ESOL Rw/E3.5a

Use a variety of reading strategies to help read and understand an increasing range of unfamiliar words
(i) Use a range of strategies to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words, e.g. knowledge of the overall context, and looking at the words surrounding the unknown word
(ii) Decide how important it is to understand a particular word and use a dictionary as necessary
(iii) Use a variety of strategies to help to read unfamiliar words, e.g. visual, phonic, structural and contextual clues
(iv) Apply knowledge of sound and letter patterns and of structure of words, including compounds, root words, grammatical endings, prefixes, suffixes and syllable divisions, in order to help decode words
(v) Use knowledge of word families to guess the meaning of unknown words
(vi) Make use of phonemic transcription in dictionaries to learn the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Level
E3
E2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Rw/E3.5
Functional English - reading
Homophones, homographs & confusables
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

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.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rw/E3.5
Rw/E2.2
Ww/E3.2
Ww/E2.2
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E3.1a
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
Context
Sport
Catering Food Nutrition

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

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Prefixes, suffixes & plurals
Ww/L1.1
Rw/L1.3
Rw/E3.1
Rw/E2.2
Ww/E3.2
Ww/E2.2
ESOL
ESOL Ww/L1.1a
ESOL Ww/E3.1a
ESOL Ww/E2.1b
ESOL Rw/L1.3a
ESOL Rw/L1.1a
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
ESOL Rw/E3.1a
ESOL Rw/E2.3a

This is a card game that tests students understanding and knowledge of root words. The game can be played as a whole class or in small groups but works best if the tutor sits in on the game in order to support the students and question their answers.

There are 12 cards in the pack which includes a variety of questions including true or false and spot the root word.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rw/E3.5
Rw/E2.2
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
ESOL Rw/E2.3a

A very useful set of flashcards (with teaching ideas) and accompanying worksheet to help learners decode words with the three different ‘ch’ phonemes (e.g. as in stomach, pinch and chef). For E3 Literacy/ESOL.

Level
E3
English
Rw/E3.5
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.5a