The English Language Essentials series offers a wide range of resources for ESOL teachers and teacher aides – it is especially helpful for teachers who are new to ESOL or don’t have time to plan a lesson. Teachers with English-speaking students who are less confident with English grammar will also find many of the activities helpful.
Effective tools for second language learning
The activities can be used as part of a unit to work in with the classroom curriculum and are easy to upscale or downscale to suit the individual level of the student who has a first language other than English. Aimed at 5-12 years olds, it focuses on language for interaction, seasons, feelings, text structure and organisation, and
expressing and developing ideas.
The activities emphasise visual learning and scaffolding for both oral and written learning. Many require students to use their imagination and encourage them to talk about their own experiences. During these activities and in any follow-up, provide many opportunities for discussion, which is so important when learning a new language. Also, remember to model what you are teaching.
Using pictures, actions and drawings help make meaning for the student. A helpful time to use realia (real-life objects in the classroom) is at the start of a lesson, before introducing any text. Don’t rush through a lesson; move on only once the student is ready.
5-8 Years, 8-12 Years
Inclusive Outdoor Play shows how, with just a little creativity and some lateral thinking, outdoor play spaces can meet the needs of many young children.
This book advocates for using concepts rather than contexts to drive the learning based on students’ needs at the time and for getting HPE (Health and Physical Education) to work together effectively with other areas of the curriculum.
Engaging with Maths through Picture Books will help teachers engage children aged from 3 to 8 with mathematics through rich mathematical and literacy experiences.
Club 100 includes a highly motivating set of warm-up activities to cement basic facts knowledge and get students’ brains ready to learn in mathematics.
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