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.

      Average: 3.9 (115 votes)

      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.

      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.

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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.

      Dr Philida Schellekens is an internationally recognised consultant, author, teacher and teacher trainer and wrote the best-selling Oxford University Press ESOL Handbook (2007).

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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.

      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

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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.

      There are also lesson plans, activities and training opportunities which will be of use to teachers working in an ESOL context. The section about policy and research offers information on nati

      Average: 2.8 (4 votes)

      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.

      There are also a number of suggested follow ups.

      Topic: Inca culture and society

      Age: Teenage/adult

      Average: 4.2 (41 votes)

      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.

      Pauline Moon, with over 25 years experience in EFL and ESOL, uses activities and discussion to consider how this idea might help us to support learners to use the culturally situated language and l

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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.

      Presented by Philida Schellekens, this seminar took place at the British Council in London in September 2011.

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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.

      On the evening of June 21 2011 at the British Council in London, an audience of around 100 people attended the premiere of a new documentary film, entitled Finding Home, produced by The British Cou

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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.

      Sam McCarter's seminar from Edinburgh looks at ways of learning vocabulary for the listening module in IELTS.

      Average: 5 (1 vote)
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