Independent living

11 page document with 8 sets of very useful scripts and prompts.
Includes:

  • Asking for personal information
  • Phoning about a job
  • Cancelling and changing appointments
  • On the bus
  • Shopping (includes post office, butchers, etc.)
  • At the bank
  • Reporting an absence
  • Calling for an application form
Level
E3
E2
E1
ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Speak to communicate
Context
Independent living

A straightforward word matching/writing resource for Entry 1 ESOL.

Editor’s note
Also ideal for prompting discussion about local council services.

Level
E1
English
AL Rw/E1.1
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.2a
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Independent living

I have been covering how to make an appointment with the GP and taking part in a role play with the GP with my ESOL group, so I have prepared these materials.

My courses are not accredited, so I don’t know how this fits into the ESOL SFL criteria and my classes are, inevitably, a mix of Pre-Entry and E1 learners. Hope it might be useful.

Level
E2
E1
English
Engage in Discussion
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
Context
Independent living
Health, Social care, Early years

A speaking and listening activity designed to practise asking where food items are in a supermarket. Also involves practise with the numbers 1 to 8.
The sheet is repeated five times – with food items in different positions (numbered supermarket aisles) on each sheet.

Linked to Cambridge Pre-entry ESOL Activities 7a Excuse me …

Level
M8
E1
English
SLlr/E1.6
SLc/E1.4
AL SLc/E1.3
Pre-entry
pE SLlr/M8.1
pE SLlr/M8.2
pE SLc/M8.2
pE SLc/M8.3
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E1.4b Give personal information
ESOL Sc/E1.4a Make simple statements of fact
ESOL Sc/E1.3b Ask for information
ESOL Sc/E1.3a  Ask for personal details
ESOL Lr/E1.4b Recognise different question words
ESOL Lr/E1.2b Listen for detail & respond, in a face-to-face situation
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Independent living
Catering Food Nutrition

Two differentiated functional English tasks that involves a number of reading and writing skills (with a bit of maths thrown in!). Learners can personalise this by using names of their own friends and family. For both versions you will need copies of the current Argos book or access to the web site.

Entry 2 version includes: using a catalogue or web site, writing a list & a gift tag, budgeting, writing a note. You will need one gift tag per learner.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Independent living

A counting game along similar lines to Snakes and Ladders. Learners will learn turn-taking, following instruction & basic counting skills. In addition, they will pick up social and communication skills along the way.

(Print onto A3 – a dice and counters needed)

Editor’s note
A PPT version is also included to enable the game to be played on a smartboard.

Level
M8
E1
English
SLlr/E1.3
Maths
N1/E1.1
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Pre-entry
pE SLlr/M8.3
pE N1/M8.1
Context
Independent living

A worksheet where learners research and record findings using Google maps. The idea is to get them familiar with reference points for distances. Gives learners an idea how far places are from them in real terms, and teaches them to estimate with measurements.
Also provides good practice with the Google maps app on phones, Mac or PC.

Level
L1
E3
E2
Maths
AN Length weight capacity temperature scales
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Independent living

Budgeting Spreadsheet: Students enter amounts into a self calculating spreadsheet to work out a persons budget for the month.
This resource is best used around the topic of budgeting and bank accounts. I used it alongside the excellent Barclays Money Skills site.

Level
E3
E2
Maths
MSS1/E3.2
MSS1/E3.1
MSS1/E2.2
MSS1/E2.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Independent living
Business & Money management

Used with an Entry Level 1 ESOL group.
1) Bring in some real objects such as a long red wool scarf, a green plastic bag, a small silver mobile phone. Discuss the word order used to describe them. Learners can describe their own bags, phones, and clothes as necessary and write some examples on the table.
2) Put the adjectives in order in the example sentences and check as a group.

Level
E1
E2
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E2.2a Use adjectives
ESOL Ws/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E2.3f Give a short description
ESOL Sc/E1.4d Make statements of fact clearly
ESOL Sc/E1.4a Make simple statements of fact
Context
Independent living

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises. Even better, if you have access to the internet, you can show different images of ATM screens and discuss them.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Independent living
Business & Money management