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Teaching Materials

Learning English at ELSH HUB

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

ESOL Resources

There are lots of videos and radio clips available that our students are using to improve their listening skills and 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's volunteer teachers encourage our students to search online during their ICT lesson. This is a great website where a multitude of different ESOL resources are available. Some of the resources are free for beginners.

BBC Skills Wise

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

IELTS Podcast

ELSH continuously supports their students and provides access to 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

This is a very useful website if one of our students is looking to improve their grammar. On the website they will find explanations of common grammatical errors, podcasts on improving the grammar, as well as work sheets and online games to help improve all things grammar related!

News in Levels

This website is helpful in supporting our students to enable them to become familiar with listening to the news and improving their understanding. This is resource can be used by any student, however it is often times used to assist the more advanced students. There are numerous news articles and engaging stories, both written and videos. Our teachers use the resources to teach new vocabulary, check comprehension and help students to improve their reading and writing skills. It also has links to improving grammar as well as a joke section!

Know Your Vegetables!

This is a  very useful link as it is a booklet to help our students to 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 downloaded and is written in English, Farsi and Arabic. It 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 delivering their English lessons!

This booklet is also link with healthy eating advice.

Skills Workshop

ELSH volunteer teachers are constantly upgrading their own learning as well as using new resources to help our Pre-Entry (Beginner) students to improve their learning ESOL and Literacy skills.

Skills for Life Teaching Materials (ESOL)

This resource provides learning materials for several units, and is inclusive for all, no matter the level they are currently at. This is from Entry 1 to Level 1 and each unit has a theme e.g. health, looking for a job. It is very helpful when planning a series of lessons on the same topic, when the lessons are to be connected/linked or it is preferable to work from a coursebook. The resource combines listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

SQA ESOL Literacies, Resources for Beginner Literacy

A very good series of resources for students with little to no knowledge of Literacy, and is designed to be used as a framework.

‘SEN Teacher’ Literacy Resources

These resources are aimed at Special Educational Needs' teachers but are useful for developing Literacy skills from the Beginner level. Student can develop their own handwriting sheets, word searches, etc. These can be used to assign to students for homework purposes, all to ultimately reinforce what they learnt during a lesson.

ESL Flashcards

Various sets of flashcards good to be used by any level. Topics include body parts and emotions. They are excellent for teaching and revising vocabulary.

British Council – ESOL Nexus

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

British Council – Learn English

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

British Council – Learn English Pre-Entry Student

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