Literacy support for ESOL

Teaching literacy to non-native speakers can present special challenges. IILT teachers have developed material to support ESOL tutors who have learners with literacy needs.

Much of this work is collated in Féach: Looking at language and literacy, a resource book which provides essential support in three distinct sections:

· A needs analysis pack helps tutors assess their learners’ vocabulary range and language skills at the beginning of a course as well as their reading and writing skills.

· A series of theme-based activities for use in the initial phase of a course with learners who are not familiar with either the sounds or symbols of the Latin alphabet.

· A selection of activities which act as models for creating further materials and which include suggestions for whole class collaborative projects.

Each activity is accompanied by comprehensive notes for the tutor. Further support is provided with a tutors' FAQ,  samples of students’ work,  and a full colour section featuring 40 photos with ideas for using environmental print to explore language and literacy. more


Material available free for download

Below are teachers' notes, sound files and worksheets for practice in basic literacy. This material can be used in class to provide group or independent activities for learners to practise reading and writing and consolidate knowledge of the basics - alphabet, alphabet keywords, .....


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Learning the letters of the alphabet.
39 page module comprising teachers' notes and classroom activities with 7 accompanying sound files providing practice and consolidation  exercises for the letters of the alphabet.

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Jonathan Ryder
Teachers' notes and worksheets (PDF 591 KB)

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