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Cooking in Britain Today

This lesson consists of a series of activities to help students talk about food and cooking.The main focus of the lesson is a text based on a recent survey in the UK indicating that British people are becoming more adventurous and experimental in their cooking and eating habits due to the growing popularity of cooking programmes. This lesson should challenge stereotypes of British food and encourage students to discuss their own preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants.

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ESOL learners with basic literacy needs - where do I start?

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Judy Kirsh explores some of the different approaches involved in teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners who have no, or very little, literacy in English or any other language. She begins with a brief overview of possible approaches and theories of literacy learning, followed by a closer examination of the ‘language experience’ approach. December 2011, Leicester.

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The ESOL debate, Belfast 2012

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Dr Philida Schellekens explores the quality of teaching and learning in further education, adult and community learning and work-based training. The debate looked at factors which would lift the effectiveness of classroom practice and discussed which areas can be implemented by ESOL teachers themselves. September 2011, London.

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Choosing and using resources with ESOL learners

Dot Powell, manager of the British Council's project to create a portal for ESOL teachers and learners, looks at criteria we use to make judgements about ESOL materials, and offers a first look at the ESOL Nexus website. February 2012, Belfast.

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ESOL Nexus - new website for ESOL

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ESOL Nexus is a new site for the ESOL community in the UK. It has resources for ESOL learners, teachers and policy makers. The ESOL Nexus website contains materials which have been specially designed and identified for learners who are working and making their home in the U.K.

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The Inca: A lost society

This is a reading lesson based on a text about Inca society. Reading can be a very solitary activity, but this lesson has been designed to maximise the amount of communication and interaction among the students, so that they work collaboratively and develop their own opinions about the content of the text.

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Language and literacy as social practice

Pauline Moon explores the idea of 'language and literacy as social practices'. She uses activities and discussion to consider how to support learners in using the culturally situated language and literacy practices they encounter in daily life. December 2011, Leicester.

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The ESOL debate, London 2011

Philida Schellekens provides an introduction and feedback on a debate about the state of ESOL teaching and learning in the UK. September 2011, London.

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Finding Home: a film about learning English at the Refugee Council

The film explores the opportunities and challenges experienced by refugees newly arrived in the UK and engages with the need for refugees to develop their written and spoken English as soon as they arrive here. June 2011, London.

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Vocabulary for the IELTS listening module

Sam McCarter looks at ways of learning vocabulary for the listening module in IELTS. May 2011, Edinburgh.

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