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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Plickers – real time assessment without the need for student devices

Plickers is an app that lets you carry out real time assessment in the classroom without the need for student devices. It is an alternative to clickers such as Qwizdom and students’ own devices, which are commonly referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There has been a range of BYOD apps that put…

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maths-starters.co.uk

maths-starters.co.uk contains a range of activities that can be used as a nice way of starting off a maths lesson. Although the objective of each activity is not immediately obvious, they can quite easily be figured out with a bit of clicking. What’s particularly good about the activities is that they can be customised via…

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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

Real Time Assessment – Kahoot! or Socrative?

I think I am somewhat fortunate to work for an organisation that is well-equipped technology-wise, with many classrooms having enough computers for every student. This enabled me to start experimenting with real-time assessment apps a few years ago, initially with Qwizdom and then InfuseLearning, which was a particular favourite of mine. Sadly, InfuseLearning was a…

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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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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! I have updated this page, with additional links to more of…

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Fun with fraction flags

http://spicytooth.co.uk/public_html/FractionFlags/fractinoflags.swf is an application which allows learners to practise fractions in a fun way. When presented with a blank flag and instructions to make a flag with 2 colours, learners will typically make a simple half and half flag. They soon discover that there are many other possibilities and it often becomes a competition on…

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MrBartonMaths.com

MrBartonMaths.com is a maths website that caters mainly for GCSE courses, but also has resources from Key Stages 3 and 4 to A-level. The website contains a extensive library of resources, and is divided into areas for teachers, pupils and parents. My only criticism of the website is that it is not the most user-friendly…

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