Posts by Janet Kinsey
Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3
Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing
Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment
An interesting meld of description, investigation, paired discussion and tasks.
Ideal introduction to L1 averages – also useful at high E3.
Adapted from one page of Nikki Gilbey’s Data Collection and Averages – functional tasks (listed below under See also).
Resource type: Worksheet or assignment
This revision task aims to prepare students for the Entry 3 ESOL writing test.
It portrays a sample student answer to Task 1 Cambridge ESOL E3 Test 067 with accompanying teacher feedback. The idea is that your student corrects the mistakes that have been pointed out by the teacher.
It also demonstrates some effective methods of feedback that you can use to help learners improve their writing – without actually making the corrections for them.
A knowledge of perfect tenses is expected.
Context: Animal care & Equine, Voluntary & Charity
Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
This Blue Cross resource was written for strong E3 or L1 (or even L2) ESOL learners. I first used it as a homework exercise. The English on the site is a little quirky but it is an exercise using authentic material which always has its upsides and downsides.
However, it is good on human interests and most people like animals. It involves ICT, Reading and Writing. It’s best to pre-teach the vocabulary.
Also ideal for, and fully mapped to, Functional Skills English Level 1 reading and writng.
Although aimed at older primary school pupils this site has masses of excellent resources and is particularly useful for ESOL students who may be completely unaware of the 2011 Census and its implications.
Resources include a history of the census, a community video and PPT and much more. To get an overview of al the resources available download the resource guide
Note: there are also some very good Census resources written by Linda Haslam (from Bromley by Bow Centre) on the Talent web site.
This site includes many useful resources including an easy read version of a new report on How Fair is Britain?
I’m finding the report a rich vein to plunder for all sorts of ESOL and literacy lessons.
ESOL: General ESOL
Resource type: Cloze exercise, Interactive presentation
The story of Edward Elgar is a set of two lovely resources about the famous British composer. A PPT with simple past tense illustrated cloze exercises, accompanied by a very useful, detailed PDF sheet full of teaching ideas including extension ideas, web sites where you can hear Elgar’s music, leaflet about Elgar on bank notes, etc. Illustrated by Will Zawadzki, Abingdon & Witney College.
Literacy: General literacy / English
ESOL: General ESOL
Free tags: Christmas
Resource type: Interactive presentation
A simple but very effective set of topical PowerPoints that helps students develop a feel for the shape of words and word boundaries. Also great for stimulating discussion, increasing vocabulary, and encouraging the use of dictionaries.
The seocnd PPT has the added challeng of an extra , spurious letter.
From an idea in Dictionaries by Jon Wright, OUP. See notes area of each PPT for detailed teaching ideas.
ESOL: ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.5a
Resource type: Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment
An excellent series of activities (help sheet, sample text, card match game & teaching notes) covering this difficult topic. First used in a Level 2 ESOL reading class but also ideal for Literacy.
Context: Leisure Travel Tourism
Resource type: Reading comprehension
A series of differentiated questions based on the famous London underground map. Great for scanning practice and sparking off further discussion or writing work.
Tube maps can be found at: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/1106.aspx
ESOL: ESOL Rs/E1.1a, ESOL Rt/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E1.1a
Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service
Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment
An interesting E1-2 text (and questions) useful for general comprehension and introducing the third person present simple. With ideas for extension work and adapting the text for your local area.