Teaching idea

Interesting, and often quite general, teaching ideas.

Step by step method for using this very clever, little-known method of working out those tricky times tables from 6 to 9. (The method relies on the user knowing his or her “easier times tables” well so is not suitable for the complete times-tables novice. Very clear slides with lots of illustrated examples.
Please note you must have the Smart Notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/

Level
L1
E3
Maths
N1/L1.5
N1/E3.5

How ‘flash’ presentation of social sight vocabulary proved to be motivating. The technique is described and some thoughts about why it seems to have such positive effects on several different levels are offered, and feedback sought.

Level
E2
E1
M8
English
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1
Pre-entry
Rw/M8.3

This Powerpoint presentation describes, with examples, a simple method to convert between metric units. The method is based on a table similar to a place value table.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
MSS1/L2.5
MSS1/L1.7
MSS1/E3.7
MSS1/E3.6
MSS1/E3.5
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

Step by step method for working out any percentage using easy mental maths methods such as dividing by 10 or 100; doubling and adding up. An example is included and a blank “bubble template “ to users to use with their own percentage problems. A smart notebook version of the template is also included.
Please note you must have the Smart Notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/

Level
L2
L1
Maths
N2/L2.8
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
N2/L1.9

This activity is designed to follow on from previous discussion about formal language and letter writing. It can be adapted to suit all levels but is best for Entry 3 – Level 2.
Learners will consider the importance of the purpose, content, style and tone of letters; and write a suitable letter of complaint from a given scenario.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.6
Wt/L1.4
Wt/E3.3
Wt/E3.2
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

This is an activity that’s evolved over time and I’ve used it with learners ranging from E3 to L2. It’s always fun and can get the group talking and sharing thoughts. It’s a good way to reinforce the importance of choosing the correct tone for a letter.

It also has the advantage that it needs little preparation and no resources (except pen, paper and students!).

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L2.6

Sparkling sentences for bonfire night is a lovely seasonal literacy starter activity that covers adjectives, adverbs, sentence structure and punctuation. The focus is on extending simple sentences to compound or complex setences. You will need a packet of sparklers.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

Lists 30 pairs of common homophones (not to all be used at once!) with plenty of ideas on using them in spelling, sentence and discussion work.

Level
L1
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Ww/L1.1

A great warm-up activity. Students work in pairs to find information in holiday brochures. Easily adapted for your own brochures. Covers scanning, organisational features, detailed reading, etc. at E3-L2.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Rt/E3.4
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L2.3
Rt/E3.5
Rt/L1.4
Rt/L2.6
Rt/E3.6
Rt/E3.7
Rt/E3.8
Rt/L1.5
Rt/L2.7
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Two great activities (one long and detailed – suitable for 2-3 sessions; one shorter and quicker, for a single session) ideal for E3-L1 literacy and ESOL students of all ages. Includes step by step detailed session plans which cover speaking and listening (interviewing), reading and writing skills.
The overall idea is to interview people and then plan their perfect holiday – showing the results as a poster or display. An interview sheet is included.

Level
E3
L1
English
General literacy / English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism