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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

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NRICH Maths

NRICH maths is an extensive collection of resources that promotes maths through problem solving. There are many interesting activities that encourage learners to think of different ways of solving problems, which is a change from many maths sites. The site covers a wide range of levels, from primary to secondary.

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e-Learning

Here is an infographic I created to accompany a session I gave on e-Learning to a group of trainee teachers.

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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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Maths worksheets

There are numerous (geddit?) websites offering maths worksheets. Here are some of my favourites. I have replaced one of my previous recommendations because of the high number of trackers the site uses. themathworksheetsite.com themathworksheetsite includes a limited range of free worksheets that are generated dynamically. I particularly like the free number line generator, which generates…

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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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Mouse pointer training

With the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, fewer people own computers. As a result, there are more students that lack the confidence with using a mouse and moving the pointer around the screen. I found this great game on the Internet that lets learners practise moving the mouse pointer through various mazes. The aim…

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Austin’s Butterfly – Using peer feedback to improve

In this video, Ron Berger demonstrates how 1st grade students in the US (aged 6-7) helped 1st grader Austin to improve his drawing of a tiger swallowtail butterfly. Through a series of critiques and revisions from his classmates, Austin went from producing a fairly generic drawing of a butterfly to a scientifically accurate drawing of…

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topmarks.co.uk

Topmarks is a collection of resources covering a wide range of subjects, from English and maths to business studies and ICT. Some of the resources are directly from Topmarks, such as the ‘Hit the Button‘ and ‘Teddy Numbers‘ maths games, while others are links to resources from other sites. Many of the resources are interactive….

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Free worksheets

Here are my top websites for worksheets: Skillsworkshop has worksheets covering ESOL, literacy, numeracy and IT. There is a very useful search option which allows you to find resources by subject area (e.g. speaking, reading and writing) as well as by level. BusyTeacher has an extensive range of resources for teaching English covering areas such…

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