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Teaching Materials

Learning English at ELSH HUB

When it comes to learning English, it can be difficult to know where to start. ELSH volunteers’teachers have set an online link to help our student to have a basic understanding of the language.

ESOL Resources

Lots of videos and radio clips which our students are using to improve listening skills and to promote discussion. There is also a great section on Life in the UK which uses a variety of media to engage different students.

Excellence Gateway

ELSH student’s learning resources that accompany the Skills for Life ESOL curriculum. It is broken down unit by unit, so it is very user friendly.

One Stop English

ELSH volunteer teacher do encourage student to search the online website during the ICT lesson, this is a great place where all sorts of ESOL resources are gathered. Some of the resources are free for complete beginners.

BBC Skills wise

This is not specifically an ESOL resource but has a very clear section for learning English and Maths. There are numerous videos on grammar, reading, writing, spelling and practising speaking and listening. They have level specific tests too, as well as games to consolidate learning.

IELTS Podcast

ELSH is continuing supporting the student to access some great resources when they are starting to improve their learning and thinking about sitting an IELTS exam. There are some excellent podcasts that can be listened too, as well as practise questions, vocabulary specific for IELTS and tips to help pass the exams.

Grammar Education Resource Guide

Very useful website if a student wants to improve their grammar. There are explanations of common grammatical errors, podcasts on improving the grammar as well as work sheets and a whole set of online games to help improve all things grammar related!

News in Levels

Supporting our student to become familiar with listening to the news and improving their understanding. This is to help the more advanced students. There are numerous news articles and uses engaging stories, both written and videos, our teachers uses the resources to teach new vocabulary, check comprehension and help student to improve reading and writing skills. It also has links to improving grammar as well as a joke section!

Know Your Vegetables!

A very useful link as a booklet to help our student identify, prepare and cook vegetables that are available in the Yorkshire area. The booklet offers essential nutritional information and gives a brief guide on how to grow the vegetables. This can be download it is written in English, Farsi and Arabic, and is small enough to take to shops or supermarkets to help identify the English name of the vegetables and to shop more confidently and economically. There are some simple recipes that can be adapted and could be used for a more ‘practical’ lesson when our volunteer teachers are delivery English lesson!

This booklet is also link with the healthy eating advice.

Skills Workshop

ELSH volunteer teacher always are updating their own learning as well as using new resources to help our Pre-Entry (Beginner)student to improve their learning ESOL and Literacy.

Skills for Life teaching materials (ESOL)

Several units’materialsat each level from Entry1 to Level 1, each unit has a theme e.g. health, looking for a job. It’s very good when planning a series of lessons on the same topic and want the lessons to be connected or prefer to work from a coursebook. Combines listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

SQA ESOL Literacies, resources for Beginner literacy

A very good series of resources for students with low or no Literacy, designed to be used as a framework

‘SEN teacher’ literacy resources

These are aimed at Special Educational Needs teachers but useful for developing Literacy from Beginner level. Student can make their own handwriting sheets, word searches etc. These are good resources to give students as homework to reinforce what they did learn during a lesson.

ESL Flashcards

Sets of flashcards good for any level e.g. body parts, emotions to print off. They are excellent for teaching and revising vocabulary.

British Council – ESOL Nexus

This site has some good resources at different levels for ESOL. The British Council, experts in teaching English as a Foreign Language has developed these resources to help teachers practicing teaching ESOL.

British Council – Learn English

ELSH volunteer teacher have access to the internet and a computer during their lesson. This is a more ‘EFL’ (teaching abroad) but useful, only for high-level learners. The materials are organised by skills and by grammar and vocabulary.

British Council – Learn English Pre-Entry student

Similarly, an “EFL” resource aimed at Pre-entry level, but some great multimedia resources.