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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

BarryFunEnglish

BarryFunEnglish is a site with a comprehensive range of resources for practising English. There are interactive and printable flashcards, games, worksheets and teaching tools. The teaching tools and printable flashcards are completely free to use, while the other resources ‘cost’ 1 credit per use. Signing up for a free account gives you 8 free credits…

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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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Bingo card creator

myfreebingocards is one of many free bingo card creators on the Internet. Not only does this site come with a wide range of ready-made topics for bingo cards, but there is also a bingo card generator that allows you to enter your own words. A variety of themes are available to make your bingo cards…

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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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Padlet

Writing is very often a solitary activity. I remember when I was a student, being set an essay or assignment, sitting there with a blank sheet of paper in front of me, not knowing where to start. Padlet is a great online tool that allows you to write and see what others have written in…

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Phonology resources

Here are a selection of resources related to phonology: Adrian Underhill’s interactive phonemic chart (and pdf version) is useful for trainees and students alike. He is the author of Sound Foundations, a book on teaching phonology, and also has a series of videos on YouTube on pronunciation, as well as The Pronunciation Blog. Cambridge English…

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Vocabulary resources

Here are a selection of resources related to vocabulary: Free pictures are available from a number of sites. Be careful with using images found via Google because they may be subject to copyright. Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries is a good online dictionary for learners and teachers alike.  Includes phonemic script and pronunciation in British and American…

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Photos, Pictures, Clipart, Icons

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and teachers use lots of them to enhance their lessons. It could be a picture to teach vocabulary or a photo to bring a presentation to life. Although many of us rely on Google as a source of images, strictly speaking they are not royalty free….

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Type IPA phonetic symbols

There are occasions when you need to enter phonetic symbols into a document. For example, in a lesson plan to show the phonetic transcription of a word or in a language analysis assignment. Entering the phonetic transcription would typically involve using the ‘insert symbol’ function in Word, or memorising the keyboard shortcut for each symbol….

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