The Basics of Voluntary ESOL – a guide from Birmingham CoS ESOL Forum by Steph Neville, St Chad’s Sanctuary ESOL coordinator
The fully comprehensive Core Curriculum for English for Speakers of Other Languages, which can be used as a guide to structuring learning and as a resource of ideas for activities in the English classroom.
Working with refugees and asylum seekers – support materials for ESOL providers – Excellence Gateway. These materials are a bit dated but much of the information is still relevant to anyone teaching ESOL to this vulnerable group for the first time.
Reflect for ESOL Resource Pack – from Skills for life Network. An innovative approach to adult learning and social change in a set of materials intended for anyone teaching or working with refugees, asylum seekers, or long-term immigrant groups in the UK.
Family Learning in ESOL free website resources Working with adults and children together is a well established model and may be appropriate in a Schools of Sanctuary or community or home context. For more information on what Family Learning in ESOL is and a contact for support please click here.
Learning Unlimited – a range of relevant downloadable resources including Welcome to the UK project packs: Preparing for Life in the UK Test, Befrienders Toolkit, and other ESOL materials. Some of these include authorable sections for easy adaptation.
Life in the UK – Test Preparation and Practice This is a free website to practice and help migrants pass the test needed for British citizenship. The test is one of the requirements to become permanent residents or to apply for citizenship.
Trinity College Information on the GESE Grade 5 exam: Required for Indefinite Leave to Remain (to settle) or British Citizenship. Candidates must pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) in at least CEFR level B1 in Speaking and Listening.
Many words which we use in English are borrowed or loan words from many different languages. See this comprehensive list of such words.
Learn English Free – a fabulous Facebook page to share with your learners with great photo cards covering a range of language issues in a visual way
The British Council – Lesson plans and activities for English language teachers of adults, business English students and learners in tertiary education.
ESOL Resources – UK website with flashcards topical videos and classroom ideas. Suitable for beginners in the classroom or as a small group exercise.
English My Way – Teaching resources for real beginners, especially those with little or no writing experience.
Skills Workshop – ICT, Literacy, Numeracy and Esol resources for classroom use from pre-entry to Level 2. Free access.
Dave’s ESL Cafe – – aimed at higher level students (above Entry3) – includes grammar, pronunciation, slang and idioms. Pages for teachers and students.
Handwriting Worksheets – Enter your own script (student’s name, sentence) This programme produces customised sheets for handwriting practice.
British slang – The Wikipedia guide – can be helpful as slang can be very confusing to new arrivals and is potentially a great subject for amusing lessons.
Refugee Action – The Survival Guide to Manchester slang – ‘Ave a Word.
Are you Eligible for ESOL? – Thanks to Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary
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