
All based on an article from the BBC News website www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10776581
See below for links to other Level 2 exercises.

Japanese banks - credit crunch!

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Sat, 2009-02-14 16:25

Literacy: Rw/L1.2, Rw/L1.3, Word origins

Free tags: Humour

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Shared text

A fun text to discuss in class. Use as focus on humour in writing, vocabulary and borrowed words, etc. Optional picture clues are provided to help students discover the meaning of eight Japanese words.

Days of the Week lesson plan & resources

Submitted by Andrew Speers on Thu, 2008-05-22 15:53

Pre-entry: Wt/M8.4, Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Rw/E1.1, Wt/E1.1, Word origins

Level: M8, E1

Resource type: Lesson plan, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

A wonderful 2.5 hr differentiated lesson plan complete with resources. These include matching games, fill-in diary sheets, cloze exercises / writing frames and more!
A related PPT has been writtn to accompany this lesson. See below.

The 'number two' word map

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2008-03-31 15:53

Literacy: Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1, Word origins

Resource type: Mind map, Poster

Level: L1, L2

The ‘number two’ word map for spelling and vocabulary work and teacher reference / inspiration. Another addition to our popular series of word root / letter string maps. Guaranteed to get students (and teachers) thinking about the number two in a different light!

The 'number one' word map

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2008-03-30 15:53

Literacy: Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1, Word origins

Resource type: Mind map, Poster

Level: L1, L2

Number one word mapNumber one word mapThe ‘number one’ word map for spelling and vocabulary work and teacher reference / inspiration. Another addition to our popular series of word root / letter string maps. Guaranteed to get students (and teachers) thinking about the number one in a different light!

Words around the world Eclipse crossword

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Sat, 2008-03-01 15:53

Literacy: Rw/L1.3, Ww/L1.1, Word origins

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Crossword, Interactive whiteboard, Warm-up

Crossword with 29 words and clues – increase awareness of word borrowing / origins (and improve spelling). Includes words of Old English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Czech, Latin and American origin. Makes a good warm up activity.

You must download the free Eclipse software before you can use the ecw (Eclipse crossword) file below. See our Good Software – Eclipse Crossword entry for more information.

Once installed, use the Eclipse software to load up the files, edit or add to the word list and clues, and print them out as puzzles.

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