ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling

Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling
(i) Develop knowledge of special-interest lexis
ii) Develop awareness of what lexis is appropriate for which subject and which audience, and apply this in writing
(iii) Develop awareness of a range of common collocations, and use them accurately in writing
iv) Spell words with a wide range of spelling patterns accurately, with some consistency
(v) Understand that the spelling of homophones is related to meaning and grammar, and use this knowledge to aid spelling
(vi) use suffixes (e.g. -ette, -ism, -ic) and prefixes (e.g. hyper-, anti-, pre-, ex-) to build word families, and extend the range of words learners can spell accurately
(vii) Develop knowledge and use of spelling rules if this approach suits the learning style of the learner
(viii) Use knowledge of word families to help to see similarities in form.

Source: Adult ESOL Core Curriculum (DfES, 2001) 

Update 24/2/22: written by Paula Fulton and Alexandra Bates, both of Essex ACL. 
A fun activity for ESOL learners which draws on the popularity of the online word guessing game, Wordle.

Editor's note

A complete mini-lesson for ESOL or Functional English! Introductory PPT and a detailed and very useful lesson plan. A great way to integrate spelling strategies with basic ICT skills. Includes discussion about the 26 letters but 44 phonemes of the English language. 

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE L1.21 Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Ww/E3.1a Apply spelling knowledge to a wide range of common & special-interest words
ESOL Ww/E3.1b Apply knowledge of strategies to aid with spelling
ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling
ESOL Ww/L1.1b Use strategies to aid accurate spelling
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Using ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Finding and selecting information
Functional Skills ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism

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
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
Prefixes, suffixes & plurals
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
Rw/L1.3
Rw/E3.1
AL Rw/E2.2 Recognise high frequency words & words with common spelling patterns
AL Ww/E3.2 Use phonic knowledge to help spelling
Ww/E2.2
ESOL
ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling
ESOL Ww/E3.1a Apply spelling knowledge to a wide range of common & special-interest words
ESOL Ww/E2.1b
ESOL Rw/L1.3a Recognise and understand an increasing range of vocabulary
ESOL Rw/L1.1a Use reference material to find the meaning of unfamiliar words
ESOL Rw/E3.5a Use variety of reading strategies to read/understand unfamiliar words
ESOL Rw/E3.1a Recognise and understand relevant specialist key words
ESOL Rw/E2.3a Use context & range of phonic / graphic knowledge to decode words

Visual colour-coded resource, explaining the main plural spelling rules. Created for E2/E3 learners, but could also be useful for all visual learners working between E2-L2.

Includes: colour-coded fact sheet, blank table, worksheet and flash cards to cut out and laminate. Could be used for a number of different activities.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
Prefixes, suffixes & plurals
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
AL Ww/E3.2 Use phonic knowledge to help spelling
ESOL
ESOL Ww/L1.1b Use strategies to aid accurate spelling
ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling
ESOL Ww/E3.1a Apply spelling knowledge to a wide range of common & special-interest words
ESOL Ww/E2.1b

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. 3 pieces per A4 sheet).

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
Functional English - writing
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
Homophones, homographs & confusables
ESOL
ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling
ESOL Ww/E3.1a Apply spelling knowledge to a wide range of common & special-interest words

Written for E3-L1 ESOL students but equally suitable for literacy students. Match the two parts together to complete the phrase.

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
AL Ww/E3.1 Spell common words
ESOL
ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling
ESOL Ww/E3.1a Apply spelling knowledge to a wide range of common & special-interest words

A timed 2-minute speed test where learners must find and circle the correct spelling (4 options are provided for each spelling).

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
AL Ww/E3.1 Spell common words
ESOL
ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling
ESOL Ww/E3.1a Apply spelling knowledge to a wide range of common & special-interest words

Making plurals is a series of 6 worksheets which encourage learners to discover spelling rules for themselves. With lots of ideas for converting to multi-sensory activities and extension work. Covers plurals of: words ending in o, words ending in y, words ending in f or fe, irregular plurals, words ending in hissing sounds (ch, sh, x, etc) and words with no singular form. Aimed at Level 1 but suitable for E3-L2 mixed ability classes including ESOL.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
ESOL
ESOL Ww/L1.1a Apply knowledge about vocabulary to aid accurate spelling