Flash cards

Cards (often double sided) for learning key words, spellings, vocabulary or other facts such as times tables.

I have had feedback from people using the Big Brother PDF discussion worksheet (see link below – under see also) but without any pictures! The fun part of the session (and for it to really work) is to show the students the people they have chosen: this generates plenty of discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. So, here are the 20 pictures to match to each description given in the earlier resource. (You should feel free to edit and adapt according to the demographics / prejudices / preconceptions of own students).

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A set of writing activity cards that are easily differentiated for groups of learners working at a range of levels. Main focus is purpose of text.

Editor’s note
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Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.1
Plan, compose and draft

First 100 high frequency keywords typed out on excel in alphabetical order.

Editor’s note
A multitude of uses! Spelling or reading assessments / revision, making flash cards, etc.

Level
E2
E1
M8
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1
Functional English - reading
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E1.1
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Dyslexia support

Set of four graduated activities for preEntry up to Entry Level 2 ideal for mixed ability literacy and ESOL groups. Colour word cards provided.
Match identical pictures (Milestones 6-7)
Match or write colour words to pictures (Milestone 8 – Entry 1)
Simple cloze activity (E1-E2)

Level
M6
M7
M8
E1
E2
English
AL Ww/E1.2
AL Rw/E1.1
Rs/E2.3
Rs/E2.2
Rs/E1.1
Pre-entry
Rw/M8.3
Rw/M7.3
Rw/M6.2
Rw/M6.1
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E1.2b
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Rs/E2.1c
ESOL Rs/E2.1b
ESOL Rs/E1.1a

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

Matching exercise for preEntry and E1 learners to recognise signs and their names.

Level
M7
M8
E1
English
AL Rw/E1.1
Pre-entry
Rw/M8.3
Rw/M7.3
Context
Independent living

A flexible set of exercises based on common classroom items such as pens, pencils. folders, hole punch, etc. Can be used in a variety of ways – with or without learner support. Includes worksheets and flash / matching cards. Detailed preEntry mapping information. First used at the start of the academic year with a new preEntry class.

Level
M8
E1
English
Rw/E2.2
AL Rw/E1.1
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Pre-entry
Rw/M8.3
Rw/M8.2
Ww/M8.2
Wt/M8.4
Ww/M8.1
Context
Independent living
Education

An outstanding resource for E1 emerging readers. Based on a humorous story, this set of multi-sensory phonics activities includes a 2 page story; detailed tutor notes; various sets of word cards for spelling, reading, rhyming, listening/speaking and alphabetical order activities; and a crossword.

Level
E1
English
Rw/E1.2
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Follow and understand
Fiction

A flexible and appealing set of exercises that can be used in a variety of ways – with or without learner support. Two worksheets for reading and spelling common items of food and drink, plus word cards. preEntry mapping information. First used as a preEntry revision exercise.

Level
E1
M8
English
Rw/E1.2
AL Rw/E1.1
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Pre-entry
Rw/M8.3
Rw/M8.2
Ww/M8.2
Wt/M8.4
Ww/M8.1
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Set of integrated form filling resources used in an E1-2 ESOL class but also suitable for E3 Literacy and E2 Functional English. Includes key words and pictures, synonyms matching activity and two short reading / form filling tasks.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E3.2
Functional English - reading
Form filling
ESOL
ESOL Wt/E2.1b
ESOL Rw/E2.1a