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.
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
FE E2.15 Use 1st & 2nd letters to sequence words alphabetically
FE E3.16 Use 1st, 2nd & 3rd letters to sequence words alphabetically
ESOL Rw/E3.4a Alphabetical order 1st & 2nd place letters
Three differentiated writing tasks / practice papers on the same theme. First, you apply to appear in a Christmas Concert at the village hall. Later, you hear you have got a place in the concert and write an email inviting your friends to come and watch.
I wrote these tasks as an informal summative assessment end-of-term activity for a mixed level E1-E3 group of 16-19 year-olds, but they are suitable for any age group.
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.
Another super 18 page student workbook originally written for Milestone 8, E1-2 ESOL students to use at the beginning of the academic year. Complete with student and tutor record pages, evaluation, and answer sheets. Includes spelling, reading, cloze exercises and comprehension, form-filling, sentences, word searches and a crossword.
A Trip to the Library Entry 2 assignment provides excellent practice for City and Guilds style assignments (see note below). Layout and questions are in exactly the same style as the ‘real thing’ – complete with assessment pack and a transcript for the listening tape.
Editor’s note (July 2021)
Entry Level 2
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating