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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

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). Reading At the time of writing I am preparing a class for their ESOL Entry 3 reading exam. While the reading texts in the sample papers do not appear to be particularly difficult, the…

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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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City & Guilds ESOL Level 1 Practice Materials (4692)

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

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