General ESOL

ESOL resources that cover a range of skills (often at several levels) from two or more of the following areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing.

I made this resource for my ESOL Functional  Skills Level 1&2 class. Learners have to find where articles are missing and type them in (a/an/the). Uses three increasingly complex/lengthy texts: a charity letter, an OU magazine article and some recipe instructions.

Find the missing articles: 3 page worksheet (Google docs)  - best viewed in "print" mode.

Editor's note

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
FE E3.15 Use mostly correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of tense, definite & indefinite articles
FE L1.20 Use correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of different tenses, definite & indefinite articles
FE L2.21 Use correct grammar (subject-verb agreement, consistent use of a verb tenses, definite & indefinite articles) & modality devices
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Education and teaching
Voluntary & Charity

A fun, kinaesthetic learning activity to introduce ICT terminology to beginners to ICT.  Can be adapted well to suit various ESOL needs.

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A complete mini-lesson for Entry Level ESOL learners at a range of levels. A detailed and very useful lesson plan with examples given for two possible devices (but many other devices could be used depending on learners' levels of ICT and English).  A great way to integrate learning new vocabulary and discussion strategies with basic ICT skills.  

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Give statements, accounts, explanations & instructions
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Using ICT

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.

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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

A very useful handout for Entry Level ESOL and/or Functional Skills ICT students. Step by step, illustrated instructions on how to create a basic PPT.

The basic PPT used in the handout images is also provided. This can be adapted by the teacher or (optionally) given to learners to adapt. 

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information
Functional Skills ICT: Finding and selecting information
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism

British Values project based on ICT Level 2 City and Guilds covering all content including

 

  • Task 1 - Internet Research, Word
  • Task 2 - Excel IF / AND, charts, formatting, formulae,  etc
  • Task 3  - PPT with images, animation, etc.
  • Task 4 -  Mail Merge (needs memo.txt and employees.txt - see below)
  • Task 5 - Word, poster
  • Task 6  - Access database (needs training.txt file - see below)
  • Task 7 -  General ICT  Knowledge 
Level
Level 2
ESOL
General ESOL
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Using ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Finding and selecting information
Functional Skills ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information
Charts & graphs
Context
Faith & Religion

ICT Project about British Values - based on City & Guilds Level 1 Functional ICT assessments.

 

 

  • Task 1 - Internet research and copying and pasting
  • Task 2 - Excel activity - including formula, adding a chart, formatting
  • Task 3 - PowerPoint activity - adding slides, animation, images etc.
  • Task 4 - Create a poster on Word
  • Task 5 - Databases - sort and filter 
  • Task 6 - General ICT Knowledge
Level
Level 1
ESOL
General ESOL
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Using ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Finding and selecting information
Functional Skills ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information
Charts & graphs
Context
Faith & Religion

Suits ESOL students at Entry 3+.  It creates plenty of scope for  further work e.g.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E2.3f Give a short description
ESOL Sc/E3.4f Give a short description and make comparisons
ESOL Sc/L1.3e Describe and compare
ESOL Ws/E2.2a Use adjectives
General ESOL
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Art Film Media Music Radio TV

A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Sc/L1.3a Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/L1.3b Give factual accounts
ESOL Sc/L2.4b Give factual accounts 
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/L2.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Rs/L2.1a Use implicit & explicit grammatical knowledge to help follow meaning and purpose of different texts
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music Radio TV

An ESOL lesson embedding numeracy, diversity and British values, centred on the Spring Equinox and three festivals which happen around / on this day - Purim, Holi and Shunbun No Hi. Learners collect unfamiliar words on a vocabulary sheet and ask and answer questions to elicit meaning / explanation. There is a powerpoint to introduce the topic, using acronyms eg 7DIAW  - Seven Days In A Week to elicit key words, and lead to an explanation of what the Vernal Equinox is and when it is.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Maths
FM E1.7 Know the number of days in a week, months, & seasons in a year. Name & sequence them.
FM E2.7 Know the number of hours in a day and weeks in a year.
FM E3.4 Multiply 2-digit numbers by 1- & 2-digit numbers
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Faith & Religion

A multi-skill worksheet that incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing, based on a short (1:22) BBC news video about a 100th birthday trip to London. Aimed at E3 / L1, but suitable for higher level E2 and for L2 as a recap (for L2 - elicit examples of the grammar and instructions beforehand).

Key learning outcomes: learners will:

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
English
FE READING main points & detail
FE WRITING Grammar
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Make requests & ask questions
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)