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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

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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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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)

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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Filmmaking and animation in the classroom

At the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year, one of my colleagues who is a bit of a film buff, booked some free CPD sessions for staff with Into Film. The sessions were free and the trainer, Jane Coulter, came to our organisation to give 3 sessions covering the following areas: Tools for analysing film,…

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What’s the big deal with BYOD?

What is BYOD? BYOD is an acronym for Bring Your Own Device. It refers to learners’ bringing their own devices into the classroom for learning, such as smartphones and tablets, as opposed to using an organisation’s own devices (typically desktop PCs). Learners’ own devices, particularly mobile phones, are often seen as a distraction in the…

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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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