Spicy Tooth

ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Love is…

Here are some resources that can be used in the classroom for Valentine’s Day. The Ad Council created a video titled ‘Love has no labels’. It is a great classroom resource for diversity and inclusion. What is love? by Ghulam Rasool Ghick Below is a text written by an English student called ‘What is love?’…

Continue Reading

Newspapers

There are an incredible range of online newspapers, many of which are free. A lot of online newspapers have e-editions, that present the newspaper as it would appear in a traditional newspaper. Here are a selection of e-editions: The Metro was originally a free London newspaper that was distributed at London Underground stations. It has…

Continue Reading

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). Here are the links to sample papers and videos: Entry 1 Entry 2 Entry 3 Level 1 Level 2 Reading While the reading texts in the sample papers do not appear to be particularly…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

Cambridge ESOL exam practice materials

Cambridge stopped offering their Skills for Life ESOL qualifications in June 2017. Links to a selection of materials is provided below for archival purposes. Entry 3 Speaking and listening exam video, Entry 3. Speaking and listening sample Test A Sample Test A audio Reading sample Test Writing sample Test Entry 2 Speaking and listening exam video,…

Continue Reading

Spellmaster – numbers

Spellmaster is a range of interactive activities created by Michael A. Riccioli and Frank McAree. There are 3 different activities are for practising the spelling of numbers, which increases in difficulty: Jigword is the easiest activity which involves matching a number with the spelling; Wordweb involves spelling numbers using all the letters given; Speedword involves…

Continue Reading

1

English Grammar Secrets

englishgrammarsecrets.com is an excellent website for practising English grammar. Choose from the list of grammar structures to see an explanation with examples. Then click on one of the exercises to practise. What’s great about the exercises is that they are all interactive; drag and drop, gapfill, matching. The site complements better-english and englishpage very well,…

Continue Reading

1

Telling the time – Interactive clocks

With the rapid decline in the use of the Adobe Flash plugin, Cambridge ELT has removed its excellent interactive clock for practising telling the time. I have kept the picture of the clock for a bit of nostalgia 🙂 However, there are a couple of good alternatives that I have been using with my learners:…

Continue Reading

1 2