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Changed on 25 June 2020

A topical reading comprehension on Captain Tom's 100th birthday with related writing and SLC (speaking listening and communication) tasks.  There are two versions: one for Entry Level 3 and one for Level 1 (also suitable for L2). Writing tasks include reports and emails (and at Entry 3 - a spelling test). SLC tasks cover short talks with Q&A sessions and discussions. 

Editor's note.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
FE SL&C Speaking
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Discussion
Functional English reading
Writing composition
Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

Changed on 21 June 2020

Suits ESOL students at Entry 3+.  It creates plenty of scope for  further work e.g.

Level
E2
E3
L1
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E2.3f Give a short description
ESOL Sc/E3.4f Give a short description and make comparisons
ESOL Sc/L1.3e Describe and compare
ESOL Ws/E2.2a Use adjectives
General ESOL
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 21 June 2020

Writing and ICT task sheet designed to get reluctant writers to put pen to paper. Ideal for teenagers or anyone with an interest in music/video. Mapped to Functional English / ICT.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L2.3
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.2
Wt/E3.1
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 21 June 2020

A simplified adjectives resource that I created to use with E1/E2 learners to introduce them to writing a description of something. Students should be encouraged to provide one describing word each that can be displayed on the whiteboard before discussing the term adjective.

This resource covers what an adjective is with underlining and cloze writing exercises to build knowledge before students attempt to write a description of two pictures. The descriptions of the pictures can be basic but students should be encouraged to use full sentences.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/E2.2

Changed on 21 June 2020

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

Changed on 21 June 2020

The PPT makes a great group starter and can be followed by the accompanying printable worksheet. Both resources are adapted from Emma Scotland’s adjective picture cloze woksheet (see below).

Level
E2
E3
English
Ws/E2.2
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E3.1

Changed on 21 June 2020

A lovely picture cloze exercise for E2-E3.

Level
E2
E3
English
Ws/E2.2
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E3.1

Changed on 21 June 2020

Uses the call-and-response song “Knock on Wood” from “Casablanca” to discuss superstitions (touch wood), opposites, emotions, and contracted words.

Two pages, the first of which has the vocabulary and song lyrics printed out for students, the second is the teacher’s lesson plan. Teachers will either need a “Casablanca” DVD or access the song clip from YouTube.

Level
L1
E3
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 20 June 2020

During the Covid-19 lockdown I started working online in Google Classroom and created this L1-2 writing task (and an accompanying introductory presentation) in Google Docs / Slides. Use the presentation to introduce learners (if needed) to Captain Tom and his remarkable achievement for the NHS (national health service) during the Covid-19 crisis.  Slides also provide links to related news articles (important for background information and also for demonstrating the layout and language features of articles). 

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
L1.25 Write consistently and accurately in complex sentences, using paragraphs where appropriate
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
FE L2.27 Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
FE L2.28 Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 9 June 2020