Rw/E3.5

Use a variety of reading strategies to help decode an increasing range of unfamiliar words
(a) Understand that effective readers draw on several sources of knowledge to help them make sense of unfamiliar words (besides looking at the individual words themselves): clues from context, experience, text and sentence structure
(b) Apply knowledge of sound and letter patterns, and of the structure of words, to help decode them: including compounds, root words, grammatical endings, prefixes, suffixes, syllable divisions

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)

A quick paper based quiz on the EU adapted from the on-screen version on the uk.gov site at: www.eureferendum.gov.uk
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It isn’t directly about the referendum but might be useful to spark debates. Multiple choice, questions such as ‘how many countries are in the EU’ etc…..

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Rw/E3.5
Rw/E2.4
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items

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

This colourful PowerPoint aims to teach learners about the structure of words in the English language. Numerous examples are given to help learners think of their own root words, suffixes and prefixes.

Level
L1
E3
English
Prefixes, suffixes & plurals
Rw/L1.3
Rw/E3.5

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 literacy resource for learners to find words containing long A sounds made by different digraphs. This resource was written as a pairs activity although it can equally be an individual one. There are four pieces of texts each using words containing predominantly one particular digraph – ai, ey, ay, or eigh. Learners can then search for other long A sounds formed from different clusters within the same text. Peer marking and plenary extend the learning.

Level
E2
E3
English
Rs/E2.2
Rt/E3.1
Rw/E3.5
Rw/E2.3
Rw/E3.3

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

A nice introduction to using syllables to help with decoding and spelling.

Level
E3
English
Rw/E3.5
Ww/E3.2
Syllables
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle where pairs or small groups of learners must match the correct parts to create compound words. Use as a warm up or plenary activity. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle (which should be printed and laminated).

Level
E3
English
Rw/E3.5
Ww/E3.1

A clear and straightforward introduction to this topic for Entry level learners.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rw/E2.2
Rw/E3.5