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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

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Teaching Reading Skills

Here is an infographic I created to accompany a session I gave on teaching reading skills to a group of trainee teachers.

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Word clouds – Wordle, Tagul or Tagxedo?

Word clouds are a method of displaying words on a screen. It is particularly useful for showing the frequency of words in a text, with words that occur more frequently in the text appearing in a larger font than words that occur less frequently. An example of their use could be to get learners to…

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Teacher’s Corner

Teacher’s Corner is a fantastic website, full of resources for teachers. Grouped under the ‘printable worksheets’ tab are a range of ready made worksheets, including crosswords, word searches, word scrambles, telling the time worksheets, money worksheets and maths worksheets. There is also a word cloud generator. What sets this website apart from others is the…

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English Speaking Board (ESB) ESOL Exams

The organisation where I work has all but dropped Cambridge ESOL exams and are offering exams from ESB (English Speaking Board). Speaking and listening exam videos can be found on YouTube. Links to speaking and listening exam syllabuses and sample papers can be found below: Entry 1 Entry 2 Entry 3 Level 1 The format…

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Arcademic Skill Builders

Arcademic Skill Builders is a fantastic website for ESOL and numeracy learners. The site contains a variety of games that enable learners to practise maths and English. What’s great about the games is that learners can play against each other by creating a private room that others can join if they know the password. Examples…

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Mouse pointer training

With the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, fewer people own computers. As a result, there are more students that lack the confidence with using a mouse and moving the pointer around the screen. I found this great game on the Internet that lets learners practise moving the mouse pointer through various mazes. The aim…

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Improving learning with hard-to-read fonts

As teachers, we often choose an easy-to-read font when making materials in order to make it easier for learners to read. However, research by Diemand-Yauman, Oppenheimer and Vaughan suggests that we may not be doing learners any favours. By deliberately using hard-to-read fonts to incresase the disfluency of the materials, the recall of information seems…

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Austin’s Butterfly – Using peer feedback to improve

In this video, Ron Berger demonstrates how 1st grade students in the US (aged 6-7) helped 1st grader Austin to improve his drawing of a tiger swallowtail butterfly. Through a series of critiques and revisions from his classmates, Austin went from producing a fairly generic drawing of a butterfly to a scientifically accurate drawing of…

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topmarks.co.uk

Topmarks is a collection of resources covering a wide range of subjects, from English and maths to business studies and ICT. Some of the resources are directly from Topmarks, such as the ‘Hit the Button‘ and ‘Teddy Numbers‘ maths games, while others are links to resources from other sites. Many of the resources are interactive….

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Free worksheets

Here are my top websites for worksheets: Skillsworkshop has worksheets covering ESOL, literacy, numeracy and IT. There is a very useful search option which allows you to find resources by subject area (e.g. speaking, reading and writing) as well as by level. BusyTeacher has an extensive range of resources for teaching English covering areas such…

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