Listening and/or speaking activity

Two listening exercises based on everyday events. Each provides a transcript and written questions so they could also be used as reading comprehension exercises.
1) Asking where the pasta is in Asda
2) Listening to a weather forecast
Fully mapped to E2 Literacy (listening) and E2 Functional English (speaking, listening and communication). Also suitable for ESOL.

Level
E2
English
SLlr/E2.3
SLlr/E2.2
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E2.3c
ESOL Lr/E2.3a
ESOL Lr/E2.2a
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

I first used this was used as practice for the written and spoken part of Functional Skills exams.

Learners need to begin by discussing TV shows and hopefully someone will mention Big Brother. Then they have to write about 150 words about what sort of housemate they would be in the house.

Next they have to read through the 20 housemate descriptions and choose 10 of them to join them. This needs to be a team decision.

Level
L2
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Find out and record everyone’s favorites from a diverse list of foods. Use as an icebreaker in any Entry Level literacy, numeracy, Functional Skills or ESOL lesson.

Also ties in well with lessons on diversity, healthy eating, collecting data, making / taking simple surveys, tallies, counting, asking questions, etc.

Mapped to Functional Maths and SfL adult numeracy, Functional English (speaking, listening and communication) and SfL adult literacy.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
SLlr/L1.6
SLc/E2.3
SLc/E2.2
AL SLc/E1.3
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Maths
HD1/E3.3
HD1/E2.4
HD1/E1.1
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Listening activities are few and far between but this fabulous set is ideal for, and fully mapped, to Entry 1 and 2 Functional English learners.
Based on four everyday listening events

  • An announcement in a station
  • A notice in a waiting room
  • A news report
  • A telephone conversation

Each provides practice listening for gist and detail in short explanations. The ‘waiting room’ PDF also provides practice with listening to instructions.

Each document includes.

Level
E1
E2
English
SLlr/E2.3
SLlr/E2.2
SLlr/E1.3
SLlr/E1.2
SLlr/E1.1
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Leisure Travel Tourism
Health, Social care, Early years

*A Yorkshire Yarn is a short documentary series exploring the English language learning experiences of three students at the University of Huddersfield. There are three episodes in the series.*

1 The Tales of a Trainee Tutor
http://www.youtube.com/user/ESOLRESOURCES#p/a/u/2/Itb9nc9rIMg

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/L2.3b
ESOL Sc/L1.2b
ESOL Lr/L2.3a
ESOL Lr/L2.1a
ESOL Lr/L1.5a
ESOL Lr/L1.2a
Context
Education

Lovely set of speaking, listening and discussion resources for the start of term in E1 ESOL classes. Covers taking part in social conversation; listening and responding to requests for personal information; accepting and declining offers / invitations (e.g. Would you like a sandwich?), and much more.
Includes question cards, would you like cards, food cards and a do-you-like questionnaire / ice breaker.
Full mapped and with detailed teaching ideas.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Sd/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E1.4b
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.3a
ESOL Lr/E1.5b
ESOL Lr/E1.4b
ESOL Lr/E1.4a
ESOL Lr/E1.2e

A dialogue (between the pharmacist and the customer) ordering exercise followed by paired speaking and listening practice. Easily adapted to many situations.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Sd/E1.1b
ESOL Lr/E1.5c
ESOL Lr/E1.4b
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Health, Social care, Early years

Set of interactive and paper based activities based on buying and describing clothes. The on-screen activities (match words and pictures, drag and drop sentences, cloze activitiy, crossword) make a good group activity on an interactive whiteboard and can be extended and consolidated using the dialogue prompts, vocabulary cards and other activities in the PDF document.

Level
E1
English
General literacy / English
ESOL
General ESOL
ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

This is an adapted and expanded version of Jodie Travis’ ‘Hired or Fired’ resource which is of course based on the popular TV show “The apprentice”. I used Jodie’s resource last year with a really big group, getting them to create a poster to ‘sell’ Manchester. I added some more ‘Apprenticey’ bits in, such as getting them to pitch their ideas at the front of the class after they’d made the posters, and it worked really well.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Present information
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Art Film Media Music TV

A substantial set of resources for BTEC Sport students. Based on a Functional English lesson given on Sport Relief day (but suitable for any time of year as it is based on the Back Up charity for spinal cord injuries – not Sport Relief). Includes

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional Skills English
Context
Sport