Gateway Qualifications has developed a set of support materials for those delivering ESOL.

These are available in Prism for Centres approved to run ESOL and include:

Contextualising ESOL

Comprehensive guidance on how assessments can be contextualised to make them appropriate for your learners with examples. The guidance covers:

  • Speaking and Listening at E1, E2, E3, L1, L2
  • Writing at E1, E2, E3
  • Reading at E1

Teaching and Learning Resources

These resources have been written specifically to support tutors with delivering ESOL:

  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning Activities: E1, E2, E3
  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning Activities: E3, L1, L2
  • Teaching and Learning Activities: E1, E2, E3 – 7 units of work
  • Teaching and Learning Activities: E3, L1, L2 – 7 units of work

The units of work include:

  1. Food and Healthy Eating
    Includes learning about food, meals, mealtimes, opinions about food and the concepts related to healthy eating
  2. Friends and Family
    Includes learning about family members and friends, describing them, spending time with them, traditions and celebrations and getting on with people around you
  3. Community
    Includes learning about taking part in community activities and learning about directions and places. It also covers community issues, community activities, charities and raising money.
  4. Sport and Leisure
    Includes learning about different sports and exercise activities, the links between keeping fit and healthy, hobbies and pastimes.
  5. Employment Opportunities
    Includes jobs, personal skills and qualities for employment, interests, work experience and planning for the future. It also covers job applications, interview skills and CV writing.
  6. Education, Training and Goals
    Includes education, their own and in the UK, personal skills and qualities, education and training opportunities, personal goals and future plans and aspirations.
  7. Caring for the Environment
    Includes weather, climate, geographical features, environment issues, living sustainably, environmental campaigns and awareness raising.

Independent Learning Materials

These learners packs are aimed at learners who do not:

  • have readily available internet
  • have access to a wide range of different reaching, viewing and listening resources

They include:

  • Independent Learning Tutor Guidance
  • Independent Stage 1 Activities to do on your own: E1 and E2
  • Independent Stage 2 Activities to do on your own: E3
  • Independent Stage 3 Activities to do on your own: L1 and L2

I think the booklets are FANTASTIC! I will definitely be using them when we are back in classes. I think they really encourage independent learning, something that far too few of my learners do, even at L1. I can check if they have been doing the work or not.

Nick Sambrook, The Sheffield College

These resources are available free of charge to Centres approved with Gateway Qualifications. They can be downloaded from our Prism system and can be found on the “Documents” tab of the relevant qualification.

Please complete the form below to receive your free full version of ESOL Activities to do on your own Stage 1

Staff at recognised centres can download more teaching resources through Prism


Independent Learning Tutor Guidance

Teaching and Learning Activities – Friends and Family – E1-E3

Gateway Qualifications ESOL Skills for Life