Teaching idea

Interesting, and often quite general, teaching ideas.

A huge and extremely comprehensive pack of resources. Written for ESOL learners but many parts are also suitable for Functional English and/or Job Skills groups. Includes:

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Employment skills & Public services

These lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Level
L2
L1
English
General literacy / English
ESOL
ESOL Reading
ESOL Speaking
ESOL Listening
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A set of questions created by a small group of Performing Arts students studying Level 1 Maths.
The questions were made up during their pre-exam revision sessions.
Some questions are not quite what you’d expect to find in the real exam!
Many topics are covered include ratios, metric measures, area & perimeter, time, percentages and money.
The overall emphasis is on showing all working out and checking answers with reverse operations.

Level
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

This is a simple resource that has proven to be a very effective motivational tool with pre entry to level 2 learners.

Level
M8
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Pre-entry
pre-Entry General
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Rugby themed task on reading (use of quotations and dialogue, facts versus opinions), researching and writing a short article. Topic links to ICT, suitable for use during e.g. Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Tournament or with any group keen on sport![img_assist|nid=5708|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Use knowledge of punctuation and capitalisation
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Entry 3 ICT
Finding and selecting information
General ICT resources
Using ICT
Context
Sport
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A recap game to practise applying knowledge of when to use capital letters. Learners supply names, dates, places and objects to create a mis-matched story.

It could also be used as an icebreaker.

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/E3.4
Ws/E2.4

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Level
L2
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

The need for deliberate teaching of phonemic awareness, and a means of doing this.
A research paper followed by a useful step by step method.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Decode
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

A set of resources created for a group 16-19 year olds with high functioning ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) but suitable for any E2-E3 literacy /Functional English student.

Involves discussion of year’s highlights, and a written reflection and prediction exercise. Finally, the students record their hopes and wishes which are then kept in sealed envelopes until l the end of the academic year (or other agreed date).

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Writing
General
Autistic spectrum support

A list of buzz words I sometimes use with learners when doing reviews – helps them to come up with ideas about how they are progressing and how their learning is making a difference in their lives.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond