Listening and/or speaking activity

Uses the call-and-response song “Knock on Wood” from “Casablanca” to discuss superstitions (touch wood), opposites, emotions, and contracted words.

Two pages, the first of which has the vocabulary and song lyrics printed out for students, the second is the teacher’s lesson plan. Teachers will either need a “Casablanca” DVD or access the song clip from YouTube.

Level
L1
E3
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

This activity encourages ESOL students:
- To communicate with each other while moving around the classroom,
- To revise Past Simple (questions and answers),
- To practise basic numeracy (subtraction).

With extensive teachers’ notes

Level
E2
E1
Maths
AN N1/E3.2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E2.2a
ESOL Sc/E1.1a
ESOL Lr/E1.4a
ESOL Speak to communicate

Used with an Entry Level 1 ESOL group.
1) Bring in some real objects such as a long red wool scarf, a green plastic bag, a small silver mobile phone. Discuss the word order used to describe them. Learners can describe their own bags, phones, and clothes as necessary and write some examples on the table.
2) Put the adjectives in order in the example sentences and check as a group.

Level
E1
E2
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E2.2a
ESOL Ws/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E2.3f
ESOL Sc/E1.4d
ESOL Sc/E1.4a
Context
Independent living

Topics to discuss based on Ascentis ESOL Entry 2 Speaking and Listening exam. Learners work in groups of 3. Each is given a slightly different topic to prepare and discuss, all based around a theme. In this case jobs. They are all expected to demonstrate use of present simple, present continuous, past simple and future tenses, as appropriate.

Level
E2
ESOL
ESOL Speaking

This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests! Finally each learner produces their menu presented in a conventional style.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
General literacy / English
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started). Well-known poems and nursery rhymes also proved particularly popular as many knew them already by heart from childhood and some were doing them now with their children.

Level
M8
E1
E2
English
Poetry
SLlr/E1.2
Rw/E2.2
Rw/E1.2
Functional English - reading
Pre-entry
Rw/M8.2
General
Dyslexia support
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

A collection of resources based around the BBC programme CrimeWatch.
Designed with L1 Functional English students in mind, the lesson can lead in to further discussion about crime, security, safety etc.

Editor’s note
The PPT also acts as a lesson outline which covers the following learning objectives.

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Art Film Media Music TV

A mingling exercise to get students talking to one another. Great as an induction activity for new classes or for ESOL learners to practise speaking and listening.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Speaking & Listening
ESOL
General ESOL

Choosing and purchasing food and drinks. General discussion of foods that can be bought in a cafe or other outlets.
Find the cheapest, most expensive, two the same price, etc.
E1 – match food pics to words
Adding up the total cost of their meal (whole pounds or Australian dollars only).
Plus a cafe order docket for a role play. Students can take turns in being a waiter or waitress and writing down orders and adding up the bill. This can be extended further using real or imitation money if desired.

Level
E1
E2
English
SLc/E2.3
SLc/E2.1
SLc/E1.4
SLc/E1.1
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Maths
MSS1/E2.2
MSS1/E2.1
MSS1/E1.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Catering Food Nutrition

I developed this simple resource initially as a speaking and listening exercise but quickly discovered I could extend it into a writing activity. The questions are designed not to be too personal. I have used it several times and it has worked well with learners from Entry 1 to Level 2. I particularly like the fact that learners have produced some really excellent writing, which is usually what they find the most difficult.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Plan, compose and draft
Speaking & Listening
ESOL
General ESOL