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Silent Letters

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This light activity deals with "silent letters" of English language which are encountered in a large number of English language words. Students read a fairly simple dialogue with the blanks for words containing silent letters. Silent letters, however, are listed while the rest of the letters are blanked. Students find the missing words and become aware of silent letters. Great activity for a warm-up.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: not stated

Verbs at Work

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This is a PowerPoint of common verbs used in the workplace and at home. It can be used for beginning level English language learners. Part 1 uses clip art of 16 verbs and part 2 uses Brendan Tuttle’s artistic illustrations of 28 verbs. The additional PowerPoint is a handout for students to write the verb under the picture and there is also a list of suggested activities for the teacher.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Angy Folkes

Compare and Contrast: Learning through Pictures, Graphs, and Charts

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This presentation is a stAIR Design. It is like an interactive PowerPoint Presentation that reviews the language and concepts of comparison and contrast in order to help students understand those vocabulary words. The presentation was helpful for beginning and intermediate ESOL students and includes keyword Vocabulary: (and), (both..and),(not only...but also), and (but). Part 2 is more advanced and contains keyword vocabulary: (equally), (just like), (similar), (the same as), (although), (different), (unlike), (whereas), and (while).

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: Mary Ewald

Using Sensory Adjectives to Write Descriptive Paragraphs

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This lesson works well with developing writers to help them learn to incorporate strong sensory adjectives into their writing. Students begin by completing a Five Senses Chart and progress to writing a full descriptive paragraph based on a picture prompt. This material was remixed based on "I Spy": Using adjectives and descriptive phrases by Elizabeth Hutchens. The remixed lesson was created to be used with adult learners. The original lesson can be found by clicking on the link that is included with this resource.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Stephanie Sommers

Comparing prices: Shopping for the Beginning Adult ESL learner

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Comparing sales ads for the Shopping Unit for Beginner Adult ESL learners. Using sales ads students will learn how to figure out sale prices, percentage discounts, and final cost of items. They will compare ads from advertisers, compare like items, and find the best price available. Students will learn how to make sentences using comparatives (and superlatives – for higher level ESL learners.)

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive

Author: Orly Penny

Parts of the Body, an ESL Lesson Plan for Adult Literacy or Low-Beginning Level Students

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An integral component of the adult ESL literacy and low-beginning level course outlines is an introduction to the parts of the body. The author addresses this content area, suggesting a variety of classroom activities and instructional strategies which promote student success in the development of this competency

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez

Prefixes Say Plenty TV411

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This website gives a short written explanation and plenty of practice for common prefixes. There is also a video on prefixes and other interactive activities for suffixes and more.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive

A Visit to the Local Supermarket

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This lesson introduces ESOL or ELL students to common food items and their location on supermarket shelves. The lesson also provides an overview of the organization of supermarkets and the distribution of food items along different aisles. Materials include a list of vocabulary, cooperative learning activities, and a handout to complete while visiting the supermarket.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez

Taxes Are FUN!

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Taxes are part of daily life in the United States. The activities included in this lesson plan introduce ESL students to income taxes, the important date for submission of income tax returns, and the simple forms most students will need to complete. A variety of materials and resources are provided.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez

Conversations Questions

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Conversation questions provides lists of questions organized by topics such as holidays, fashion, films, childhood dreams, etc. One thing to bear in mind here, is that the aim is to get students talking, not just to answer yes or no to the questions, even when those questions are polar questions, and that there won't be any "right" or "wrong" answers. Although the format may look like a questionnaire, the idea is that the questions are mere prompts/cues for meaningful communication and should not just be "ticked off" in rapid succession.

Material Type: Assessment, Game, Lesson Plan

Jobs Research Project for Beginning ESL Computer Lab Students

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This computer-based project was developed for my ESL Computer Lab. Students who attend this lab learn the basics of using a computer and complete mini-projects in English to build English Proficiency. This Job Research lesson may be used as a introductory lesson to preface a deeper career exploration. Additional lessons may include writing a cover letter, identifying personal jobs skills, goal-setting, writing a resume, and practicing for a job interview. However, this lesson is limited to using websites to obtain information about a job of interest to the student. At the end of the lesson, students present their slide show to the class.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Sharon Ram