Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Short sets of words for alphabetic sorting.   These can be used with literacy or ESOL learners.  I found they worked well at the beginning of each session while learners were still arriving into the class.  They work well as individual or pairs exercises.

The first set works best when each list is cut up and laminated as individual words in each group, so learners can sort them kinaesthetically.  

Level
E2
E3
English
FE E2.15 Use 1st & 2nd letters to sequence words alphabetically
FE E3.16 Use 1st, 2nd & 3rd place letters to sequence words alphabetically
Alphabetical order
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.4a Alphabetical order 1st & 2nd place letters

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Level
E3
E2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Rw/E3.5
Functional English reading
Homophones, homographs & confusables
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Three sets of dominoes to use in warm-up and for letter and word recognition activities. The first set, for pre-Entry ESOL and Literacy learners with very low levels of letter and word recognition, matches lower case to capital letter versions, the second set is a set of “doubles”, which can be used alongside the first. The third set, for pre-Entry / Entry 1 ESOL learners, matches a category to an example. Each set has 17 dominoes, so 4 each for a group of 4 learners, plus one to start.

Level
M7
M8
E1
E2
E3
English
Rw/E3.2
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Functional English reading
Form filling
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.2a
ESOL Rw/E2.1a
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
Context
Employment skills & Public services

A classic anonymous poem that has the correct spelling but the wrong words.

Read the poem aloud to your students before they have sight of it. Then give them page 1 of the work sheet.

Level
L2
L1
English
AL Ww/L2.1 Spell technical words
Functional English - writing
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
Homophones, homographs & confusables

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

Looking at Newspapers is a wonderful example of creative differentiated teaching across all levels (E1-L2). A detailed lesson description, resources and introductory PPT are included. The lesson uses Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” to help students analyse newspaper reports and interview other students, or their teacher, to create their own reports.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Poetry
Context
News, Politics & Government items

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
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies

A 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle where common homophones must be matched to the correct sentence. Use as an ice breaker or plenary activity – great for pairs or small groups. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle (best laminated). As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print a standard or large puzzle (select Output – large, i.e. 3 pieces per A4 sheet).

Level
L1
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies

A wonderful 2.5 hr differentiated lesson plan complete with resources. These include matching games, fill-in diary sheets, cloze exercises / writing frames and more!
A related PPT has been writtn to accompany this lesson. See below.

Level
M8
E1
English
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Word origins
Wt/E1.1
Ww/E1.1
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
pE Wt/M8.4

Crossword with 29 words and clues – increase awareness of word borrowing / origins (and improve spelling). Includes words of Old English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Czech, Latin and American origin. Makes a good warm up activity.

You must download the free Eclipse software before you can use the ecw (Eclipse crossword) file below. See our Good Software – Eclipse Crossword entry for more information.

Level
L1
L2
English
Rw/L1.3
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
Word origins