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The following ESL resources are available for Sounds and spelling:

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Difficult spellings
Eight words chosen for their phonetically opaque spellings. Students match with phonetic transcriptions and approximate meanings.


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Sounds and spelling
Students answer questions about sounds and spelling and look at example words. The aim is to highlight the mismatch between English vowel sounds and the Latin alphabet.



Photocopiable resource books

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) book cover 

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8)

Colin Granger   John Plumb   
Pronunciation page 47  Page 47 
(1) Ss punctuate short passage and then read it aloud. (2) Silent letters. Picture prompts. (3) Rhyming words. Match from list.


Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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Download Comparison with as...as - grammar notes (PDF)

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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Download Dress code (PDF)

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download Intermediate (PDF)
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Download Advanced (PDF)