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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Wordshapes for practising spelling

In some cases, visualising the shape of a word may be useful for helping the student to remember its spelling. For example, the following wordshape can be useful for some students who want to remember how to spell ‘Wednesday’: ESOL learners often omit the letter ‘d’ in Wednesday, so visualising the outline above could help…

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Word scramble maker

Word scramble maker allows you to make customised worksheets with jumbled up letters. This is particularly useful for practising vocabulary and spelling. To make a worksheet, just enter the words you want included, add a title for the worksheet and press the button to scramble the words. There are a number of customisation options that…

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Wordsearch maker (busyteacher.org)

*Updated 7th November 2018* After a period of appearing to be no longer available, it appears that the wordsearch maker at www.teachers-direct.co.uk appears to be working again. An alternative wordsearch maker can be found at busyteacher.org. While it does not offer as many customisation options, it is still better than the average puzzle maker. Choose…

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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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Triptico – an overview

I would describe Triptico as a suite of applications that are designed to be used in the classroom, on an electronic whiteboard, for making interactive activities. At last count, there were about 30 applications. Some of my favourites include: Word Magnets – for creating draggable words and images Student Group – for grouping students in…

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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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QR codes in the classroom with QR Treasure Hunt Generator

The QR Treasure Hunt Generator is a web-based application which enables you to quickly and easily generate a quiz using QR codes. Why use it? More interaction between students when they work on a quiz in groups. For example, during induction, students were sent out looking for QR codes with questions about the facilities on…

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