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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

World Book Day

World Book Day this year is on 7th March. As you can probably guess, it is all about encouraging people to read and enjoy reading. Students at primary and secondary schools in the UK are given a £1 voucher which can be exchanged for a book from a selection that has been specially written for…

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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?’…

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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…

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StoryWeaver

StoryWeaver is a digital library of multilingual stories primarily for children. However, the stories can also appeal to adults, particularly those who are learning English (and other languages). As many teachers of English to second language speakers know, there is a shortage of non-Western-centric texts out there, with course books typically focusing on Western culture….

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Why Comics?

Why Comics? is a fantastic online resource, led by SOAS at the University of London, offering a number of interactive comics that are based on real life experiences. The comics cover a range of topics, including modern-day slavery, perilous journeys, racism, persecution, survival and identity. In addition to the interative comics, there are downloadable versions…

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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). 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…

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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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