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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

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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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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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

Find the mistakes

This was spotted in a shop window in London in May 2016 by one of my students. How many mistakes can you find? (Phone numbers have been edited)

3 interactive websites for practising English grammar and vocabulary

There are countless websites for practising English grammar and vocabulary. My favourites are englishgrammarsecrets, better-english and englishpage. These sites complement each other very well, offering interactive exercises covering grammar, vocabulary, prepositions, phrasal verbs and collocations. There is something here for every level of learner! englishgrammarsecrets This old favourite, englishgrammarsecrets.com, is an excellent website for practising…

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Cambridge ESOL – Speaking and listening exam Level 1

The following is a link to the Cambridge ESOL speaking and listening exam video at Level 1. The explanation for interlocutors can be found here.

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Telling the time – Cambridge ELT

Cambridge ELT has an excellent interactive clock for practising quarter past, half past and quarter to. There are various options that can be accessed by clicking the ‘show panel’ button. These include practising times in hours, half-hours and quarter-hours. For extra challenge, the numbers on the clock can also be turned off. By choosing the…

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BBC – Computer games keeps me mentally active

Watch the BBC Breakfast clip from 21st January 2013 and find out about Hilda Knott’s hobby. Choose the correct option for each gap in the text and post your own opinion in the comments at the bottom of the page.

EngVid – 6 ways to use will

From Alex at EngVid. Try the quiz after watching the video.

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