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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

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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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Plickers – real time assessment without the need for student devices

Plickers is an app that lets you carry out real time assessment in the classroom without the need for student devices. It is an alternative to clickers such as Qwizdom and students’ own devices, which are commonly referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There has been a range of BYOD apps that put…

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Infographics: more than just a pretty picture

At the end of the academic year, staff at the organisation where I work were asked to showcase¬† the results of supported experiments (action research) which we had worked on during the year. I wanted to create an infographic to show some of the experiments that my group had been involved in. Presenting information graphically…

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maths-starters.co.uk

maths-starters.co.uk contains a range of activities that can be used as a nice way of starting off a maths lesson. Although the objective of each activity is not immediately obvious, they can quite easily be figured out with a bit of clicking. What’s particularly good about the activities is that they can be customised via…

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City & Guilds ESOL Level 1 Practice Materials (4692)

Here are some links to practice materials: City & Guilds online and pdf practice tests PET practice tests from flo-joe.co.uk PET practice tests from englishaula.com

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