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Resources added or updated December 2007

All resources below this line now also added to our main Numeracy, Literacy, ESOL, Study Skills, Contextual or ICT areas.

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17/12 Comments page updated - thank you Helen

17/12 Seasonal ESOL and more Christmas resources

PDF Quick Christmas Quiz is a set of 10 questions with optional picture clues and differentiation ideas. Makes a great end of term filler for all levels. Contributed by Janet Wilkins, Royal Forest of Dean College College janet_w@rfdc.ac.uk Thank you Janet. 2 pages 180K. Will be filed under General teaching resources.

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Religious and cultural festivals - active listening game: step by step instructions for an excellent paired activity which also provides useful practice for formal speaking and listening assessments. Contributed by Helen Baldwin hlb@wsfc.ac.uk Worcester Sixth Form College. Thank you Helen. Is ideal for Literacy and ESOL classes (Entry 3 upwards). 2 pages. 16K SLlr/E3.2 SLlr/E3.6 SLc/E3.3 SLc/E3.4 (This resource will be filed under E3 Literacy as we only separate ESOL resources at Entry 1 and Entry 2).

06-08/12 Miscellaneous Christmas / winter resources

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Winter holiday in Lapland writing assignment covers planning, drafting and proof reading a recount. This is an adapted version of the popular Entry Level Christmas in Lapland assignment. This version is aimed at Entry 3- Level 2 and gives the writer a choice of format: letter, diary entry or story. This version also removes the Christmas  references and can thus be used at any time during the winter months. With a mark sheet for E3, L1 or L2 to allow for differentiated assessment. Adapted by Marion Crocker, Abingdon and Witney College, marion.crocker@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Thank you Marion.6 pages. 90K. Filed under General writing in the E3 L1 and L2 Literacy sections.

PDF Food descriptions is a speaking and listening card game / warm-up activity for Entry 2-3 Literacy. An ideal link to Entry level descriptive writing and work on adjectives. With differentiation ideas for preEntry and Levels 1-2. Should be printed in colour and laminated. 130K. 5 pages. Ws/E2.2, SLlr/E3.2, SLc/E3.1, SLc/E3.3.

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Christmas menu writing frame encourages the use of adjectives and other persuasive language. Ideal to use after the Food Descriptions game (see above). 1 page. 230K. Ws/E2.2 Wt/E1.1 Wt/E2.1 Wt/E3.1

PDF Talking Turkeys is a transcript and video link to a  performance of Benjamin Zephaniah's great poem. Great for discussion of language, dialect and oral performance and for Level 2 reading - inferring meaning, etc. Suggested by Janet Wilkins, Royal Forest of Dean College College janet_w@rfdc.ac.uk Thank you Janet. 1 page. 13K Rt/L2.2

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Christmas songs and carols word find puzzle makes a great end of term reading and spelling activity. Another great Christmas crossword from Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 2 pages. 60K. Ww/E3.1 Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1 Rw/L2.3 Rw/L1.3

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Christmas Day cut and paste chronological text activity provides step by step cutting and pasting instructions for ICT/Lit students plus useful practice in ordering chronological text (events during Christmas day). Contributed by Gill Clark. Monmouthshire Adult + Community Education gillyclarko@tiscali.co.uk Thank you Gill. 3 pages. 140K. E3-L1 Skills for Life ICT Wt/E3.3

03/12 Christmas assessment

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Christmas whole number numeracy assessment written as an end of term assessment for a mixed ability group ranging from LowE2 - E3- Low L1. Covers place value, rounding, 4 operations, times tables, problem solving, multiplying and dividing by 10/100. With a marking box for E2, E3, L1 to allow for differentiated assessment. 4 pages. 120K. Will be filed under General whole number resources in the Number section. For a simplified low literacy version and answer sheet see below

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Whole number numeracy assessment is a simplified, minimal literacy version of a Christmas numeracy (see above) written as an end of term assessment for a mixed ability group ranging from LowE2 - E3- Low L1.  Ideal for students with low literacy or for a faster assessment where you are just testing straightforward maths - not problem solving skills (most Xmas references have been removed making it suitable for year-round use). With a marking box sheet for E2, E3, L1 to allow for differentiated assessment. Adapted by Tara Swift, Abingdon and Witney College. Thank you Tara.3 pages. 40K. Answer sheet available (below). Will be filed under General whole number resources.

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Answer sheet for Christmas whole number and minimal literacy assessments (see above). A detailed marking sheet which matches scores to numeracy levels. Contributed by Tara Swift, Abingdon and Witney College. Thank you Tara.2 pages. 30K. Will be filed under General whole number resources in the Number section.

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Christmas in Lapland writing practice assignment in the style of City and Guilds Entry Assignments - covers planning, drafting and proof reading a letter from Lapland. With a mark sheet for E1, E2 and E3 to allow for differentiated assessment. 4 pages. 125K. Will be filed under General writing in the E1, E2 and E3 Literacy sections.

02/12 Favourite downloads chart now updated with November's statistics.

Resources added or updated November 2007

27/11  ESOL & Literacy

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Farmers' Markets is an interesting E1-2 text (and questions) useful for general comprehension and introducing the third person present simple. With ideas for extension work and adapting the text for your local area. Contributed by Janet Kinsey (Abingdon and Witney College) janet.kinsey@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Thank you Janet. 3 pages. 70K. ESOL. Rt/E1.1a Ws/E1.1a Rs/E1.1a. Literacy Rt/E1.1 Rt/E2.1

26/11 Error corrected (in 'range' description) in Mean Mode Median Range handout (below)

24-26/11 More numeracy

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Level 1 fractions questions provides useful onscreen practice in the same multiple-choice style as the national numeracy test. Contributed by Stephanie McGill, Bury College stephanie.mcgill@burycollege.ac.uk Thank you Steph. 8 questions. N2/L1.1 N2/L1.2

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Mean Mode Median Range is a useful 1 page handout, plus 4 A4 posters ideal for classroom displays etc. Contributed by Valerie Hitchcox, South Leicestershire College valerie@slcollege.ac.uk Thank you Valerie. 5 pages. 20K. HD1/L1.3 HD1/L1.4 HD1/L2.3 HD1/L2.4

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Diagonal grid A4 paper for student using the lattice method. 1 page. 18K. N1/E3.4 N1/L1.3 N1/L2.2 N2/L1.5 N2/L2.6

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Lattice method for multiplying decimals: two great PPTs with step by step examples using the lattice method (with decimals up to 3 places) and lots of real life practical examples inc. money and measures. One PPT is for the tutor (19 slides) and can also be used to demonstrate the step by step process). The second PPT (17 slides) is for students and includes blank lattice grids and a series of problems to work on individually or in pairs (could also be printed to make a useful work book). Contributed by Paul Hodson, Dudley College paul.hodson@dudleycol.ac.uk Thank you Paul. 2 zipped PPTs. 120K.  N1/L1.3 N1/L2.2 N2/L1.5 N2/L2.6

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Mental Maths quiz makes a great warm-up or starter activity - covers many aspects of the numeracy curriculum (E3 upwards) plus general knowledge. Originally written when the author was bemused to find that many people did not know how many weeks there are in a year! Keith Ball, Newcastle (Staffs). Thank you Keith. 1 page. 23K. Will be filed under general number and general measure.

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Probability with a pack of playing cards was written for an ESOL numeracy student unfamiliar with playing cards but is great for any L1 student. Express the likelihood of single events (and also practice simplifying fractions!). Contributed by Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 2 pages. 120K HD2/L1.2

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Money, decimals and fractions v2 - is an adapted version of a popular worksheet - now tweaked especially for Entry 3 learners (original version for E3-L2 still available).  Really helps learners see the connection between these three topics. Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 2 pages. 60K. N2/E3.1, N2/E3.3

24-25/11 More literacy

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Sh PowerPoint makes a lovely introduction to reading and spelling words with this consonant digraph in initial or final position. Contributed by Christine Robinson, Stockton Adult Education. Thank you Chris. 15 slides. 190K (Zipped PPT). Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Rw/M8.2 Ww/M8.2

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Phonic word building sheet was designed for E2 students, building up their vocabulary and spellings after working on wh, th, ch and sh digraphs, but can be used to focus on any desired initial phoneme. Contributed by Nicola Toms ntoms@matthew-boulton.ac.uk Matthew Boulton College. Thank you Nicola. 2 pages. 18K Ww/E1.3 Ww/E2.2

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The writing process is a fabulous multi-sensory, differentiated activity where students gradually build up their own mind maps and learn to see writing a a process not simply a finished piece of work. With excellent tutor notes and extension ideas. Contributed by Neil Hardy n.hardy@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Neil. 13 pages. 130K Wt/E3.1 Wt/L1.1 Wt/L2.1 Wt/E3.4 Wt/L1.6 Wt/E2.7

24/11 General ICT / Revision resources

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MS Office card game can be used to create lots of multi-sensory hands-on games and activities for Basic Skills/ ICT students at all levels. Contributed by Lynne Maguire l_maguire@tiscali.co.uk  Thank you Lynne. 26 pages. 260K (Zipped PDF file). Filed under E3 Skills for Life - ICT

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Move - On learner guide is a great step by step illustrated 11 page booklet, ideal for students preparing for L1 or L2 Literacy and Numeracy tests. How to register, find the practice exam questions and keep track of results/progress. Contributed by Dave Humpage, Steps to Work, Walsall. humpagedave@walsall.gov.uk Thank you Dave.520K (zipped Word file). Filed under our Exam tips and help on the General study skills page.

24/11 Comments page updated - thank you Clare

19/11 Real life problem solving

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Using formulae - 2 provides very useful and realistic practice - questions cover mobiles, cooking, printing photos, plumbing rates, etc. Contributed by Gordon Noblett gnoblett@accross.ac.uk Accrington and Rossendale College Thank you Gordon. 2 pages. 24K. N1/L2.4

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Mobile phone packages provides practice with multiplying decimals / money - cunningly disguised as an everyday problem! Great for all level 1 students - especially teenagers. Contributed by Gordon Noblett gnoblett@accross.ac.uk Accrington and Rossendale College Thank you Gordon. 1 page. 35K. MSS1/L1.1 N2/L1.5

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The cost of smoking was originally used during a college 'Be Healthy' week but makes a great thought-provoking activity at anytime. Covers addition and multiplication of whole numbers and money, plus working with units of time. Contributed by Trish Bradwell, Colchester Institute, tricia.bradwell@colchester.ac.uk Thank you Trish. 1 page. 90K.  N1/L1.3 N1/E3.4 MSS1/E3.1 MSS1/L1.1 MSS1/L1.3

19/11 Contextualised literacy and ICT

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Using the Internet is a straightforward illustrated guide for beginners that can easily be adapted to suit your own institution. Ideal for many students including E2-E3 Skills for Life ICT. Contributed by Cathy Barton, cathy.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College. Thank you Cathy. 7 pages. 230K. Entry Skills for Life ICT

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ICT exercises for construction - bricklaying students. 4 step by step exercises allowing construction students to produce  professional looking invoices, job costings and an illustrated list of tools. Contributed by Cathy Barton, cathy.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College. Thank you Cathy. 5 pages. 35K. Filed under L1 ICT Skills for Life / CLAIT and our contextualised resources section.

PDF Henry VIII is a Level 2 text with comprehension questions and is ideal for any student with an interest in History. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 90K Rw/L2.2 Rw/L2.3 Rt/L2.1 and our contextualised resources section.
PDF Keywords for brickwork provides 2 sets of keywords to learn using look, cover, write check. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 20K Ww/E3.1 Ww/L1.1 and our contextualised resources section.

19/11 Misc literacy

PDF Prefixes is a matching vocabulary exercise that will also help learners discover a useful spelling rule. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 1 page. 40K Ww/L1.1 Rw/L1.3
PDF Capital letters provides great practice for Entry 2 with a simplified text exercise. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill.1 page. 40K. Ws/E2.3

18/11 Literacy PowerPoints

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Worried Wendy is a great way for Entry level learners to practise using the Yellow Pages. Each slide provides a separate task - ideal for paired work (see notes area of slide 1 for further teaching ideas). From Tom Walton, MBW Training, twalton@mbw-training.co.uk Thank you Tom. Zipped PPT. 8 screens. 75K Rw/E2.4

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Root words provides a clear and straightforward introduction to this topic for Entry level learners. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 8 slides. Zipped PPT. 100K. Rw/E2.2 Rw/E3.5

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They’re, their and there helps avoid confusion about these common homophones. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 7 slides. Zipped PPT. 110K. Ww/L1.1

12-13/11 L1-2 literacy

PDF Colons and semi colons provides clear examples and practice for Level 2 students. Contributed by Janet Wilkins, Royal Forest of Dean College College janet_w@rfdc.ac.uk Thank you Janet. 2 pages. 50K Rs/L2.2 Ws/L2.4
PDF Passive and active verbs provides clear examples and practice for Level 2 students. Contributed by Janet Wilkins, Royal Forest of Dean College College janet_w@rfdc.ac.uk Thank you Janet. 3 pages. 80K Ws/L2.2
PDF Looking at junk mail is a great hands-on fill-in activity where learners are asked to inspect a range of leaflets and note down emotive language, textual features, images, etc. Contributed by Karen Gaynor, Bolton Community College Karen.Gaynor@bolton-community-college.ac.uk Thank you Karen. 2 pages. 20K Rt/L1.2

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Synonyms Tarsia puzzle is 24 piece jigsaw  where pairs or small groups of learners must match synonyms correctly to complete the hexagonal puzzle. Makes a great ice breaker or starter activity for pairs or small groups. Although synonyms are only covered at level 2 of the curriculum this puzzle is also great for improving the vocabulary of E3-L1 learners. Created with Tarsia Formulator (see our Useful Links page for further details) which is available for free download and creates its own custom Tarsia (fjsw) files. Contributed by Andrea McCulloch, LEAP Skills for Life Centre, Barnard Castle and Learn East, Peterlee. Thank you Andrea.10K. Rw/L2.3

05/11 Christmas maths assignments

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updated Christmas presents and postage (first uploaded 11/12/2003) provides excellent differentiated assignments (2 each at Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1) using the Royal Mail web site or leaflets (last posting dates, parcel prices). Topics covered include reading tables, weighing, working with decimals and money, using calculators. Contributed by Di Mellor, previously at Darlington College. Thank you Di. 7 pages. 100K MSS1/E2.2 HD1/E2.1 N2/E3.3 MSS1/E3.1 HD1/E3.1 N2/E3.4 N2/L1.5 N2/L1.11 MSS1/L1.1 MSS1/L1.4 HD1/L1.1

04/11 Updated resources

PDF updated Asking questions (first uploaded 09/02/2003). Two colour posters / prompt sheets (best blown up to A3 and laminated). Lit SLc/1.3 Slc/M8.2 ESOL Sc/E1.3a Sc/E1.3b 150K

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updated Christmas party games and ideas for Entry Level 1 / Milestone 8 literacy (first uploaded 10/12/2003). What's in the stocking? Hot and Cold game. Lesson plan and other party ideas. Covers discussion, asking questions, listening for detail, single step instructions. SLd/E1.1 SLc/E1.3 Slc/M8.2 SLlr/E1.2 SLlr/E1.3 SLr/M8.3. 4 pages. 140K.

04/11 Favourite downloads chart now updated with October's statistics (please note the chart is now split over two pages in an effort to increase loading time and decrease my monthly bandwidth!). November has been a busy month with more than 40 new resources uploaded. I have now cleared my backlog (up to those resources received before Oct 21st). If you have submitted resources since then please be patient - I will be working on these soon.


Resources added or updated October 2007

30/10 Fireworks

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Planning a Fireworks Display has useful prompts for general discussion work (small groups) and its budgeting slant also makes it suitable for numeracy classes. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyiani, Lakelands School, Sports & Language College, Shropshire margaretlago2@btopenworld.com Thank you Margaret. 2 pages. 17K. Will be filed under E3 and L1 number, money and 'engaging in discussion'.

23/10 Schemes of work - Literacy and Numeracy

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26 week Numeracy Scheme of Work for E3-L2. An extremely useful and well thought out plan, originally used with New Deal learners and based around the free DfES Skills for Life learning materials. Contributed by Jan Long, janlong@tiscali.co.uk Thank you Jan. 4 pages. 30K. Filed under General Number, Measure and Data Numeracy resources.

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26 week Literacy Scheme of Work for E3-L2. An extremely useful and well thought out plan, originally used with New Deal learners and based around the free DfES Skills for Life learning materials. Contributed by Jan Long, janlong@tiscali.co.uk Thank you Jan. 6 pages. 50K. Filed under General E3, L1 and L2 Literacy resources.

23/10  Embedding ILT (links to interactive activities) page updated.

22/10 Printable Resources Links and Useful Links for Tutors pages updated.

22/10 Excel worksheet generators (and Test Tips for numeracy exams)

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Test Tips for Numeracy provides great advice for students doing L1 or L2 adult numeracy exams. Contributed by Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 1 page. 70K. Filed under Exam tips on our Study Skills page. Free editable Word version available (see resource for details)

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Maths test is a very clever spreadsheet that produces a constant supply of different worksheets with the click of a button (you must enable macros for the 'recalculate' button to operate). It produces a very nicely laid 1 page worksheets with a fold-over (or cut -off!) answer strip - each page has 16 questions covering addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of large numbers and fractions (some of the fraction questions are beyond the scope of the L2 curriculum but can easily be omitted). Contributed by Edward Henderson merlincorozal@yahoo.com a teacher trainer in Belize. Thank you Edward - who wishes to let site users know that "he is willing to develop sheets for any competency at the different levels upon request for free". 100K. N1/L1.3 N1/L2.2 N2/L2.4

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Number properties is a very clever spreadsheet that produces a constant supply of different worksheets with the click of a button (you must enable macros for the 'recalculate' button to operate). It produces a very nicely laid 1 page worksheets with a fold-over (or cut -off!) answer strip - each page has 14 questions covering odd-even nos., factors, multiples and primes (for numbers up to 99). Contributed by Edward Henderson merlincorozal@yahoo.com a teacher trainer in Belize. Thank you Edward - who wishes to let site users know that "he is willing to develop sheets for any competency at the different levels upon request for free". 35K.  N1/L1.6 N1/L2.2

22/10 Written methods of calculation

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Grid method - long multiplication fact and worksheet gives step by step instructions plus lots of differentiated question to try. Contributed by Gaye Noel g.noel@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Gaye. 3 pages. 25K.  N1/L1.3 N1/L1.5  N1/L2.2

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Lattice long multiplication fact and worksheet gives step by step instructions plus lots of differentiated question to try. Contributed by Gaye Noel g.noel@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Gaye. 3 pages. 20K.  N1/L1.3 N1/L1.5  N1/L2.2.

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Long and short division is a great step by step guide to long, short and space saver division.  Contributed by Gaye Noel g.noel@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Gaye. 14 slides. Zipped PPT 80K.  N1/L1.3 N1/L2.2.

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Long multiplication provides an excellent step by step, very clear ann colourful guide to lattice, grid and traditional methods.  Contributed by Gaye Noel g.noel@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Gaye.17 slides. Zipped PPT. 30K. N1/L1.3 N1/L2.2.

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Times tables tips is a brilliant interactive PPT full of really workable tips and hints. Contributed by Gaye Noel g.noel@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Gaye. 16 slides. Zipped PPT 130K. N1/E3.5 N1/L1.5

22/10 More spelling

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Confusing words - sentence gamble is a great way to encourage proof reading and correct use of homophones and other confusables. Ideal for paired work. Contributed by Saul Pope, Bracknell and Wokingham College. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 2 pages. 20K. Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1

22/10 Comments page updated - thank you Fiona

20-21/10 Contextualised literacy resources for construction NVQ1-2 students

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Dangers of working with cement: skimming, scanning and comprehension exercise. A great way of improving reading skills whilst learning important health and safety information. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 65K. 3 pages. Rt/E3.6 Rt/E3.7 Rt/E3.8 Rt/L1.5 Rt/L2.7 and our  contextualised resources section.

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Cavity wall construction. Cloze exercises. A great way of improving reading and grammar skills alongside vocational knowledge. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 25K. 2 pages.  Rt/E3.1 Rt/L1.1 Rs/E3.2 Rs/L1.1 and our contextualised resources section.

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Bricklaying wordsearch for key vocabulary. Find 15 hidden words. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 45K. 2 pages. Rw/E3.1 Rw/L1.2 and our contextualised resources section.

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Brickwork: spelling key vocabulary. Spot the misspelled words and see if you can correct them. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 20K. 2 pages. Ww/E3.1 Ww/L1.1 and our contextualised resources section.

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Brickwork: Subject - verb agreement for construction. Select from is/are to create grammatically correct sentences. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 60K. 1 page. Ws/E3.2 Ws/L1.2 and our new contextualised resources section.

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Health and safety signs for construction. Fill-in exercise for Entry level students. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 100K. 4 pages. Rt/E1.2 and our new contextualised resources section.

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Bricklaying in hot and cold weather. Two cloze exercises. A great way of improving reading and grammar skills alongside vocational knowledge. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 30K. 2 pages.  Rt/E3.1 Rt/L1.1 Rs/E3.2 Rs/L1.1 and our new contextualised resources section.

17/10 Spelling

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Homophone cloze exercises provide excellent practice in recognising homophones. Contributed by Marion Crocker, Abingdon and Witney College, marion.crocker@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Thank you Marion. 13K. 1 page. Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1

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Make your own mnemonic is a handout or poster suitable for all spelling levels. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 1 page. 25K.  Ww/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E3.1 Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1

17/10 Mnemonics collection  Error fix - errors in the 'difficulty' mnemonic near the bottom of page 2. Thanks to Scott Lyon for reporting this error.

17/10 Help with Tarsia Formulator

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Making simplified Tarsia puzzles. Useful help sheet for those of you that are 'getting into' Tarsia Formulator and want to know how to use the centre of each of your puzzles as a simplified version or starting point. Also gives ideas for making puzzles more challenging. We now have a selection of 'fjsw' literacy and numeracy puzzles on site (search for fjsw using the Google site search box on our home page). Contributed by Dave Clapham, Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Dave. Will be filed on our General teaching resources page.

17/10 Text Level Puzzles, Powerpoint and Handout

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Steps to preparing an essay is a clear and useful handout / poster suitable for L1/L2 students. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 1 page. 90K Wt/L1.1 Wt/L2.1

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Dream - Writing an Acrostic Poem is a fabulous interactive PPT originally written for National Poetry Day 2007 (but ideal at any time!). Each page (many with type-in boxes) provides a separate task - ideal for groups or pairs. Provides a complete lesson through from initial discussion to presentation, feedback and reflection. From Moira Garland and Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Moira and Jenny. Zipped PPT. 14 screens. 160K. Rt/E3.1 Rt/L1.1 Rt/L2.1

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Purpose of text Tarsia puzzle is an original and thought provoking 24 piece hexagonal jigsaw puzzle where pairs or small groups of learners must match examples of text (e.g. novel, board game rules, bus timetable) to their main purpose (e.g. descriptive, instructional, informative, persuasive). Use for revision or as an ice breaker or starter activity. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle.  Created with Tarsia Formulator (see our Useful Links page for further details) which is available for free download and creates its own custom Tarsia (fjsw) files. Contributed by Andrea McCulloch, LEAP Skills for Life Centre, Barnard Castle and Learn East, Peterlee. Thank you Andrea.12K. Rt/L1.2.

17/10 Practical measuring sessions. Error fix - small typo on page 2, Q2 fixed (should have said "(actual lengths)" not "(actual weights)") and page ordering improved.

16/10 Prepositions

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13 Prepositions is a series of useful posters (or use as handout, or display via data projector) for Entry 1 ESOL/Literacy. Each preposition is accompanied by a clear diagram and sample sentence. Contributed by Cathy Barton, cathy.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College. Thank you Cathy. 13 pages. 300K. ESOL Rw/E1.1a Rs/E1.1a Lit Rw/E1.1 Rs/E1.1

25/10 Embedding ILT dead links fixed inc. updated links to Peter Symmonds which now has more than 100 free interactive downloads (great!).

15/10 Where did we go on Holiday - group numeracy. Error fix (formula for km to miles was wrong way up). Thanks to Judith White for reporting this error.

15/10 Tarsia equivalent fractions - mixed numbers jigsaw 16 piece square jigsaw. Error fix (apologies - previously it was matching 7 1/2  to 13/2 (should have been 6 1/2). Thanks to Judith White for reporting this error.

15/10 ICT Skills for Life or CLAIT

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Hot or Cold? Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct word and complete the sentence. Great reading and vocabulary practice for Entry 1 ESOL & Literacy students. Plus practice in using a mouse and drop down menus for Skills for Life ICT students. Contributed by Cathy Barton, cathy.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College. Thank you Cathy. 2 pages. 150K. ESOL Rw/E1.1a Rs/E1.1a Literacy Rw/E1.1 Rs/E1.1 and E1 Skills for Life ICT

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Umbrellas Inc. Invoice. Selecting, formatting, inserting clip art / Word Art, table, and proof reading practice - follow the onscreen instructions to produce a perfect invoice for Umbrellas Incorporated! Contributed Penny Kutz. Thank you Penny. 1 page. 45K. E3-L1 ICT Skills for Life / CLAIT.

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Builders Advertisement. Selecting, formatting, inserting clip art / header, and proof reading practice - follow the onscreen instructions to produce a perfect builder's ad safety poster. Contributed Penny Kutz. Thank you Penny. 1 page. 30K E3-L1 ICT Skills for Life / CLAIT.

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Ladder Safety Poster. Selecting, formatting, using Word Art and proof reading practice - follow the onscreen instructions to produce a perfect ladder safety poster. Contributed Penny Kutz. Thank you Penny. 1 page. 80K E3-L1 ICT Skills for Life / CLAIT.

14-15/10 Entry phonics, reading comprehension  and form filling

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Form filling vocabulary - a Game of Definitions makes a great introduction to form filling and is ideal for group, team or individual work. 56 questions. Contributed by Emma Hall, Basic Skills Lecturer at Reaseheath College emmahall@reaseheath.ac.uk Thank you Emma. 57 slides.  Zipped PPT. 25K Rw/E1.1 Rw/E3.2

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'oo' sounds is a useful phonics sheet (spelling and reading) originally written to help a dyslexic learner distinguish between the different sounds made by the grapheme 'oo'. Contributed by Karen Bruin. Thank you Karen. 1 page. 15K. Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2

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Mary and Sam / tch words - read the story (a great twist at the end!), highlight and practise writing the -tch words (also introduces -ed and -ing suffixes) and then complete a crossword. Yet another set of excellent phonics activities from Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 6 pages. 150K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2 Rt/E2.1

14/10 Entry numeracy vocabulary

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The Four Operations - mathematical vocabulary provides a great introduction to basic Entry Level number work. Matching activity and fill-in exercise. Contributed by Paul Nixon. Thank you Paul. 3 pages. 30K N1/E1.4 N1/E1.5 N1/E1.6 N1/E2.5 N1/E3.6 N1/E2.7 N1/E3.9

14/10 Quick Teaching Ideas page updated with Halloween ideas. (This page is for those of you who have plenty of ideas but no time to contribute formatted printable resources). PLEASE read and share your ideas!

13/10 History

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pre-Roman Britain and Boudicca’s revolt 5 page workpack covers punctuation and vocabulary. Written for history students that are also covering basic literacy but useful for any students with an interest in ancient Britain. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 280K. Rs/E3.3 Ws/E3.4 Rw/L1.1 Rs/L1.2 Ws/L1.3 Rw/L2.2 Rw/L2.3 Rs/L2.2 Ws/L2.4 and our new contextualised resources section.

11/10 Literacy PowerPoints

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Question Marks is an interactive PPT with type in boxes (great with a cordless keyboard). Each page provides a separate task - ideal for groups or pairs. From Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Jenny. Zipped PPT. 7 screens. 120K Rs/E2.4 Ws/E2.3

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Writing paragraphs explains all about topic, supporting and ending sentences with good, clear examples. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 7 slides. Zipped PPT. 180K. Wt/E3.2 Wt/L1.3 Wt/L2.3

10/10 Halloween numeracy

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Halloween probability provides wonderful differentiated topical practice in expressing the likelihood of single events! Contributed by Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 3 pages. 120K HD2/L1.1 HD2/L1.2

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Halloween ratios for topical practice (makes a great starter activity) plus a free Halloween cakes recipe! Contributed by Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 2 pages. 30K  N1/L1.7 N1/L2.3

09/10 Parts of speech

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What's an adverb? Single page handout PPT gives straightforward explanation and examples followed by practice. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill.100K. Rs/L1.1

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Quick diagnostic test to assess students' knowledge of 'parts of speech'.  Very useful and also makes a good launching point for work on sentence structure. Contributed by Jim Gourlay, Sheffield College Jim.Gourlay@sheffcol.ac.uk Thank you Jim. 1 page. 20K. Rs/E3.2 Rs/L1.1 Ws/E2.2 Ws/E2.4

08/10 Practical measuring work

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updated 07/02/08 Practical sessions - weights, lengths, areas, capacities. Great, self-contained set of estimating, measuring and calculating activities designed to cover 4 sessions.  Contributed by Tim Goldstein. Thank you Tim. 10 pages. 50K MSS1/E3.5 MSS1/E3.6 MSS1/E3.7 MSS1/E3.8 MSS1/L1.4 MSS1/L1.8 MSS1/L1.9

08/10 Football resources

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2007-08 Premiership and Championship football team cards for alphabetical ordering and/or reading practice. Simple but popular and useful resource that can be quickly differentiated for different levels by removing multiple teams beginning with same letter, working with all cards or just premiership cards, etc. Best enlarged to A3 and laminated. 1 page. 44 cards. 30K. ). Rw/E2.4  Rw/E3.4 Rw/E2.2

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Football statistics. Find out which premiership team has the best (and worst!) value season ticket, look at the probabilities of different half time scores and much more! Keith Ball, Newcastle (Staffs). Thank you Keith. 1 page plus answer sheet. 130K.  HD1/L1.3 HD2/L1.1 HD2/L1.2

04/10 Favourite downloads chart now updated with September statistics. Apologies to contributors who are still waiting for their resources to appear. It had been a busy month with little time to work on the site! I  hope to upload lots of new resources during October - these will be processed in chronological order starting with those received from Aug 12 2007.

Resources added or updated September 2007

26/09 Parts of speech

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What's a verb? Clear PPT gives straightforward explanations about 'doing' and 'being' verbs. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 7 slides. Zipped PPT 330K. Rs/E3.1 Ws/E3.2

26/09 Contextualised numeracy for horticulture, gardening, catering, etc.

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Decimals in the Garden. Great way to practise adding and subtracting decimals. Ideal for any students with an interest in gardening. Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 4 pages. 120K N2/L1.5 MSS1/E3.1 MSS1/L1.1  and our new contextualised resources section.

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Decimals in the Kitchen. Great way to practise adding and subtracting decimals. Ideal for any students with an interest in cooking. Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 4 pages. 110K N2/L1.5 MSS1/E3.1 MSS1/L1.1  and our new contextualised resources section.

07/09 Comments page updated

06/09 Favourite downloads chart now updated with August statistics.

04/09 Please note the Favourite downloads chart cannot yet be updated with August statistics due to server problems. My hosting service is working on this.

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Resources added or updated August 2007

16/08 Tarsia jigsaw - numeracy matching games created with the free Tarsia Formulator program.

Please note you must download the free Tarsia Formulator software from Hermitech before you can use the fjsw (Tarsia jigsaw) files below. Once you have installed the Tarsia software you can load up the files, print them out as puzzles, print them out in a table, print the solution and edit as you wish.

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Fractions of quantities and measures jigsaw is a 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle for learners to match up questions on fractions of money, measures (and pizza!) to the correct answers. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity. Contributed by Dave Clapham, Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Dave. 12K fjsw file Tarsia Formulator needed to view, edit and print this file. N2/L1.2

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updated error fix 10/07  Equivalent fractions - mixed numbers jigsaw is a 16 piece square jigsaw puzzle for learners to match up various numbers of halves and quarters to their equivalents. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity. Contributed by Dave Clapham, Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Dave. 11K fjsw file Tarsia Formulator needed to view, edit and print this file. N2/E3.2 N2/L1.1 N2/L2.4

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Equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages hexagonal jigsaw is a 24 piece jigsaw puzzle with triangular pieces for learners to match up. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity. Contributed by Dave Clapham, Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Dave. 10K fjsw file Tarsia Formulator needed to view, edit and print this file. N2/L1.3 N2/L2.2

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Times tables jigsaws are two 24 piece jigsaw puzzles with triangular pieces for learners to match up. Use for revision or as a warm-up activity. Covers tables from x1 to x12. two versions available - each with different questions. Contributed by Dave Clapham, Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Dave. 2 x10K fjsw files Tarsia Formulator needed to view, edit and print this file. N1/E3.5 N1/L1.5

15/08 Level 2 grammar check. Triangular jigsaw - matching game created with the free Tarsia Formulator program.

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Level 2 grammar check is a 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle where pairs or small groups of learners must match grammatical terms to the correct examples. Use for revision or as an ice breaker or starter near the beginning of term (and as a disguised initial assessment!). Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle. Terms covered include: apostrophes, pronouns, phrases, proper nouns, conjunctions, statements, etc. 2 pages of puzzle to be laminated and cut out, plus answer sheet. 30K. Created with Tarsia Formulator (see below and our Useful Links page for further details) which is available for free download and creates its own custom Tarsia (fjsw) files. Rs/L2 Ws/L2 (also suitable for E3 and L1 as parts of the puzzle can be put together using deduction and elimination).

14/08 Useful sites for tutors links page updated with link to a great free program called Tarsia Formulator that can create fantastic multi-sensory, hands-on resources for all topics and levels.

14/08 Multi-purpose hands-on resources

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updated Multi-purpose card based resources for Entry level literacy and numeracy (first uploaded 31/10/2001). One of our most popular resources has now been given a facelift. Includes 'Follow Me' warm-up activity cards on ordering days, months and seasons - for group numeracy sessions (EL1-EL3), also suitable for Literacy (Reading levels E1-E3). Small cards for matching months/days to abbreviations or order. Larger cards for playing matching / sorting games /alphabetical ordering and spelling. Useful key word reference sheets connected to time and numbers. Cheque writing help. Match upper and lower case key words. With dozens of teaching ideas. Best printed on card or laminated. 17 pages. 85K. Rw/E1.1 Rw/E1.3 Rw/E2.1 Rw/E2.4  Rw/E3.4 Ww/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 MSS1/E1.2 MSS1/E2.3 MSS1/E3.3 N1/E1.2 N1/E1.3 N1/E2.2.

13/08 More contextualised resources for hairdressing

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Important spellings for hairdressers is a useful practice list that can be kept in students folders. Contributed by Debbie Hulse, Cannock Chase Technical College, Thank you Debbie. 1 page. 16K. Ww/E3.1 Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section.

10/08 Contextualised numeracy for Motor Vehicles

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Working with decimals - petrol price and car accessories multi-sensory activities. Great way to practise adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals. Ideal for Motor Vehicle students and any E3-L2 learners that are interested in cars. Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 9 pages. 300K N2/L1.5 N2/L1.7 N2/L2.6 MSS1/E3.1 MSS1/L1.1 MSS1/L2.1 and our new contextualised resources section.

10/08 Level 2 worksheets

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Perimeter, circumference and area provides practice with both regular and non-regular shapes. 1 page plus answer sheet. Contributed by Ian Saunders, Darlington Borough Council Training Unit Ian.Saunders@darlington.gov.uk Thank you Ian. 40K. MSS1/L2.7 MSS1/2.8

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Percentage problems provides practice with all L2 percentage curriculum elements (VAT, increase & decrease, evaluate one no. as % of another, %s of quantities & measurements). 1 page plus answer sheet. Contributed by Ian Saunders, Darlington Borough Council Training Unit Ian.Saunders@darlington.gov.uk Thank you Ian. 30K. N2/L2.7 N2/L2.8 N2/L2.9

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Scales and conversions provides practice converting between real life distances and those on scale maps and plans. 2 pages plus answer sheet. Contributed by Ian Saunders, Darlington Borough Council Training Unit Ian.Saunders@darlington.gov.uk Thank you Ian. 35K. MSS1/L2.10

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Converting currency provides practice converting between pounds and euros.  1 page plus answer sheet. Contributed by Ian Saunders, Darlington Borough Council Training Unit Ian.Saunders@darlington.gov.uk Thank you Ian. 25K. MSS1/L2.1

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Converting measures provides practice converting between metric and Imperial units of capacity, length\distance and weight.  1 page plus answer sheet. Contributed by Ian Saunders, Darlington Borough Council Training Unit Ian.Saunders@darlington.gov.uk Thank you Ian. 30K. MSS1/L2.6

10/08 Printable resource sites and Useful sites for tutors links page updated

09/08 Supporters list updated

08/08 New BBC Skillswise Entry 3 link added to Embedding ILT  and Printable Resource Sites  pages

08/08 ICT Skills for Life or CLAIT

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Selecting, highlighting and formatting practice - 4 different documents (of varying complexity). A poem about cats; a restaurant menu; information about dogs, cats and trees! (some are also suitable for reading & comprehension work). Two include formatting instructions, others are to be reproduced as closely as possible to practice advanced formatting skills. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 4 pages. 360K. E3-L1 ICT Skills for Life / CLAIT.

6-8/08 Word and sentence level resources

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What are conjunctions? Information, examples of using conjunctions to join two sentences, plus related worksheet. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 65K. Ws/E3.1 Ws/L1.1 Rs/E3.2 Rs/L1.1

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What's a thesaurus? Information, examples of using synonyms to change sentences, plus related worksheet. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 80K. Rw/L2.3

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Nouns - what you need to know! Clear PPT gives straightforward explanations and examples of common, collective and proper nouns. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 10 slides. Zipped PPT 350K. Rs/E2.4, Rs/E3.3, Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4.

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What makes a sentence? explains about end of sentence markers and includes a practice sheet where students must finish each sentence with the correct punctuation mark.. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 55K. Ws/L1.3 Ws/E3.4

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What is a sentence? explains about subjects and verbs and includes a practice sheet. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 110K. Ws/L1.2 Ws/E3.2

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Homophones has 3 beautifully clear handouts on three sets of common homophones  along with a practice sheet on there - their - they're. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 4 pages. 150K. Ww/L1.1

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Homographs has a clear handout about 'bat' and a practice sheet on 'bow' and 'scales'. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 120K. Rw/E2.2 Rw/E3.1 Rw/E3.5 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E3.1

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Super League Syllables shows you how to count syllables and use this to help spell Super League team names. Contributed by Gill Gallagher, Barnsley College g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 70K. 2 pages. Ww/E3.2

2/08 Contextualised resources for painting and decorating

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Writing a job programme is a great 3 hour Key Skills Communication / Literacy Level 1 lesson plan for Painting & Decorating students. Also includes cards for hands-on planning and discussion (in small groups) and work sheet / writing frame for drafting a job program for a 3 bedroom house. Contributed by Clive Robertson, Newcastle College. clive.robertson@ncl-coll.ac.uk Thank you Clive. 7 pages. 40K. Covers elements in SLlr, SLc, SLd, Rt, Ws, Wt, Ww and will be listed under General Level 1 Literacy and our new contextualised resources section.

02/08 Favourite downloads chart now with statistics for July 07

01/08 New site map added. I hope this helps site users find what they're looking for! Remember there is also a Google site search box on the home page.

Resources added or updated July 2007

31/07 updated Describing people online cloze activities and quizzes 

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all 3 updated Describing people (first uploaded 12 July 2004) cloze, quiz and writing activity focusing on key words (colours and clothes). Linked to the SfL Literacy E1 unit 1 Lost and Found. Cloze 1  - select correct words to describe people. Quiz 1 -'Who am I'. Fill-in - students write their own sentences. Rs/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 Rw/E1.2 Ws/E1.1 Ww/E1.1 Teaching tips and illustrated key word help page.

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both updated 12/7/04 Keeping a bike safe (first uploaded 4 July 2004). Two on-screen cloze exercises.  Cloze 1  - select correct words from drop down menus, Cloze 2 - type in correct words from word bank. Used independently or with Skills for Life learner materials and audio CDs (Literacy Entry 1 unit 1 Lost and Found). SLlr/E1.3 Rt/E1.1 Rt/E1.2 Rs/E1.1 Rw/E1.1. Cloze created using the excellent free Testmaker from The Big Bus.

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31/07 updated Entry Level 1-2 interactive Word worksheets

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updated Sounds the same as (first uploaded 18/02/04). Interactive worksheet to complete on-screen. Select the matching rhyming word from drop down menus. Contributed by Billy Count, Abingdon & Witney College. Thank you Billy.Rw/E2.2 40K

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updated Medicine Instructions 2. (first uploaded 10/04/04) Select words from drop down menus to complete sentences; and construct complete sentences to match pictures. Use independently or with SfL learner materials ESOL E1 unit 5 (Health) and audio CDs (ESOL Entry 1A tracks 42-45). Rt/E1.1 Rt/E1.2 Rs/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 ESOL. Rt/E1.1b  Rs/E1.1a. 60K

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updated Medicine Instructions 1 (first uploaded 14/03/04) Interactive Word worksheet to be completed on-screen. Drag correct instructions to each picture using mouse or keyboard. To be used independently or in conjunction with Skills for Life learner materials and audio CDs ESOL Entry 1 unit 5 (Health) Rt/E1.1 Rt/E1.2 Rs/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 ESOL. Rt/E1.1b  Rs/E1.1a. 60K

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updated How to keep a bike Safe I. (first uploaded 25/02/04) Interactive Word worksheet to be completed on-screen. Drag correct instructions to each picture using mouse or keyboard. To be used independently or in conjunction with Skills for Life learner materials and audio CDs (Literacy Entry 1 unit 1 Lost and Found) SLlr/E1.3 Rt/E1.1 Rt/E1.2 Rs/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 90K

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updated How to keep a bike Safe II. (first uploaded 07/04/04) Interactive Word worksheet to be completed on-screen. Two sections: Select words from drop down menus to complete sentences, then construct complete sentences to match pictures.  To be used independently or in conjunction with Skills for Life learner materials and audio CDs (Literacy Entry 1 unit 1 Lost and Found).Rt/E1.1 Rt/E1.2 Rs/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 60K

31/07 The following pages (and all links on them) have been fully updated and checked. Although some of these pages date back to 2001 they still contain useful teaching ideas, links and resources.

Index to Free Literacy and Numeracy Lesson Plans, Interactive Schemes of Work and other teaching ideas for Adult Basic Skills Teachers

News, diary and very rough scheme of work for Literacy Workshop E2-L2 students (2001-02)

Group teaching session (E3-L2). Using adjectives and persuasive language to write estate agents' house ads

Descriptive / Persuasive Writing - House for Sale: Individual Projects. E2-L1 Adult Literacy

Scheme of Work (annual) Entry 1 Literacy

Entry 1-2 Writing: Individual Projects (hobbies)

Scheme of Work Levels 1-2 Adult Numeracy (pre GCSE maths) 2003-04

Individual work ideas and scheme of work L1-2 numeracy (preGCSE maths) 2004-5

Brookes Basic Skills Theme Day - Literacy Resources

Brookes Basic Skills Theme Day - answer sheet to web hunt

26/07 updated Excel long term plans for Entry literacy and complete literacy curriculum (first uploaded 25/11/05) Unnecessary and dead hyperlinks removed from some spreadsheets. Each plan covers 12 terms for students working towards OCR Entry level certificates in adult literacy and is mapped to the Skills for Life learner materials (available free from the Read Write Plus site). All files contributed by Di Jenkins, jenkd006@medway.org.uk Bradfields School FE Unit, Gillingham, Kent. Thank you Di.

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Long term plan for Entry 2 Literacy. 40K

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Long term plan for Entry 3 Literacy. 45K

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Adult literacy curriculum - all elements, all levels from E1-L2. 60K

25/07 All links pages checked, dead links updated or removed.  More links added  - Embedding ILT (3 new links), Printable Resource Sites (7 new links), Useful Links for Tutors (3 new links). Please note this is a mammoth task as there are 3164 external links on the site - please report any dead links you find as I only have time to check them all once a year.

20/07 (mostly) Level 2 numeracy

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Fraction Skills for Working Life two great PPTs covering many aspects of L1-2 fractions. With explanations and followed by lots of practical problems (menus, production lines, time sheets) to work on in pairs or small groups. Contributed by Paul Hodson, Dudley College paul.hodson@dudleycol.ac.uk Thank you Paul. 2 x 18 slides. 2 zipped PPTs (one for students, one for teacher with answers. etc.) 40K. N2/L1.1 N2/L1.2 N2/L2.1 N2/L2.3 N2/L2.4

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Fractions lesson plan to accompany the Fraction Skills PPT (above) is a super example of good practice. Contributed by Paul Hodson, Dudley College paul.hodson@dudleycol.ac.uk Thank you Paul. 3 pages. 25K. N2/L1.1 N2/L1.2 N2/L2.1 N2/L2.3 N2/L2.4

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Running a Business is a wonderful Level 2 themed assignment covering area, volume, formulae, averages, range, percentages, scale drawings and ratios. Contributed by Ian Saunders, Darlington Borough Council Training Unit Ian.Saunders@darlington.gov.uk Thank you Ian. 6 pages. 130K. MSS1/2.8 MSS1/L2.9 MSS1/L2.10 HD1/L2.3 HD1/L2.4 N2/L2.7 N2/L2.8 N1/L2.3

19/07 Warm-ups and starters - Entry 2 upwards

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Aim Higher makes a great starter activity. Covers mental maths and written maths with the four operations and can be extended to cover BIDMAS (order of operations). Needs standard dice and dice (or cards) with mathematical symbols (see our useful links page for a good supplier of mathematical dice). Contributed by Anne Pender, Diana Hookway and Louise Rowell (level 2 learners at Abingdon & Witney College) and Sarah Richards (who provided the dice!) Sarah.Richards@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Abingdon and Witney College. Thank you Anne, Diana and Louise. 1 page. 45K. N1/E3.3 N1/E3.5 N1/E3.6 N1/L1.5 N1/L1.6 N1/L2.2

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updated (first uploaded 07/08/02) 1 2 3 Warm up activities covers mental maths with the four operations and can be extended to cover odd, even & square numbers; multiples; etc. No resources needed. Contributed by Sarah Richards Sarah.Richards@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Abingdon and Witney College. Thank you Sarah. 1 page. 25K. N1/E3.3 N1/E3.5 N1/E3.6 N1/L1.5 N1/L1.6 N1/L2.2

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updated (first uploaded 24/05/03) Restaurant Bills warm-up covers mental and paper-based money skills from Entry 2 to Level 2. All you need are copies of local food menus (or make up your own on the blank provided). Contributed by Sarah Richards Sarah.Richards@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Abingdon and Witney College. Thank you Sarah. 2 pages. 70K. MSS1/E2.2 MSS1/E3.1 MSS1/L1.1 MSS1/L2.1

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updated (first uploaded 24/05/03) Government Spending warm-up will provoke much discussion and improve confidence with dealing with statistics. Covers ordering and working with large numbers (up to billions) and extracting information from pie charts. Updated to reflect the latest 2007 Budget stats. Contributed by Sarah Richards Sarah.Richards@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Abingdon and Witney College. Thank you Sarah. 1 page. 45K. N1/E3.1 N1/L1.1 N1/L2.1 HD1/E3.1 HD1/L1.1 HD1/L2.1

18/07 Practice Entry Literacy Assignments (in the style of City and Guilds assignments)

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A Trip to the Library Entry 1 assignment provides excellent practice for City and Guilds assignment. Layout and questions are in exactly the same style as the 'real thing' - complete with assessment pack and a transcript for the listening tape. Contributed by Pam James pamjeanjames@yahoo.co.uk Bury Adult Education Service. Thank you Pam.11 pages. 50K. Covers reading, writing, speaking and listening and will be filed under General E1 Literacy resources.

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A Trip to the Library Entry 2 assignment provides excellent practice for City and Guilds assignment. Layout and questions are in exactly the same style as the 'real thing' - complete with assessment pack and a transcript for the listening tape. Contributed by Pam James pamjeanjames@yahoo.co.uk Bury Adult Education Service. Thank you Pam.13 pages. 60K. Covers reading, writing, speaking and listening and will be filed under General E2 Literacy resources.

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A Trip to the Library Entry 3 assignment provides excellent practice for City and Guilds assignment. Layout and questions are in exactly the same style as the 'real thing' - complete with assessment pack and a transcript for the listening tape. Contributed by Pam James pamjeanjames@yahoo.co.uk Bury Adult Education Service. Thank you Pam.16 pages. 90K. Covers reading, writing, speaking and listening and will be filed under General E3 Literacy resources.

18/07 Literacy (and ESOL) - various levels

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Talk about Communication is a short but very useful PPT that is bound to stimulate much discussion about the different ways we communicate. Contributed by Sarah Ritchie busybee81@yahoo.com The Hope Foundation. Thank you Sarah. 6 slides, 140K zipped PPT file. Filed under General Teaching Resources.

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Verb alphabet is a simple but very effective worksheet for Entry 3 sentence level work. It can be easily adapted for other levels and topics (teaching ideas are included).  Contributed by Katherine Platt KPlatt@joseph-priestley.ac.uk Joseph Priestly College, Leeds. Thank you Katherine.3 pages. 20K. Ws/E3.2

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Letters presentation is a great way to introduce formal and informal letter writing. Takes you through the purpose and style of informal/formal letters and then gives a detailed example of a formal letter of complaint. Final slide has an excellent set of follow-up exercises. Contributed by Robert Holt Rholt@henley-cov.ac.uk Henley College, Coventry. Thank you Bob.  8 slides, 25K zipped PPT file. Wt/L2.4 Wt/L2.5 Wt/L1.4 Wt/L1.5

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Tigger the Hunter is a wonderful, illustrated story written by Tracy Richardson, Level 1 Literacy learner at Henley College, Coventry. Thank you Tracy. Contact through Robert Holt, Rholt@henley-cov.ac.uk, who suggests using this story with Entry 2 -3 learners for reading comprehension / reading in detail, recognising high frequency words, adjectives, phonics & decoding (especially consonant clusters). 6 double pages. 240K. Rt/E2.1 Rt/E3.1 Rt/E3.8 Rw/E3.5 Rw/E2.1 Ws/E2.2 Rw/E2.2

01/07 Favourite downloads chart now with statistics for June 07

Resources added or updated June 2007

26-30/06 More Entry 1 ESOL PowerPoints and dialogue cards - please read the notes area on slide 1 of each PPT for teaching ideas, curriculum links, etc.

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A trip to the cinema is an interactive narrative that follows family as they select a film to see (skimming and scanning), catch the bus (buying a ticket), ask for directions to the cinema, buy cinema tickets and snacks! Provides prompts, dialogue scripts, maps and other ideas for speaking and listening work. Ideal for revision or recapping after student have covered buying things, giving directions, asking for information, etc. 8 slides. Zipped PPT 480K Sc/E1.2a Sc/E1.3b Sc/E1.3c Sc/E1.4c Lr/E1.3b Rt/E1.1b Rw/E1.1a

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Buying a ticket provides prompts, dialogue scripts and other ideas for speaking and listening work, along with reading practice (obtaining information from texts). Covers football, cinema, bus and train tickets. Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 4 - Local Transport, page 11 - Buying a ticket) but can be used alone. 8 slides Zipped PPT 470K Sc/E1.1a/b Sc/E1.2a Sc/E1.3b Sc/E1.3d Lr/E1.2b Rt/E1.1b Rw/E1.1a

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Weather, temperature and seasons covers vocabulary and spelling topics along with many ideas for speaking practice (asking about the temperature, making small talk).  Lots of examples using intensifier 'very'. Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 8 - Friends and Family, page 5 - The Weather) but can be used alone. 6 slides. Zipped PPT 120K.  Ww/E1.1a Rw/E1.1a Sc/E1.3b Sc\E1.4a Sc/E1.4d Sd/E1.1c

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Phoning for help dialogue cards accompanies the Problems in the Home PPT (below) and is adapted from the Teacher's notes for ESOL E1 Skills for Life Unit 7 (Homes) materials (but can be used independently). 2 pages (enough cards for 2 pairs of students). 30K. Sd/E1.1b. Lr/1.4b Lr/E1.5c.

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Problems in the home provides group spelling and vocabulary practice along with ideas for speaking practice. Look at the pictures, discuss what the people do (electricians, gas engineers, plumbers, etc.) and the problems they fix. Then type the correct spelling into the box (ideal with a cordless keyboard) before checking the correct spelling with a mouse click. Finish with some skimming and scanning practice using related information from the Yellow Pages. Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 7 - Homes) but can be used alone. Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c Rw/E1.1a Rt/1.1b Rt/E2.1b

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Buildings provides group spelling and vocabulary practice along with ideas for speaking practice. Look at the picture, then type the spelling into the box (ideal with a cordless keyboard) before checking the correct spelling with a mouse click. Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 7 - Homes) but can be used alone. Examples include castle, palace, windmill, Big Ben, bungalow and more. 13 slides. Zipped PPT 360K. Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c Rw/E1.1a

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Buying clothes dialogue cards and clothes card accompanies the Buying Clothes PPT (below) and is adapted from the Teacher's notes for ESOL E1 Skills for Life Unit 9 (Shopping 2) materials (but can be used independently). 3 pages (enough cards for 6 pairs of students). 20K Rw/E1.1a Sc/E1.2a Sc/E1.3b Sc\E1.4a

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Buying clothes provides group vocabulary work along with many ideas for speaking practice.  Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 9 - Shopping 2) but can be used alone. Covers buying a t-shirt (can be used with separate dialogue/clothes cards available above as PDF file), laundry symbols, UK shoe and clothes sizes, fabric patterns. 6 slides. Zipped PPT 400K. Rw/E1.1a Sc/E1.2a Sc/E1.3b Sc\E1.4a

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Clothes provides group spelling and vocabulary practice along with ideas for speaking practice (giving descriptions). With examples of the use of "A pair of..." (shoes, shorts, trousers, etc.). 5 slides. Zipped PPT 260K. Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c Rw/E1.1a Sc/E1.4d

22/06 Entry 2 practice

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updated author information 28/06/07 Entry 2 practice assignment - Day Trip to Skegness covers many E2 elements, in the style of City & Guild assignments - great for homework, revision & practice. Contributed by Judith Scullion and Marie Gullick, Level 1 learners at Henley College. Coventry. Thank you Judith and Marie. 7 pages inc answer sheet. 160K. E2 whole numbersmeasures and data.

22/06 Comments page updated - details of e-petition against funding cuts. Thanks Jenny!

21/06 Teaching ideas for Word Maps

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Teaching ideas for using our popular word maps. Lots of ideas for using our Word Root and Letter String Maps in creative and multi-sensory way! 2 pages. 90K. Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1. Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1 Note: these word maps are available:  Port   Spect   -eigh-  Clean  -augh-

20/06 Problem pages

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Problem Page is a great way to encourage paired reading, writing and discussion skills. Students discuss a typical problem from a tabloid newspaper page and then, in pairs, work on different problems and how they would solve them. For Entry 3, L1/2 ESOL and Literacy. Contributed by Saul Pope, Education and Youth Services, High Wycombe. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 12 pages. 60K. Rt/E3.1 Rt/L1.1 Rt/L2.1 Wt/E3 Wt/L1 Wt/L2 SLd/E3 SLd/L1 SLd/L2

19/06 Supermarket research!

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Wolverhampton supermarket location research. Great way to practise using alphabetical order (and maps) to locate information. Note - probably best for those that live in the Wolverhampton area and requires a local AtoZ map (but the idea could easily be adapted for any area). Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton Thank you Jennifer. jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk 4 pages. 30K Rw/E3.4 Rt/E3.5 Rt/E3.9

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Supermarket floor plan. Multi-sensory alphabetical ordering activity that is bound to provoke lots of discussion! Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton Thank you Jennifer. jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk 3 pages. 35K Rw/E2.4  Rw/E3.4

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Evaluating supermarket web sites. Your task is to set up a new web site for 'Blackwell Supermarkets' but you need to check out the competition first! Encourage your learners to use and evaluate organisational features of web pages. 4 questionnaires (with tailored questions) for Tesco, Aldi, Morrisons and Asda. Contributed by Jennifer Wiliamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton Thank you Jennifer. jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk 4 pages. 33K. Rt/L1.4 Rt/L2.6

19/06 Comments page updated thanks Gaby!

19/06 Level 2 numeracy

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Planning a holiday is a super Level 2 lesson that focuses mostly on conversions (currency, distances and temperature). Great for the end of term. Contributed by Gabrielle Adnitt, Milton Keynes Adult Education  gadnitt@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Gaby. 2 pages. 90K MSS1/L2.1 MSS1/L2.6 N1/L2.4

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What do we recycle? Makes a great group starter activity. Focuses on a topical pie chart but also covers large numbers, rounding and percentages. Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 2 pages. 30K HD1/L2.1

18-19/06 Entry Level Measures and Data

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Tally charts 4 tallies provide ideal practice for City and Guilds Entry 3 assignments. Boys' names, girls' names, favourite colours, favourite fruit. Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton Thank you Jennifer. jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk 5 pages. 65K. HD1/E3.3

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Which is the best unit? 3 page picture worksheet - student selects the best metric unit to measure given object. Covers length, distance, weight and capacity. Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton Thank you Jennifer. jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk  1 page. 100K. MSS1/E3.8

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How much liquid? Fill in table for estimating capacities - great for hands on measuring work. Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk Thank you Jennifer. 1 page. 100K. MSS1/E2.7 MSS1/E3.7

18/06 Fraction - Decimal (Money) PowerPoints

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Pounds to pence PPT provides quick practice converting from pounds to pence, and vice versa. Lots of questions pop up allowing learners to solve them at their own pace. Great for a warm up before work on entering money correctly using a calculator. etc. Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk Thank you Jennifer. Zipped PPT file. 3 slides. 60K. N2/E3.3 MSS1/E3.1

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Fractions - naming and simplifying PPT provides clear explanations followed by plenty of practice. A wide range of individual problems pop up allowing learners to solve them at their own pace. Great for revising 'naming fractions' and introducing equivalents and simplifying. Contributed by Jennifer Williamson, Juniper Training, Wolverhampton jennifer.williamson@junipertraining.co.uk Thank you Jennifer. Zipped PPT file. 10 slides. 110K. N2/E3.1 N2/E3.2 N2/L1.1 N2/L1.3 N2/L2.1 N2/L2.2

08/06 Entry 1 ESOL PowerPoints - please read the notes area on slide 1 of each PPT for teaching ideas, curriculum links, etc.

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Travel and Transport provides group spelling and vocabulary practice. 15 individual forms of transport - look at the picture, then type the spelling into the box (ideal with a cordless keyboard) before checking the correct spelling with a mouse click. There is then a page of more unusual forms of travel followed by a final group writing activity. 18 slides. Zipped PPT 390K. Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c Rw/E1.1a

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Food and Food Containers provides vocabulary practice with a series of paired examples of 'container phrases' e.g. a coffee cup - a cup of coffee; an egg box  - a box of eggs, a wine glass - a glass of wine, etc. Type in boxes are ideal for group spelling practice with a cordless keyboard. 14 slides. Zipped PPT 700K. The final slide is an extension writing activity to be used with a separate Word shopping list template (see below) and/or ESOL DfES Skill for Life Materials (E1, Unit 3). Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c Rw/E1.1a Wt/E1.1a

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Complete the shopping list writing frame accompanies the writing extension task on slide 14 of the Food and Food Container PPT above (but could be used for other short spelling checks). 1 page (6 shopping lists). 20K Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c Rw/E1.1a Wt/E1.1a

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Fruit and vegetables provides group spelling, vocabulary and speaking practice. Also useful for recapping count / non-count nouns (e.g. asparagus), indefinite article  (e.g. an apricot) and special plurals (tomatoes, radishes). Originally used with a cordless keyboard and mouse to practice spelling homework. Can easily be adapted to include your own group's key spellings /vocabulary. 12 slides. 10 words. The final slide is a quick picture quiz. Zipped PPT 280K. Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c Ww/E2.1b

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Everyday objects provides group spelling, vocabulary and speaking practice. Originally used with a cordless keyboard and mouse to practice spelling homework. Can easily be adapted to include your own group's key spellings /vocabulary. 13 slides. 12 key words. Zipped PPT 280K. Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1c

08/06 Improved Google search box added to home page. The Old Google Public Service Search has been removed and replaced with a Google Co-op search facility.  The search facility now searches through all resources, including several hundred older resources that are still in our old domain space (i.e. those uploaded previous to 2005).

02/06 Favourite downloads chart now with statistics for May 07

1/06 A Weekend Away

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Weekend away is a substantial 9 page resource designed to encourage students to tackle large projects in bite sized pieces. Originally used with E2E learners but suitable for all age groups. Aimed at E3- L1, it covers many literacy and numeracy topics and also requires some IT and research skills. Also makes an ideal Key Skills project. Contributed by Antony Cahill, Work-Solutions, Manchester. Antony.Cahill@work-solutions.org.uk Thank you Tony. 120K. Filed under Generic resources  and Level 1 Key Skills Portfolios

1/06 Teaching reflections

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Reflections - Level 2 Smarties investigation is a wonderful report on a Level 2 data handling investigation. Contributed by Gabrielle Adnitt, Milton Keynes Adult Education  gadnitt@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Gaby. 1 page. 20K. Filed under General Teaching Resources and Level 2 Data Handling
The following Smarties resources are available: Smarties investigation E1-L1, Smarties investigation L1-L2, Grids for Smarties bar charts & pictograms, M&Ms Fractions

Resources added or updated May 2007

30-31/05 Entry and preEntry literacy

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A present for Charlie's Mum is adapted from Vicky Maltby's 'A Gift for Charlie's Mum' (still available) which focuses on consonant digraphs th ch and sh. This version has been simplified for Entry 1 students and the story has changed slightly (in this version it is Mum's birthday - not Mothers' Day!). There are extra pictures and new comprehension questions. Contributed by Leo McPartland, Tower Hamlets College leo.mcpartland@tower.ac.uk Thank you Leo. 3 pages. 300K Ww/E1.3 Rt/E1.1 Rs/E1.1 Rw/E1.2

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Charlie's Mum Crossword to accompany Vicky Maltby's 'A Gift for Charlie's Mum' (still available) which focuses on consonant digraphs th ch and sh. Contributed by Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 2 pages. 40K Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2 Rw/E3.5 Ww/E3.2

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Letter Sounds v2 covers the sounds of all letters (except x) in initial positions. Look at and say the letter sound then click to see a related picture and spelling. From Laurence Fletcher, Wolverhampton City College / Adult Education Service. laurencebrc@yahoo.com Thank you Laurence.  Zipped PowerPoint file. 49 screens. 250K Rw/M7.1 Rw/M7.2 Rw/M8.1 Rw/M8.2 Ww/M8.2 Rw/E1.2 Rw/E1.3 ESOL Rw/E1.2a Rw/E1.3a Please note that although entitled Lettersounds v2 this PPT covers an earlier stage of reading than Laurence's original Letter Sounds (still available here).

30/05 Text types

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Fire instructions? For re-ordering, comprehension and looking at the layout and features of instructive texts. Contributed by Angela Kennedy-Lockwood, Matthew Boulton College, akennedy-lockwood@matthew-boulton.ac.uk Thank you Angela. 2 pages. 27K. Rt/E2.1 Rt/E2.2 Rt/E3.3 Rt/E3.2 Rt/L1.2

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Types of text - What am I? Useful card game for consolidation and revision. Students must describe the features, layout and style of different texts. Contributed by Angela Kennedy-Lockwood, Matthew Boulton College, akennedy-lockwood@matthew-boulton.ac.uk Thank you Angela. 2 pages. 16K. Rt/E3.3 Rt/E3.2 Rt/L1.2 Rt/L2.2

29/05 On what day of the week were you born? Updated - minor edits to two slides.

29/05  ICT images for pre-CLAIT , Entry ICT etc.

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ICT images 20 very useful images depicting the main MS Office tool buttons (copy, paste, font, align left, etc.). Originally created and used in a class of ALDD students on preCLAIT (but useful for any introductory ICT class).  Print in colour on A4 paper and laminate for re-use. 20 large JPG files in a zip folder 470K. Filed under E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

22/05 Interactive activities for Entry 2 Money. Please note these resources run in a web browser and should be installed as follows:

Each resource is a zip folder. Unzip (right click on downloaded file and select 'extract all') the folder to a suitably named folder (e.g. Money 1 or Money 2).

Your new folder will contain questions, images, button and a folder called moneyres (or money2res). Create a shortcut to a  file in moneyres called index.htm

Click on the file (or short cut) 'index.htm' to run the resources. If using on a Network or VLE please contact the author for further information jpd.thompson@btopenworld.com

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Money 1 is a series of very visual exercises providing excellent practice in making up money to given amounts, giving change, etc. 32 self-marking questions. Contributed by John Thompson, Bournemouth Adult Learning. jpd.thompson@btopenworld.com Thank you John. Zipped web folder. 250K. MSS1/E2.1 MSS1/E2.2 Please read installation instructions above

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Money 2 provides further Entry 2 practice and includes: 'missing money', making up money, working out change, etc. 22 self-marking questions. Contributed by John Thompson, Bournemouth Adult Learning. jpd.thompson@btopenworld.com Thank you John. Zipped web folder. 100K. MSS1/E2.1 MSS1/E2.2 Please read installation instructions above

22/05 Dyslexia help. Homophones.

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There or their? Is a homophone gap fill worksheet with multi-sensory options! Contributed by Debbie Hulse, Cannock Chase Technical College. Thank you Debbie. 2 pages. 100K. Ww/L1.1

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Recognising p and b is a work / help sheet for dyslexic learners who have difficulty distinguishing between these two letters. Underline the letters, read the words and write sentences. Contributed by Debbie Hulse, Cannock Chase Technical College. Thank you Debbie. 2 pages. 40K. Filed under Study Skills and General Teaching Resources.

22/05 More contextualised resources for hairdressing

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The best hairdo for your face is an unpunctuated text. Students must add capital letters, commas, full stops and apostrophes so that it makes sense.   Contributed by Debbie Hulse, Cannock Chase Technical College, Thank you Debbie. 3 pages (with answer sheet). 70K. Rs/L1.2 Ws/L2.4 Ws/L1.3 Rs/L2.2 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section.

15/05 Supporters list and Comments page updated

14/05 Another word map

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Word root 'port' (to carry) word map for spelling and vocabulary work and teacher reference / inspiration!. 30K Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1. Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1  Note 21/06/07 new teaching ideas sheet for using Word Maps

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12/05 Suffixes

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updated (first uploaded 17/04/01) Which Suffix -cian -ssion, sion or tion? is an extensive 13 page resource that has had a major facelift. Covers parts of speech (nouns and verbs), spelling rules, writing sentences, vocabulary, adding and removing suffixes and much more. With extensive teaching notes, student aims sheet, and ideas for using as a multisensory resource. 90K. Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1. Ws/E3.1, Ws/L1.1 Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1. Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3.
Note this is the second in a series of suffix resources that are being updated. See '-er -or or ar' (below) and look out for - doubling consonants and silent e (coming soon).

11/05 Contextualised resources for hairdressing

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Hairstyles - do you stereotype? is a lovely sorting exercise that could also be used to stimulate discussion in non-hairdressing classes!  Contributed by Debbie Hulse, Cannock Chase Technical College, Thank you Debbie. 1 page. 40K. Rw/L1.2 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section.

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Vocabulary cards for hairdressers are very useful for all types of spelling, vocabulary or alphabetical ordering work. Contributed by Debbie Hulse, Cannock Chase Technical College, Thank you Debbie. 1 page. 15K.  Rw/L2.1 Ww/L2.1 Rw/E3.4 Rw/L1.2 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section.

9/05 Quick Teaching Ideas page updated with Origin of Surnames. This page is for those of you who have plenty of ideas but no time to contribute formatted printable resources. PLEASE read and share your ideas!

04/05 - 06/05 preEntry numeracy

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Counting to ten is a set of two worksheets for Milestone 8. To be used after lots of practical, hands-on activities. Contributed by Linzi Henry, Skillsheets, Sheffield. linzbfc@skillsheets1.freeserve.co.uk Thank you Linzi. 2 pages. 340K. N1/M8.5 N1/M8.3 N1/M8.6

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Add and subtract is a set of two worksheets for Milestone 7 and 8. To be used after lots of practical, hands-on activities. Contributed by Linzi Henry, Skillsheets, Sheffield. linzbfc@skillsheets1.freeserve.co.uk Thank you Linzi. 2 pages. 230K. N1/M7.6 N1/M8.7 N1/M8.10

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Count and colour is a set of two worksheets for Milestone 7. To be used after lots of practical, hands-on activities. Contributed by Linzi Henry, Skillsheets, Sheffield. linzbfc@skillsheets1.freeserve.co.uk Thank you Linzi. 2 pages. 170K. N1/M7.3 N1/M7.4

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Count and write is a set of two worksheets for Milestone 6. To be used after lots of practical, hands-on activities. Contributed by Linzi Henry, Skillsheets, Sheffield. linzbfc@skillsheets1.freeserve.co.uk Thank you Linzi. 2 pages. 100K. Pre-entry adult numeracy. N1/M6.3  N1/M6.4

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Long is a beautifully clear and straightforward resource for Milestone 8. To be used after lots of practical, hands-on activities. Contributed by Linzi Henry, Skillsheets, Sheffield. linzbfc@skillsheets1.freeserve.co.uk Thank you Linzi. 1 page. 100K. MSS1/M8.3

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Colour the patterns is a great introduction to data handling for Milestone 6. Contributed by Linzi Henry, Skillsheets, Sheffield. linzbfc@skillsheets1.freeserve.co.uk Thank you Linzi. 1 page. 60K. HD1/M6.2

04/05 Using catalogues

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You're in the money is a resource based on catalogues (Argos and Littlewoods) that works especially well with younger students. 2 versions, differentiated for Level 1 and Level 2. Covers addition and subtraction (money) and percentages. Contributed by John Thompson j.thompson@wigan-leigh.ac.uk Wigan and Leigh College. Thank you John. 4 pages. 40K. MSS1/L1.1 N2/L1.5 N2/L1.8 N2/L2.8

04/05 Prefixes

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Exploring prefixes is an interactive PPT that is ideal for spelling and vocabulary revision (for L1 and 2 tests). Use for whole group work or individual brush-up sessions. With type-in boxes for students to enter correct spellings / words, plus other suggested writing /dictionary tasks.  Covers 9 common prefixes. From Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Jenny. Zipped PowerPoint file. 11 screens. 220K Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1 Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1

04/05 ICT Skills for Life and CLAIT Teaching Resources page updated

04/05 More links added (2 new in Embedding ILT)

02/05 Recipe for Literacy and Numeracy work

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Pizza fingers is a handy recipe that can be used for numeracy (ratio work) or literacy (reading and ordering instructions). Contributed by Helen Connell, Joseph Priestley College, Leeds. Thank you Helen. 3 pages. 70K. N1/L1.7 Rt/E2.1 Rt/E3.3 Rs/E3.1

02/05 Sentence level revision PowerPoints

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Grammar - check your knowledge is an interactive PPT that is ideal for grammar revision (for L1 and 2 tests). Use for whole group work or individual brush-up sessions. Focuses on subject-verb agreement. Answer the questions and check your answers. From Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Jenny. Zipped PowerPoint file. 36 screens inc. answer sheets. 200K Ws/E3.2 Ws/L1.2 Ws/L2.2

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Where should I go? is wonderful revision tool for apostrophes (of omission and possession). With type-in boxes for students to enter correct sentences. From Jennifer Baines j.baines@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Jenny. Rs/L1.2 Ws/L2.4  Zipped PowerPoint file. 7 screens. 50K

01/05 Favourite downloads chart now with statistics for April 07

01/05 Initial consonant clusters - set 4. Entry 1-2 phonics activities

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Initial consonant cluster - squ read the story, highlight and practise writing the words, and then complete a crossword. Another set of excellent phonics activities from Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 7 pages. 310K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2Note: please exercise professional judgment and know your learner before using this resource (as some learners may consider it childish) which is intended to be delivered with humour and was originally used in a one to one situation.

01/05 Measure, Shape and Space

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Posting parcels provides a wonderful realistic and practical task - working out the cost of sending various sized parcels by Royal Mail. Covers weighing, measuring, reading information from tables, awareness of 3d shapes and space, etc. Contributed by Lynn Savage and Judith Ryan,  Bury Adult Education. savageflophouse@tesco.net Thank you Lynn and Judith. 4 pages. 60K. MSS1/E2.5, MSS1/E2.6 MSS1/E3.5 MSS1/E3.6. MSS1/L1.4. MSS2/E3.1.  


Resources added or updated April 2007

29/04 Error fixed on p4 of Activities for possessive and omissive apostrophes. A correct phrase was listed under 'incorrect' ('children's faces' now changed to 'childrens faces' to make it incorrect!)

29/04 The Apprentice

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updated (first uploaded July 2006) Hired or Fired is a lesson plan for E3- L2 based loosely on 'The Apprentice' TV show. Timed differentiated plan covering purpose of text, writing a persuasive advertisement and planning a newspaper article using a graphic organiser (using Maureen Prowse's graphic organiser - see here). Includes plan, task sheet and images. Now with blank spaces to allow you to fill in the name of your own local shopping centre etc rather than use Mocha Parade in Salford. Contributed by Jodie Travis, Accrington and Rossendale College travisjodie@hotmail.com Thank you Jodie. Wt/E3.1 Wt/L1.1 Wt/L2.1 Wt/L1.5 Rt/L1.2 Rt/E3.2. 130K. 5 pages.

29/04 Ratios

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Egg fried rice for two has differentiated questions (straightforward doubling and halving for L1, more complex questions for L2). Plus plus you get a free real life recipe that I have used for years! 3 pages. 25K. N1/L1.7  N1/L2.3

29/04 Entry 3 Numeracy practice

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Pictogram activity with clear example and tasks. Makes a great introduction to Entry 3 data handling. Contributed by Pete Johnson,  P.J.Johnson@derby.ac.uk University of Derby. Thank you Pete. 1 page. 25K. HD1/E3.2

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Entry 3 practice assignment - Pets excellent practice assignment covers many E3 elements (inc tally charts, bar charts, measuring, money, time, rounding. calculators, division, etc.) in the style of City & Guild assignments - great for homework, revision & practice. Contributed by Lynn Savage and Rachel Leyland Bury Adult Education. savageflophouse@tesco.net Thank you Lynn and Rachel. 9 pages inc. answer sheet. 115K. E3 whole numbersmeasures and data.

29/04  Numeracy - ICT - ESOL

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Telling the Time. Interactive worksheet with 3 pages of colourful information and key vocabulary followed by a 2 page time quiz (whole hours) with drop down menus. Contributed by Cathy Barton, catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College Thank you Cathy. 170K. ESOL Ww/E1.1a Rw/E1.1a Rs/E1.1a Rw/E1.3b; Numeracy MSS1/E2.4 and E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

29/04 Word and Sentence Level resources

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updated (first uploaded 17/04/01) Adding suffixes er or ar to make nouns is a huge 15 page resource that has had a major facelift. Covers parts of speech (nouns and verbs), imperatives, spelling rules, words with more than one meaning, spelling strategies and much more. With extensive teaching notes, student aims sheet, and ideas for contextualisation and using as a multisensory resource. Rs/E2.2, Rs/E2.3, Rs/E3.2; Ws/E3.1; Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2,Rw/E2.2  Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3, Ww/L1.1
Note this is the first in a series of suffix resources that are being updated. Look out for - 'shun' endings, doubling consonants and silent e (all coming soon)

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Word root 'spect' - word map for spelling and vocabulary work and teacher reference / inspiration!. 25K Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1. Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1
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Letter string 'eigh' - word map for spelling and vocabulary work and teacher reference / inspiration!. 20K Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1. Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1
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Homophone cards is a set of  44 fabulous cards that can be used for a host of games and activities (teaching suggestions are included). Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 5 pages. 220K. Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1

29/04 Purpose of text E3-L2

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Types of text - student handout that explains the layout and language features of instructive and persuasive texts.  Use with the related drag and drop worksheet (below).  Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 3 pages (last page is the teacher's answer sheet for the drag and drop exercise). 30K. Rt/E3.3 Rt/ E3.2 Rt/L1.2 Rt/L2.2

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Types of text drag and drop interactive worksheet. Drag the features of instructive and persuasive texts to the correct area. Use with the related handout (above) which also includes an answer sheet. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 40K. Rt/E3.3 Rt/ E3.2 Rt/L1.2 Rt/L2.2

22/04 updated (first uploaded 06/04/04) Level 2 Whole Number practice exam questions. Duplicated question removed. Thanks to Judith for reporting this and editing the file.

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Level 2 whole number practice exam questions for targeted revision. 13 questions with answer sheet (most are from past papers) covering 4 operations, problem solving, substitution. 4 pages. 60K.  N1/L2.1 N1/L2.2 N1/L2.4

22/04 updated (first uploaded 29/11/04) Sentence with grammatical error removed from Complex Sentences. Thanks to Sue and Ray for their help.

22/04 Error fixed in answer sheet (Q2) of Percentages and Fractions of Quantities. Thanks to Judith for reporting this error.

22/04 Error fixed on page 4 of Spelling Challenge resource. Thanks to Karen for reporting this error.

22/04 More links added or updated (one in each of: Embedding ILT, Printable Resource Sites, and Useful Links for Tutors.

14/04 More links added  - Embedding ILT (5 new links), Printable Resource Sites (4 new links), Useful Links for Tutors (2 new links).

13/04 Links pages all updated  - Embedding ILT (1 new links and several updates), Printable Resource Sites 8 new links, Useful Links for Tutors (6 new links). Sorry I do not have time to check all the links on these pages - if you find any dead links please let me know. Thank you.

10/04 Topical -Seasonal favourites links on home page updated. (Easter links removed, The Apprentice TV programme link added).

01/04 Favourite downloads chart now with statistics for March 07

Resources added or updated March 2007

31/03 Misc Entry Lit

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Opposites (antonyms) - 4 worksheets (2 for E2-E3, 2 for E3-L1) that also help with reading, decoding, spelling and vocabulary. Ideal for class or homework. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 4 pages. 40K. Rs/E2.2, Rs/E2.3, Rs/E3.2, Ws/E2.2, Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3.

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Entry Level punctuation cards for a variety of multisensory games, matching activities and challenges. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 4 pages. 130K. Ws/E1.2, Ws/E1.3, Ws/E2.3, Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4 Rs/E2.4, Rs/E3.3

30/03 Contextualised resources for health and nursing

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Severe bleeding drag and drop interactive worksheet provides great practice in reading and ordering instructions. Originally used in a Pathway to Nursing course. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 60K. Rt/E3.3 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section. Please also download teachers' notes (below).

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Chemical and thermal burns drag and drop interactive worksheet provides great practice in reading and ordering instructions. Originally used in a Pathway to Nursing course. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 60K. Rt/E3.3 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section. Please also download teachers' notes (below).

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Mouth to mouth resuscitation drag and drop interactive worksheet provides great practice in reading and ordering instructions. Originally used in a Pathway to Nursing course. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 60K. Rt/E3.3 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section. Please also download teachers' notes (below).

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Teachers' notes and answer sheets for 3 drag and drop health - nursing interactive worksheets. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 1 pages. 30K. Rt/E3.3 and also listed in our new contextualised resources section.

30/03 Catalogues

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Catalogues or 'How to have a party after a burglary!' provides literacy (insurance letters) and numeracy (adding and subtracting money) practice at level 1 and is ideal for teenage groups who love looking at catalogues. Contributed by John Thompson j.thompson@wigan-leigh.ac.uk Wigan and Leigh College. Thank you John. 1 page. 27K. MSS1/L1.1 Wt/L1.3  

30/03 Entry ICT-ESOL 

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How to make a calendar in Publisher is a 5 page step by step guide to help students create their own useful calendar where they can record important appointments etc. Clear screenshots with arrows make this resource accessible from Entry 1 upwards. First used with Entry ESOL - ICT learners but also suitable for Entry literacy and numeracy. Contributed by Cathy Barton, Glasgow Metropolitan College catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk. Thank you Cathy. 5 pages. 360K. E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

30/03 Initial consonant clusters - set 3. Entry 1-2 phonics activities

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Initial consonant clusters - 3 (dr, pr, gr, tr) 48 word and matching 'picture clue' cards - with detailed teaching ideas'. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 7 pages. 520K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2

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Consonant clusters Crossword (dr, tr, pr, gr) 3makes a great follow up activity to the word and picture cards activity (above). Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 2 pages. 40K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2

27/03 Estimating and measuring weight and capacity

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Estimating and measuring weights two work sheets (one also includes Imperial measures) for a great hands-on 'measures' session. Ideal for mixed ability groups. Kate Hart katy.hart@colchester.ac.uk Colchester Institute (who suggests that you ensure all measurements are securely covered or blacked out to avoid peaking!). Thank you Kate. 2 pages. 60K. MSS1/E2.6 MSS1/E3.6 MSS1/L1.4

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Estimating and measuring capacities two work sheets (one also includes Imperial measures) for a great hands-on 'measures' session. Ideal for mixed ability groups. Kate Hart katy.hart@colchester.ac.uk Colchester Institute (who suggests that you ensure all measurements are securely covered or blacked out to avoid peaking!). Thank you Kate. 2 pages. 60K. MSS1/E2.7 MSS1/E3.7 MSS1/L1.4

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Matching capacities quick matching activity (makes a good starter and would also work well displayed on large screen). Kate Hart katy.hart@colchester.ac.uk  Colchester Institute. Thank you Kate. 1 page. 50K. MSS1/E2.7 MSS1/E3.7

26/03 Entry 1 ICT-ESOL 

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Days of the week is a 6 page worksheet that combines colourful pages of information (days of week and their order, abbreviations, numbers on calendars) with interactive practice pages (drag and drop and a very clever page where the text changes colour if correct spelling is typed). First used with Entry 1 ESOL - ICT learners but also suitable for E1 literacy and numeracy. Contributed by Cathy Barton, Glasgow Metropolitan College catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk. Thank you Cathy. 6 pages. 160K. ESOL Ww/E1.1a Rw/E1.1a Rs/E1.1a Rw/E1.3b; Literacy Ww/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 Rs/E1.1; Numeracy MSS1/E1.2 E2.3 and E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

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Questions about days and months. Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct spelling, no. of days in a month, etc. (Use as a follow on exercise after the  Days of the week worksheet (above). Contributed by Cathy Barton, catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College Thank you Cathy. 1 page. 110K. ESOL Ww/E1.1a Rw/E1.1a Rs/E1.1a Rw/E1.3b; Literacy Ww/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 Rs/E1.1; Numeracy MSS1/E1.2 E2.3 and E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

25/03 Additional teaching ideas added to notes area of Slide 1 in Prepositions PPT.

25/03 Corrected spelling mistake in My Day - cut and paste ICT task sheet

25/03 Easter numeracy 

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Easter biscuits whole group quick starter activity on resizing a recipe. Two versions available: one is simplified for ESOL learners or those with lower literacy levels. Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 2 pages. 30K. N1/L1.7 N1/L2.3

25/03 Easter literacy

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Easter skimming & scanning - 12 questions on a "History of Easter" text - also covers general comprehension, purpose of text, etc. Contributed by Stella Jales, Wiltshire College jalesa@wiltscoll.ac.uk Thank you Stella. 1 page. 40K. Rt/L2.1 Rt/L2.7 Note: you will also need the text from Easter Eggs comprehension by Moira Garland.

25/03 Entry 1 ESOL 

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Getting to know each other. 2 beautiful worksheets. The first is for collecting and recording information about yourself and a friend. The second if for making questions (by rearranging the given words) to ask a friend. Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 1 - Getting started) but can be used alone. Contributed by Jadwiga Danek Thank you Jadwiga. 2 pages. 100K. Sc/E1.1b speak clearly, Sc/E1.3a ask for personal details, Sc/E1.4a make simple statements of fact, Sc/E1.4b give personal information.

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What time does Maria get up? Very good straightforward text about Maria's day with 4 pages of resources, teaching ideas and answer sheet. Covers asking and answering questions, writing simple sentences and much more . Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 4 - Local Transport) but can be used alone. Contributed by Claire Hammond, Reigate College  Thank you Claire. 7 pages. 70K. Sc/E1.4a make simple statements of fact; Lr/E1.2d listen for phonological detail; Rw/E1.3b recognise digits, Ws/E1.1a construct a simple sentence, using basic word order and verb form.

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My health flashcards for spelling, vocabulary and speaking practice. Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 5 - Health) but can be used alone. Contributed by Jadwiga Danek Thank you Jadwiga. 3 pages with lots of teaching ideas. 235K. Rw/E1.1a Rw/E1.2a  Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1b  Sc/E1.1b Sc/E1.4a

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Feelings and emotions 'smiley' flashcards for spelling, vocabulary and speaking practice. Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 10 - going to work, pages 8-9 feelings) but can be used alone. Contributed by Jadwiga Danek Thank you Jadwiga. 2 pages with teaching ideas. 240K. Rw/E1.1a Rw/E1.2a  Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1b Sd/E1.1c, Lr/E1.5a.

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What's my neighbourhood like? Beautiful prompt sheet for question and answer work - originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 6 - The Neighbourhood) but can be used alone. Contributed by Jadwiga Danek Thank you Jadwiga. 1 page. 160K. Sc/E1.1b speak clearly, Sc/E1.4d give a description, Sc/E1.3b ask for information. Lr/E1.2b listen for detail, Lr/E1.2c listen for grammatical detail.

18/03 Minor edits (eggs were missing from the recipe) to Pancake Day literacy and numeracy activities (Feb 07)

18/03 Quick Teaching Ideas page updated. New Olympic 2012 budget place value idea. This page is for those of you who have plenty of ideas but no time to contribute formatted printable resources. PLEASE read and share your ideas!

18/03 Entry 3 ICT and writing tasks

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Pancake ICT writing task gives step by step instructions for writing your own Pancake Facts text (you will also need a copy of Margaret Lagoyiani's Pancake resource) and typing up a pancake recipe. For Entry 3 ICT/Lit students and also suitable portfolio evidence for NOCN E3 Writing and reading for meaning. Contributed by June Mill, Skills for Life tutor, East Riding of Yorkshire. mill.sancton@tiscali.co.uk Thank you June. 2 pages. 45K. E3 Skills for Life ICT Wt/E3.1 Wt/E3.2

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updated 25/03/07 My day - cut and paste chronological text activity provides step by step cutting and pasting instructions for ICT/Lit students plus useful practice in ordering chronological text. Contributed by Gill Clark. Monmouthshire Adult + Community Education gillyclarko@tiscali.co.uk Thank you Gill. 1 page. 20K. E3 Skills for Life ICT Wt/E3.3

18/03 Maths activities for E3-L2

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Car percentage activities use a copy of Auto Trader (or similar) to select and buy cars - working out deposits and monthly payments. Then buy cars to do up and sell at a profit! Contributed by Saul Pope, Education and Youth Services, High Wycombe. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 2 pages. 40K. N2/L1.8 N2/L1.9 N2/L1.10 N2/L2.7  N2/L2.8

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Jobs and salaries - a budgeting activity that is ideal for teenagers and will prompt plenty of discussion on the realities of managing money. Comes with salary cards, rent cards, supplementary cards, balance sheets and extra extension sheets on percentages. With full teaching notes and ideas for further customisation. Contributed by Jean Thomas (The Henley College) jean@jeanthomas.co.uk Thank you Jean. 8 pages. 40K MSS1/L1.1, N2/L1.5, N2/L1.7, N2/L1.9, N2/L2.2, N2/L2.8, N2/L2.9

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Cricket 2007 topical  E3 statistics investigation that involves extracting information from tables; tallies and general number practice based on past World Cup statistics and a recent England and Australia match (Feb 07). Contributed by Saul Pope, Education and Youth Services, High Wycombe. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 6 pages. 70K.  HD1/E3.1 HD1/E3.3 N1/E3.1 N1/E3.9

13/03 Level 1 and 2 numeracy

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M&Ms Fractions introduces fractions, explains numerators and denominators and then uses an edible task to teach evaluating one number as a fraction of another and adding fractions. Great for paired work (or small groups). 4 pages. 160K. Contributed by Jan Robinson, Chelmer Training janrobinson@chelmer-training.co.uk Thank you Jan. N2/L2.3 N2/L2.4

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What's the weather like? and Party Time! are two 'real-life' task sheets that involve budgeting, Excel charts and tables, rounding and checking, and finding mean and range. Ideal for class or homework (originally used for Level 1 Key Skills Application of Number portfolio work N1.1, N1.2, N1.3.). 2 pages. 90K. Contributed by Jan Robinson, Chelmer Training janrobinson@chelmer-training.co.uk Thank you Jan HD1/L1.1 HD1/L1.2  HD1/L1.3 HD1/L1.4 Skills for Life ICT.

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Equal opportunities maths makes a great quiz for college Equal Ops weeks etc. Once you have checked the answers to the quiz you can complete percentage questions to put the statistics into perspective. 3 pages. 75K. Contributed by Jan Robinson, Chelmer Training janrobinson@chelmer-training.co.uk Thank you Jan. N2/L1.8 N2/L1.9 N2/L1.10

13/03 Vowels and syllables

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Vowels - recognising and using long and short vowels. Great for reading and spelling. The 'fill in the vowels' exercise also helps with basic grammar and sense. Contributed by Karen. Thank you Karen. 2 pages. 15K. Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2

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Open and closed syllables and how they can help you with spelling. Contributed by Karen. Thank you Karen. 2 pages. 15K. Ww/E3.2

11/03 Prepositions for Entry Level ESOL and Literacy

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updated 24/03/07 Preposition flashcards 49 slides to use as needed for spelling and vocabulary practice with ESOL and Literacy students. Could also be printed out (for example, 6 to a page) and used as traditional card flashcards. Please see notes area on slide 1 for updated teaching ideas inc 'charades' (E1-3) and sentence level ideas for Level 1and 2 which make this resource suitable for mixed ability classes (E1-L2).  Contributed by Bena, bena@sellyoak.bham.sch.uk  Thank you Bena. Zipped PowerPoint (PPT) file. 49 slides. 600K. Ww/E3.1 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E1.1 Entry 1 ESOL Entry 2 ESOL

11/03 Calculating with time

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Favourite TV programmes & journey times provides realistic everyday practice in adding and subtracting time and converting between hours and minutes. Contributed by John Thompson j.thompson@wigan-leigh.ac.uk Wigan and Leigh College. Thank you John. 2 pages. 60K. MSS1/L1.3

11/03 ICT help for Entry Level

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Following instructions - BBC Skillwise provides step by step help to ICT/Lit/Num students plus useful practice in reading instructions. Contributed by Paula Pye, Chelmer Training paulapye@chelmer-training.co.uk Thank you Paula. 1 page. 22K. E2-3 Skills for Life ICT Rt/E2.1 Rt/E3.1 General study skills Note: free Word version available, allowing tutors to customise for their own students.

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Mouse exercises is a very useful sheet (best used on-screen) providing online links to a range of mouse exercises where learners can learn about right and left clicking, double clicking, drag and drop, etc. Activities range form straightforward tutorials to  'Dress the Eggplant', Join the Dots and a bubble game. Many also provide very useful practice on reading instructions. Contributed by Barbara Corcoran, bcorcoran@eastleigh.ac.uk  Eastleigh College. Thank you Barbara. 1 page. 25K. E1-2 Skills for Life ICT Rt/E2.1 Rt/E3.1

11/03 Form filling

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Use and understand forms. Match the words used on forms to their meanings (laminate to make a great re-usable game) and then practise your skills on the example forms. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com Lakelands School, Sports & Language College, Ellesmere. Thank you Margaret. 5 pages. 50K Rw/E2.1 Rw/E3.2

09/03 Decimals and fractions

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Money, decimals and fractions - is a short but very clever worksheet that relates these three topics and really helps learners see the connection between decimals and fractions. Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 2 pages. 60K. N2/E3.1, N2/E3.3, N2/L1.2, N2/L1.3, N2/L2.2

09/03 Initial consonant clusters - great selection of Entry 1-2 phonics activities

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Initial consonant clusters - 1 (sc, sm, sp, st) 'phonic strip' listening activity followed by a crossword. Further related activities available below. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 4 pages. 150K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2

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Initial consonant clusters - 2 (sc, sm, sp, st, sl, sn) 36 word and matching 'picture clue' cards - with detailed teaching ideas. Further related activities available below. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 5 pages. 300K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2

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Initial consonant clusters - sc, sm, sp, st Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct word /spelling. 15 cloze sentences. to accompany related activities available above. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 1 page. 60K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2and E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

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Initial consonant clusters - sc, sm, sp, st spelling quiz to be used on screen (could also be printed out). Plus useful practice in using a mouse, typing in spellings, etc. for Skills for Life ICT students. 13 pages, 12 spellings. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret.300K Ww/E1.3 Rw/E1.2 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2 and E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

02/03 Useful links for tutors (2 new links) and Embedding ILT (information and learning technology) in Lit, Num and ESOL teaching (2 new links) updated

02/03 Favourite downloads chart now with statistics for February 07


Resources added or updated February 2007

26/02  Minor edits to colour files to simplify use for ESOL students ('Pick-me' line removed from drop down menu in What colour is it?, arrow added in Drag and Drop sheet)

26/02: Pre Entry Literacy and Rugby

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Object Grids for pre-Entry activities - for improving visual figure-ground skills, expressive language development, matching and counting symbols. Contributed by Janet Kinsey (Abingdon and Witney College) janet.kinsey@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Thank you Janet. 3 pages. 60K. SLlr/M6.1 SLc/M6.1 Rtc/M6.2 SLlr/M7.2 SLc/M7.5 Rtc/M7.1 SLlr/M8.2 SLc/M8.1

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 updated (first uploaded 14/10/02) Recognising and writing the letters of the alphabet - sort letters from symbols, handwriting practice, write upper/lower case letters. 6 pages. 170K. Rw/E1.3 Ww/E1.2 Rw/M8.1 Rw/M8.3 Ww/M8.1 Rtc/M7.1 Rw/M7.1 Ww/M7.1

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Rugby World Cup 2007 Syllables Learn how to count syllables and use this to help spell a great selection of World Cup vocabulary. 35K. 2 pages. Contributed by Janet Kinsey, Abingdon and Witney College, janet.kinsey@abingdon-witney.ac.uk Thank you Janet. Ww/E3.2 (Note: Janet's Football World Cup 2006 syllables is still available)

23/02 Colours interactive worksheets for Entry ICT Skills for Life & ESOL

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updated 26/02/07 Drag and drop colour work sheets provide great reading, vocabulary and spelling practice for Entry ESOL & Literacy students. Plus practice in using a mouse, drag and drop, typing in spellings, etc. for Skills for Life ICT students.  Contributed by Cathy Barton, Glasgow Metropolitan College catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk. Thank you Cathy. 4 pages . 160K. ESOL Ww/E1.1a Rw/E1.1a Ww/E2.1a Rw/E2.2a, Literacy Ww/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 Rw/E2.1 and E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

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updated 26/02/07 What colour is it? Interactive worksheet with drop down menus to select the correct spelling. Great reading and spelling practice for Entry ESOL & Literacy students. Plus practice in using a mouse and drop down menus for Skills for Life ICT students.  Contributed by Cathy Barton, catherine.barton@glasgowmet.ac.uk Glasgow Metropolitan College Thank you Cathy. 2 pages. 160K. ESOL Ww/E1.1a Rw/E1.1a Ww/E2.1a Rw/E2.2a, Literacy Ww/E1.1 Rw/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 Rw/E2.1 and E1-2 Skills for Life ICT.

23/02 Twist and check

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Twist and check is a fabulous self-checking times table card game. Four sets of cards for x6, x7, x8, x9. Contributed by Barbara Corcoran, bcorcoran@eastleigh.ac.uk  Eastleigh College. Thank you Barbara. 11 pages. 500K. N1/E2.5 N1/E3.5 N1/L1.5

20/02 th digraph - word and text level work

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 Yesterday's World text (about an attraction in Sussex) and related phonics activities (based on the two sounds of the digraph /th/). Includes word sorting, cloze, crossword.  Originally written for a mixed level Literacy and ESOL group. Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. 6 pages. 80K Rt/E3.1, Ww/E3.1 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E2.2 Rw/E3.5 ESOL Sc/E2.1b Lr/E2.2d Ww/E2.1b Rw/E2.3a

20/02 Level 1 and 2 Smarties

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Smarties L1-2 investigation - our ever-popular resource, now rewritten for Level 1-2 students. Now with questions on mean, mode, median and pie charts. Adapted by Judith White, Somerset Skills & Learning. Thank you Judith. 3 pages. 40K. HD1/L1.1 HD1/L1.2  HD1/L1.3 HD1/L1.4 HD1/L2.1 HD1/L2.2 HD1/L2.3 HD1/L2.4
Note: the original resource (for E1-L1), written by Di Mellor (2004), is still available here along with accompanying E2-E3 grids for Smartie bar charts & pictograms (2006)

19/02  Error fix. Pancake Day (below) - error (missing words) fixed on page 2 paragraph 2.

18/02  It's our 6th birthday today! Thanks to everyone who has helped make the site a success since 2001

18/02 Text level, general literacy and PANCAKE DAY

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updated 19/02/07 Pancake day literacy and numeracy activities. Two pancake texts to read, questions to answer, recipes to re-size (simple ratios) and instructions to match and order. Wonderful topical work for Entry 2 to Level 1. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. Thank you Margaret. 6 pages. 70K Rs/E2.2 Rt/E2.1 Ws/E2.1 Ws/E3.1 Rt/E3.1 Rt/L1.1  N1/L1.7

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Writing a recount task sheet with definitions, notes on purpose, and planning steps. Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College for young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk Thank you Anne 1 page. 20K. Wt/E3.1 Wt/L1.1 Wt/L2.1 Wt/E3.2 Wt/L1.3 Wt/E3.3 Wt/L2.3

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Literacy exam tips. Written with dyslexic learners in mind but useful for all learners working up to the L1 and 2 adult literacy exams. A special focus on grammar questions.   Contributed by Helen Worsley, West Nottingham College Helen.Worsley@westnotts.ac.uk Thank you Helen. 3 pages. 30K. Level 1 Lit. Level 2 Lit

18/02 Data handling help sheets

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Hey diddle diddle is a short poem (with separate Level 1 and Level 2 help sheets /posters) to remind students about mean, median, mode and range. Contributed by John Thompson j.thompson@wigan-leigh.ac.uk Wigan and Leigh College who suggests using it before our ever-popular Smarties activity. Thank you John. 3 pages. 60K. HD1/L1.3 HD1/L1.4 HD1/L2.3 HD1/L2.4

18/02 Numeracy resources that also include aspects of literacy (discussion, reading strategies, etc.)

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Burger King Investigation Fabulous statistics investigation that involves extracting information from tables; reading, comparing and calculating with measures; and much discussion about healthy (unhealthy?) eating!  Contributed by Saul Pope, Education and Youth Services, High Wycombe. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 6 pages. 50K. N1/L1.3. HD1/E3.1, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1. MSS1/E3.6, MSS1/L1.4, MSS1/L1.6, MSS1/L2.3, MSS1/L2.5.

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It could be you! Great Entry level lottery activity that involves deciding how you are going to spend the money. Structured, with fill-in boxes for expenditure etc.  Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College for young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome. anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk Thank you Anne 3 pages. 120K. Covers many Entry Level elements inc: recording information, using a calculator to add & subtract money. Wt/E1.1 Wt/E2.1 N2/E3.4 MSS1/E3.1 also listed under generic resources

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Planning a Journey. Research and plan a journey for Wales to Italy. Structured, with fill-in boxes for destinations, mode of transport, cost, etc.  Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College for young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome. anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk Thank you Anne 1 page. 45K. Covers many areas of the E3 – L1 literacy & numeracy curricula. Inc: money, timetables, calendars, extracting information, reading strategies. Filed under general measure resources and general data handling resources.

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What's in your wallet?  Written for learners on the autistic spectrum (who often find it particularly difficult to infer meaning that is not explicitly stated) but suitable for many literacy and/or numeracy students. General financial numeracy theme on budgeting, expenditure, saving etc - accompanied by two way discussion, making sense of monetary idioms and clichés (e.g. 'making both ends meet'), and writing complete sentences. Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College for young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome. anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk Thank you Anne 1 page. 90K. SLd/E3.1 SLd/E3.2 SLd/L1.1 Rw/L2.3 Rw/L1.1 Ws/E3.1 Also listed under general Number resources and general Measure (money) resources.

18/02 Word and sentence level

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Phrase Match match the common phrases to their explicit meanings. Then select some phrases of your own and check their meanings on the internet or in a specialist dictionary. Written for learners on the autistic spectrum (who often find it particularly difficult to infer meaning that is not explicitly stated) but suitable for all ESOL and literacy learners. Contributed by Anne Hodgson, Beechwood College for young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome. anne.hodgson@beechwoodcollege.co.uk Thank you Anne 2 pages. 30K. Rw/L2.3 (ESOL Rw/L2.3a)

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Compound word pairs is a page from our 'Compound Word Activities' (13 pages - still available here) resource that has been improved with clearer graphics clues by site user, Karen. Thank you Karen. 1 page. 40K. Rw/E3.5 Ww/E3.1

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updated 29/04/07 Activities for possessive and omissive apostrophes. Two different multi-sensory activities - both make ideal starters. 1) pin-up sentence sorting 2) apostrophe dominoes. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 11 pages. 60K. Rs/L1.2 Ws/L2.4

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Indefinite article exercise is ideal for ESOL beginners and also makes a good introduction to recognising vowels and consonants. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey, Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 50K. ESOL Ww/E1.1b Lit Ww/E1.3

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30/01 Belated Christmas numeracy

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Merry ChrisMaths. Ten Christmas problems make a lovely end of term activity. Aimed largely at Entry 3 and Level 1 number but also includes some questions on measures, time and money. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. Thank you Margaret. 1 page. 110K E3/N1 L1/N1 E3/MSS1 L1/MSS1

30/01 Belated Christmas resources

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Words from Happy Christmas. Timeless spelling and vocabulary game with answer grid and sample answers. Contributed by Lorraine Halley lorrhalley@aol.com Thank you Lorraine. 2 pages. 60K.  Ww/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E3.1 Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1

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Letter to Santa. Help your child choose presents and write a letter to Santa (great for family learning groups). Includes a cloze/writing frame. Contributed by Margaret Lagoyianni, margaretlago2@btopenworld.com County Training, Shropshire. Thank you Margaret. 4 pages. 70K Rs/E2.2 Rs/E2.3 Rs/E3.2 Wt/E2.1 Wt/E3.1 Wt/E3.4

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12 days of Christmas game is not what it seems - a great game that can be played any time of year to help students construct, punctuate and spell simple sentences. Kindly contributed by Jayne Elliott jayne@tapiochre.co.uk Thank you Jayne. 1 page 26K. Ws/E1.1 Ws/E1.2 Ws/E1.3 Ws/E2.4 Ww/E1.1 Ww/E2.1

19/01 Vocabulary and spelling

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updated 17/10/07 Spelling mnemonics is a huge list collected by Stella Jales (Wiltshire College) and her students. Includes spellings for all levels (from 'said' to 'accommodation'). Contributed jalesa@wiltscoll.ac.uk Thank you Stella. 3 pages. 50K.  Ww/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E3.1 Ww/L1.1 Ww/L2.1

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'Work' vocabulary cards 27 pictures of different jobs and matching word cards - plus lots of teaching ideas for Entry 1and 2 literacy and ESOL classes.  Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 6 pages. 200K. ESOL links: Sc/E1.1b Sc/E2.1b Rw/E1.1a Rw/E1.2a Rw/E2.2a Rw/E2.3a Ww/E1.1a Ww/E1.1b Ww/E2.1b Ww/E2.1a  Lit links: Ww/E1.1 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E2.2 Rw/E1.1 Rw/E1.2 Rw/E2.1 Rw/E2.2

15/01 Adjectives and conjunctions

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Conjunctions exercise also makes a good starting point for discussion on how different conjunctions alter the meaning of a sentence. Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 25K. Ws/E2.1 Ws/E3.1 Ws/L1.1 Rs/E2.2 Rs/E3.2 Rs/L1.1

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Describing people provides individual and paired work using adjectives in written and spoken descriptions (appearance and personality). Contributed by Laura Jeffrey Matthew Boulton College, ljeffrey@mbc.ac.uk Thank you Laura. 2 pages. 15K. Ws/E2.2 SLc/E2.3 SLc/E3.3

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Adjectives cloze v2 exercise to be used in conjunction with the accompanying PowerPoint (below). Contributed by Moira Garland m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Moira. 2 pages. 150K. Ws/E2.2 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E3.1 Please note this resource is adapted from an original worksheet by Emma Scotland.

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Adjective cloze PowerPoint makes a great group starter and can be followed by the accompanying printable worksheet (see above). Contributed by Moira Garland m.garland@parklanecoll.ac.uk Park Lane College, Leeds. Thank you Moira. 1 screen. Zipped PPT file. 85K. Ws/E2.2 Ww/E2.1 Ww/E3.1 Please note this resource is adapted from an original worksheet by Emma Scotland.

13/01 Purpose of text resources for mixed ability classes

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Purpose and audience task sheets provide a good ice breaker for mixed ability and family literacy groups and make for easy differentiation as learners choose their own texts to work with. Contributed by Emma Shaw. Medway Adult Education. emma.shaw@blueyonder.co.uk Thank you Emma. 2 pages. 30K. Rt/E2.2 Rt/ E3.2 Rt/L1.2 Rt/L2.2

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Fact and opinion is a multi-sensory set of resources and a great follow up to our ever-popular Chomwell Green resources. Discuss and decide which statements are facts and which are opinions, then complete the worksheet sheet in pairs. Ideal for mixed ability groups. From Emma Shaw. Medway Adult Education. emma.shaw@blueyonder.co.uk Thank you Emma. 4 pages. 80K. Rt/E2.2 Rt/ E3.2 Rt/L1.2 Rt/L2.2

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05/01 Entry Numeracy

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TV Programme Guide provides practice working with time at E3/L1. Use to TV guide to complete the clocks (start and finish times) and calculate the length of each programme. Contributed by Stephanie McGill, Bury College stephanie.mcgill@burycollege.ac.uk Thank you Steph. 5 pages. 30K . MSS1/E3.3. MSS1/L1.3

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Mosses Centre Cafe provides practice working with money at E1/E2 - all based on a beautifully clear cafe menu. Contributed by Stephanie McGill, Bury College stephanie.mcgill@burycollege.ac.uk Thank you Steph. 3 pages. 40K. MSS1/E1.1 MSS1/E2.2

07/01 Literacy (especially good for teenagers)

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George Michael - a controversial interview is an ideal non-threatening way to introduce the topic of drugs, alongside reading and discussion practice. Contributed by Saul Pope, Education and Youth Services, High Wycombe. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 6 pages. 60K. Rt/E3.1 Rt/L1.1 Rt/L2.1

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06/01 Literacy - Level 2

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Stray dogs is a super idea for writing informal and formal letters (a writing frame is provided for the formal letter). Contributed by Gill Clark Thank you Gill. 2 pages. 25K. Wt/L2.1 Wt/L2.2 Wt/L2.3 Wt/L2.4 Wt/L2.5 Wt/L2.6 Wt/L2.7

06/01 Literacy - all levels

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Recognising B and D a great help sheet for dyslexic learners who have difficulty remembering the difference between b and d.  Tip: for some learners it may be best to teach just one strategy. For example, if they are left-handed show them the left-handed 'thumbs up' only.  Contributed by Carol Gardner Thank you Carol. 1 page. 25K. Filed under Study Skills and General Teaching Resources.

05/01 Numeracy all levels

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THOAN (think of a number) makes a great starter and can be adapted for all levels. Contributed by Fiona Campbell, Wiltshire College campfj@wiltscoll.ac.uk Thank you Fiona. 2 pages. 20K. N1/E1.7 N1/E2.7 N1/E2.8 N1/E3.9 N1/L1.3 N1/L2.2

05/01  Entry 1-2 Literacy

PDF Spelling Challenge sheets make great starter activities - especially when used in pairs or small groups. One for qu- words, one for -all words and a blank 'wall' to add your own spelling challenge. Contributed by D Griffiths  Thank you. 70K. 4 pages. Ww/E1.3 Ww/E2.2    

05/01 pre-Entry Numeracy

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updated April 8 2009 (new email address, blog, etc added) Milestone 8 Number is a fabulous set of resources adapted from Entry 1 Skills for Life materials at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/readwriteplus/LearningMaterialsNumeracy  Covers most N1 Milestone 8 curriculum elements. Contributed by Judy Valentine, Chichester College judy.valentine@chichester.ac.uk who created it so that E1 and M8 students in her mixed ability class had similar materials to work from. Thank you Judy. Judy stresses that this resource should not be used in isolation but alongside lots and lots of practical activities.  44 pages. 900K .N1/M8.1-M8.10.

Note: If you teach pre-Entry/Entry 1 literacy and numeracy Judy's blog is a must http://studentswithlearningdifficulties.blogspot.com/. It is chock a block with great links and teaching ideas and is updated several times a week.

05/01 CLAIT 2006 - ICT Skills for Life - Literacy

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Working with bullet points neatly combines literacy (punctuation) and ICT. Step by step task sheet asks the learner to set up a document (involves margins, headers, footers, formatting, etc) and then add bullets, shading and paragraph borders. From Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. L1/CLAIT (unit 1) Rs/E3.3 Rs/L1.2 Rs/L2.2. 2 pages. 40K.

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Moving text neatly combines literacy (alphabetical ordering) and ICT. Step by step task sheet asks the learner to set up a document (involves margins, headers, footers, formatting, etc) and then move text using two different techniques. From Margaret Adams, Kenward Trust / Uckfield Community College uckfield@kenwardtrust.org.uk Thank you Margaret. L1/CLAIT (unit 1) Rw/E3.4. 2 pages. 40K.

05/01  Entry 3, Levels 1 -2 ESOL and Literacy

PDF The Renaissance is a handy web research and reading worksheet for art students (Literacy or Key Skills). Contributed by Lisa Roberts lisa.roberts@cornwall.ac.uk Cornwall College  Thank you Lisa. 20K. 1 page.  Rt/L1.1 L1.4  L1.5Rt/L2.1 L2.6 L2.7.  Contextualised resources.         
PDF Card game - listening to and following instructions is a great paired game for improving listening , speaking and reading skills.  Contributed by Jo Williams, jlwilliams@talk21.com Thank you Jo. 60K. 4 pages. Rs/E3.1, SLlr/E3.2, SLlr/E3.4, SLlr/L1.2, SLlr/L1.3, SLlr/L1.4, SLlr/L2.2.
PDF Sweets game - listening to and following instructions is a great paired game for improving listening , speaking and reading skills - plus you get to eat the sweets at the end!  Contributed by Jo Williams, jlwilliams@talk21.com Thank you Jo. 100K. 4 pages. Rs/E3.1, SLlr/E3.2, SLlr/E3.4, SLlr/L1.2, SLlr/L1.3, SLlr/L1.4, SLlr/L2.2.

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Give me some advice is a great way to encourage students to provide non threatening advice, whilst improving their writing and listening-speaking skills. For Entry 3. L1/2 ESOL and Literacy. Contributed by Saul Pope, Education and Youth Services, High Wycombe. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 2 pages. 30K. Rs/E3.2 SLlr/E3.5 SLlr/L2.4 SLc/E3.1 SLc/L1.1 SLc/L2.1 SLc/L1.4 SLc/L2.4. E3 general writing L1 general writing L2 general writing (If you like this resource try Saul's Moral Dilemmas)

05/01 Entry 3, Levels 1-2 Numeracy

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Live the lotto dream version 2 (for hairdressing / beauty therapy AoN students) is a great project that covers many L1/2 numeracy elements. You win the lottery, buy a salon and have to furnish it from catalogues and/or Internet sites. Learn about budgeting, displaying data, working with areas and floor plans, bank statements, rounding, estimating, and much more. Everything must be written up as a comprehensive report with a clear conclusion (a great guidance page on report writing is included in the resource). Contributed by Jenny Jupe, Eastleigh College jjupe@eastleigh.ac.uk who adapted it from an original resource Dave Walkden, dave.walkden@duchy.ac.uk  Duchy College, Cornwall. Thank you Jenny and Dave. 6 pages. 300K. Covers many elements and will be filed in these site sections: general teaching resources; contextualised resources, general number, data and measure resources. Please note: Dave's original resource (buying and fitting out a new flat) for E3 / L1 numeracy is still available.

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Premier League numeracy. Makes a great beginning of term activity for mixed ability (E3-L2) groups - especially if the group includes some footie fans! With lots of questions about last year's final Premier League table. Covers a range of number elements inc. fractions, tables, percentages and formulae. A small research question is also included that requires learner to find latest league table.  Contributed by Saul Pope, Education and Youth Services, High Wycombe. saulpope@yahoo.co.uk Thank you Saul. 3 pages. 30K. N1/E3.1, N1/L1.3, N1/L1.5, N1/L2.4, N2/E3.1, N2/L1.1, N2/L1.9, N2/L1.11, Rt/L1.5.

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Planning a Journey. Use the web sites to find travel / car hire information and accommodation and then work out the cost of your weekend away. A great way to practise written methods and problem solving. Contributed by John Thompson j.thompson@wigan-leigh.ac.uk Wigan and Leigh College Thank you John. 1 page. 16K.  N1/L1.3, MSS1/L1.1

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Using Health Statistics card game. A great way to introduce students to official statistics and get them to extract, interpret, and organise data. Contributed by John Michaux, Swindon College johnmichaux@swindon-college.ac.uk Thank you John. 8 pages. 40K. HD1/L1.1 L1.2 L1.3 L1.4; HD1/L2.1 L2.2 L2.3 L2.4.

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Fractions of amounts very clear help sheet that explains how to find fractions of amounts (followed by some questions). Contributed by Jean Thomas (The Henley College) jean@jeanthomas.co.uk Thank you Jean. 1 page. 20K N2/L1.2

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Percentages of quantities good worksheet with useful help on quick ways of calculating common percentages. Contributed by Jean Thomas (The Henley College) jean@jeanthomas.co.uk Thank you Jean. 1 page. 20K N2/L1.9

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Percentages and fractions of quantities good worksheet with useful help on turning a percentage into a fraction to help solve problems. Contributed by Jean Thomas (The Henley College) jean@jeanthomas.co.uk Thank you Jean. 1 page. 30K N2/L1.2 N2/L1.3 N2/L1.9 N2/L2.2 N2/L2.8


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