ESOL Resources

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A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Sc/L1.3a Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/L1.3b Give factual accounts
ESOL Sc/L2.4b Give factual accounts 
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/L2.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Rs/L2.1a
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

A multi-skill worksheet that incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing, based on a short (1:22) BBC news video about a 100th birthday trip to London. Aimed at E3 / L1, but suitable for higher level E2 and for L2 as a recap (for L2 - elicit examples of the grammar and instructions beforehand).

Key learning outcomes: learners will:

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE READING main points & detail
FE Grammar
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Make requests & ask questions
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Level
L1
L2
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
Identify main points and detail
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech. An extension activity gives learners an opportunity to write a similar short text, using the same elements of grammar to tell a story about a decision that changed events.

Level
L2
L1
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role. An additional, extension task is provided for students who either work at a faster pace or at a higher level, and involves writing a personal statement for a college course.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
Employment skills & Public services

This Blue Cross resource was written for strong E3 or L1 (or even L2) ESOL learners. I first used it as a homework exercise. The English on the site is a little quirky but it is an exercise using authentic material which always has its upsides and downsides.

However, it is good on human interests and most people like animals. It involves ICT, Reading and Writing. It’s best to pre-teach the vocabulary.

Also ideal for, and fully mapped to, Functional Skills English Level 1 reading and writng.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
Animal care, farming & equine

This is a ‘prepositions of place’ resource I use with my 16-19 (and adult!) ESOL learners before Christmas. It’s basically an Easter egg hunt but with Christmas presents instead of eggs.

The number of presents and lines can be tailored to the class. I’ve used this with E1/E2 ESOL groups, although there may be a use for Numeracy and Literacy. It’s a fun, lively activity which I hope you find useful.

Level
E2
E1
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E1.1a
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Rs/E2.1b
ESOL Rs/E2.1a
ESOL Rs/E1.1a

Housework is a set of three related resources:
Housework is a very funny video (with a rather predictable ending!) accompanied by words and jolly music and designed to introduce, complement or summarise the two related resources below.
Although aimed at M8-E2, ESOL/Literacy groups of all levels will enjoy this video and it is bound to prompt disucssion. Supplied as a zipped WMV (Windows Media Video) file (6.8 MB). A big thank you must go to Janet Fletcher who co-authored this video!

Level
M8
E1
E2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
AL Rw/E1.1
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Independent living

Basic practice in addressing an envelope and completing a simple form.

Level
E2
English
Form filling
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E2.1a
ESOL Wt/E2.1b

A brilliant bumper collection for E1-2ESOL. The exercises include a basic introduction to prepositions, gap fills and underlining exercises, anagrams, mixed up sentences, write your own sentences (with and without word prompts). Excellent practice for class or homework.

Level
E1
E2
ESOL
ESOL Rs/E1.1a
ESOL Rs/E2.1a
ESOL Rs/E2.1b
ESOL Rw/E1.1a