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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Skills for Life ESOL materials

The Excellence Gateway site has finally got round to organising the Skills for Life ESOL materials and presenting them on an ‘Exhibition Site‘. It is actually quite impressive, given the difficulty in locating resources previously on the main Excellence Gateway site. The menu at the top provides easy access to all of the ESOL materials…

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World Book Day

World Book Day this year is on 7th March. As you can probably guess, it is all about encouraging people to read and enjoy reading. Students at primary and secondary schools in the UK are given a £1 voucher which can be exchanged for a book from a selection that has been specially written for…

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Newspapers

There are an incredible range of online newspapers, many of which are free. A lot of online newspapers have e-editions, that present the newspaper as it would appear in a traditional newspaper. Here are a selection of e-editions: The Metro was originally a free London newspaper that was distributed at London Underground stations. It has…

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Christmas

Here are a selection of Christmas resources for use with ESOL learners. I created some of these resources myself over the years. Others are my favourites from the Internet. As a warmer, here are links to a vocabulary matching and gapfill I created about Christmas in the UK. WhyChristmas.com has a ‘Christmas around the world‘…

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StoryWeaver

StoryWeaver is a digital library of multilingual stories primarily for children. However, the stories can also appeal to adults, particularly those who are learning English (and other languages). As many teachers of English to second language speakers know, there is a shortage of non-Western-centric texts out there, with course books typically focusing on Western culture….

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Why Comics?

Why Comics? is a fantastic online resource, led by SOAS at the University of London, offering a number of interactive comics that are based on real life experiences. The comics cover a range of topics, including modern-day slavery, perilous journeys, racism, persecution, survival and identity. In addition to the interative comics, there are downloadable versions…

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Eye halve a spelling chequer

I have recently been looking at the peculiarities of English spelling, which prompted me to dig out a poem I came across a number of years ago. I believe the poem below is the original version, although various modified versions of the poem also exist. The British Council website has a good activity for the…

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Spot the mistake

This was spotted and taken in Sudbury, London in December 2016 by one of my students. Can you see what is wrong?

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). Here are the links to sample papers and videos: Entry 1 Entry 2 Entry 3 Level 1 Level 2 Reading While the reading texts in the sample papers do not appear to be particularly…

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