Tuesday, 26 January 2016


Reflection: It may be a challenge to arrange a classroom where the participants have different levels of English language acquisition. Would you pair them according to their first language, age or level of English knowledge?

ICEBRAKING : Introduction:  
My name is ..........
I am from............
I live in...............

Activity 1: Review the previous lesson - eg; ordinal numbers
The participants take an ordinal number from a hat.
Then they line up according to their places on the line.
They all say they numbers aloud.
Example: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 15th, 24th, 31st, etc...

Activity 2: Group the participants and play 'match the cards' - dates and events
Example: (Date) 25th December x (event) Christmas day
                            01st January     x              New Years Day

Practise: asking and answering questions:
Q1:When is Valentines' day?
A:It is on the 17th of February.
Q2When is Christmas' day?
A:It is on the 25th of December.

Activity 3: write on the board: 25th January
Display the pictures*:
*Robert Burns - Scottish Poet (25th January 1759 - 21st July 1796)
*Burns Supper - haggis, nippies (mashed turnip) and tatties (mashed potatoes) - stovies (mince beef, carrot, anion) - oat cake - whisky
Check the background knowledge of your participants. They might link Robert Burns with the most universally famous song Auld Lang Syne.

Activity 4:  Robert Burns video
Listening Comprehension:
Robert Burns was born more than 250 years ago in Alloway.
Verb: to be born.
Question: When were you born?
Answer: I was born 54 years ago. It was in 1962.
Verb: to grow up.
Question: Where did you grow up?
Answer: I grew up in Brazil
Suggestion: check the needs and the comprehension of new vocabulary. Eg; to influence,  to die, etc.

Activity 5: In their groups the participants will make sentences about Robert Burns and they will share them aloud as a whole group.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


This lesson aims to introduce the local shops to new arrivals in the town

Activity 1

What do we need?

Pictures of local shops eg; Butcher, Florist, Indian Restaurant, Bank, Police Station, Hairdresser, Renault Garage, After School Club, Supermarket, Petrol Station, Dentist, Bakery, Coffee Shop, Cafe, Greengrocer, Chemist, Pet Shop, Optician, News Agent and Post Office, Hotel, Bus Stop, Take Away, Fish & Chips, etc...

A map of the town centre with the main streets' names.

Instruction: ask the participants to look at the pictures of the shops and find where they are on the map and label them.

Activity 2

On the bus: use a sellotape to mark a rectangle on the floor (the bus) and arrange some sits in it. Invite the participants to take a sit and ask them their position on the bus. Use the prepositions; behind, in front of, next to, on the right,opposite, across from/to, on the left...

p1: Where is Ola?
p2: Ola is behind Peter.
p3: Ola is on my right.
p4: Where is Agnieska?
p5: Agnieska is next to Anna.
p6: Agnieska is opposite Peter.
p7: Agnieska is accros from/to....
p8: Where is  Kamila?
p9: Kamila is second on my left.
p10: Kamila is in front of me.

Activity 3

A participant will follow the instructions given by another participant to move from A to B (a scarf can be used to cover their eyes and make sure they are able to follow the instructions without seeing where they are going to. They will use the listening skills and follow the directions eg; forward, on the left, on the right, a little bit on the left, backward, forward, one step backward.

Activity 4

Reading: The participants will be reading a dialogue in pairs about asking for directions.
Speaking: Use the dialogue as a model to ask directions to your partner of how to get to a local shop.
Writing: Write a dialogue based on the model.

The participants will practice the dialogues and will present it to the class.

By Mairi Flood (ESOL lesson)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

SQA Scottish Qualification Acreditation ESOL

English for Speakers of Other Languages

The Scottish qualifications ESOL are for candidates whose first language is not English and they assess the four skills of Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading.

The topics and tasks covered are relevant to learners and offer an introduction to various aspects of everyday work, study, community and social situations in UK. 

There are stand-alone units available at Level 2, 3, 4, 5 and Higher. You can download the support material for learning in Access 2, Access 3, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Higher

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Phonemic Chart

I find this chart very practical. Just click on the sounds or on the top right hand corner of each symbol to hear the sample words including the sounds! This is the new British Council Phonemic chart.

Phonetics Focus - A Sound Choice

Phonology can be fun. This one is produced by Cambridge English Online Ltd and can be useful for teachers and learners of all levels. This can be accessed by the website Phonetics Focus - A Sound Choice

Learn Enjoy Succed

Home Sweet Home

This was the result of an activity to improve vocabulary.