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Cuisenaire rods

Cuisenaire rods are a physical learning tool that are used primarily in the teaching of maths concepts, such as fractions. However, they also have application in language learning, such as for showing word stress and intonation. Examples of how cuisenaire rods can be used in language learning can be found on many websites, including an…

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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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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 and writing 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…

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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 PET practice tests from flo-joe.co.uk PET practice tests from englishaula.com

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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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SfL websites that are no longer available

It is often said that once you put something on the Internet, it will be there forever. If only this were true for some of the Skills for Life related websites that have closed their doors. Some sites have been archived, although not always in their entirety; other sites have disappeared altogether. How many of…

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100 Greatest Brits

100 great Britsh heroes, according to a BBC poll from 2002. Created with Tagul.com

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