Unit 3 is about what happens at places in town. It develops all language skills and can be used in ESOL literacy classes. Learners listen to sound clips and discuss what they can hear and where, build sentences and identify verb-noun collocations. Learners also develop simple transactional dialogues such as buying food in a café, a ticket on the bus, or paying at the checkout.


The town reflects life in the UK and aims to help learners interact with the world around them as well as to develop their English language skills.

Level:  Entry 1 (National 2/Access 2 in Scotland) ESOL learners with basic literacy needs./A1 CEFR Framework.                     

Learning hours and delivery context:

Across seven units, the town provides a minimum of 12 hours of learning in a classroom context, delivered via linked units.  These units may be used independently or as one linked topic over several sessions.  Timings are flexible and teachers can break down the units into smaller chunks of learning and build in revision as required.  The resource is suitable for community ESOL and ESOL delivered in adult learning or FE.  Additionally, the teacher notes provide suggestions on how practitioners can develop further linked learning (such developing and working with learner-produced texts).

Teacher notes

Unit 3: What’s happening in the town?

This unit follows Unit 2, though Unit 2 and Unit 3 could be interchanged if you wish.

Time: approximately 1.5 hours.  Please note that this is a guide only.  You will respond to the needs of your own learners, and the material could be used over two or three sessions if that is what fits their needs.


  • To introduce some verb vocabulary, promote discussion and provide scenarios for speaking and listening practice (role play).

Plan components

  • Teacher's notes
  • Downloaded or online audio track 
  • Cut-up pictures and charts (basic literacy materials)
  • Collocation cut-ups and charts (differentiated materials, stretch activity)
  • Power Point to show role play scenarios
  • Dialogue strips (optional)

You will also need:

  • Soft putty-type adhesive or stick glue (optional)
  • Scissors
  • A computer with audio speakers or a CD player/other to enable you to play the soundtrack

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