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Resources for 11 - 16s

Rhodes to Language

Rhodes to Language


Language activities, based on the National Curriculum, by Anna Rhodes.

By Anna Rhodes, first published in 2001.

ISBN 978-1-874534-31-0

Now available exclusively as a digital edition, comprising a 61 page e-book manual and 136 printable games and activities handouts.

A physical copy of the manual will be sent to purchasers of the digital edition when this becomes available.

Language activities, based on the National Curriculum, for children aged 7-16 years. The games and activities designed to address specific areas of language use will prove a real time-saver.

8 sections include:

  • Nouns: Groups, Naming Nouns, Speed Naming, Noun Lotto, Odd one Out, Compound words, Word Play, What is It? Syllables.
  • Verbs: Verb Variety, Tricky Tenses.
  • Adjectives: Adding Adjectives, Alternative Adjectives.
  • Conjuctions: Clever Conjunctions.
  • Adverbs: Adventurous Adverbs, When, Where & How?
  • Pronouns: Silly Sentences, Sillier Sentences.
  • Meaning: Multiple Meanings, More Meanings, Same or Different?, Antonyms & Synonyms, Crosswords, Pesky Pairs, Similes.
  • Concepts: Cool Concepts.

Secondary Language Builders

Secondary Language Builders


This invaluable recently updated book provides detailed advice and activities to promote communication skills of secondary school aged children

This invaluable book provides detailed advice and activities to promote communication skills of secondary school aged children, updated in this 2015 version.

Secondary Language Builders provides detailed advice and activities to encourage the communication skills of 11-16 year olds. It has been written to be accessible to teachers, teaching assistants and parents and, with help, the students themselves.

Many aspects of communication are covered including:

  • Understanding memory and learning
  • Using visual strategies and considering independent learning
  • Helping students to understand spoken language
  • Using strategies to improve vocabulary learning
  • Using strategies to improve sentence structure and grammar
  • Finding ideas to structure written work
  • Supporting preparation for tests and exams
  • Coping with social communication and social situations
  • Understanding what is involved in speaking clearly and helping students with their speech.

The book is illustrated.

Secondary Language Builders forms the core reading material for the accredited course €Speech and Language Support for 11-16s€. 

As with all Elklan materials having purchased the book you are free to photocopy any relevant pages so equipping others who work within your school or health provision.

Tall Tales to Invest in Vocab

Tall Tales to Invest in Vocab


A fun resource to learn, reinforce and embed vocabulary

Tall Tales - a fun resource to learn, reinforce and embed vocabulary. Essential for anyone serious about teaching vocabulary in year 5 and above.

12 short quirky stories based on true stories sourced from newspapers and the internet  from ‘Angry Cat Crashes the Car’ to ‘Footballing Fish’ provide rich material for developing vocabulary and non-literal language.

For example, ‘A schoolboy was shocked when he had to fork out 10 pence to take his hamster on a bus. Jordan Underwood had already paid 55 pence for his own fare, and couldn't comprehend it when he had to cough up for his pet too!

180 pages of stories, quizzes, odd one out, matching opposites, sentence completion, crosswords, word searches and other activities to provide plenty of practice. The simple repetitive nature of the exercises makes it difficult to not succeed.

Invaluable for teachers and TAs and ideal for home learning opportunities.

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension 2

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension 2


This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of pupils aged 11 and over.

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of pupils aged 11 and over.

The TALC 2 is based on the Language of Learning Model proposed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The Language of Learning Model is popular in Australia where it is referred to as 'Blanks' or 'The Blank Language Scheme.' This scheme is well received by teachers and teaching assistants working with children at Key Stages 2 & 3 as it helps them to differentiate class based activities for all children but especially those having difficulty understanding language and talking. The assessment will enable children to be appropriately assessed and supported at the right level for them. Anyone familiar with the principles of assessing children can use TALC 2.

More information about 'Blank' is written in the resource and in all Elklan Language Builders books apart from 'Communication Support for Children with Severe and Complex Needs.

TALC 2 can be used to:

  • Assess the level of abstract language a young person can understand.
  • Set individual, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) targets.
  • Increase the awareness of the types of questions and directions the pupil might be expected to understand.
  • Indicate how the language used to interact with the young person can be modified to ensure that the pupil understands the linguistic demands.
  • Encourage the development of the young person's abstract reasoning skills within his level of ability.
  • Develop the young person's confidence because the demands will be realistic.
  • Measure change.

There are three parts to the TALC 2 assessment:

  • Part I involves a picture assessment. The topics for the six pictures have been carefully chosen to reflect the experiences of a wide and diverse population. A picture is shown or four pictures are given to put in the correct order. The assessor asks the questions listed on the score sheet and notes can be made about the responses. There are 60 questions.
  • Part II of the TALC gives a list of the types of questions which can be adapted to suit all situations so that assessment can take place during natural communicative interactions. A simple record sheet is provided.
  • Part III of the TALC provides examples of how to modify questions asked whilst teaching different curriculum subjects. Examples are given for English Literature, Maths, Science, Technology, Geography and History.

All the score forms can be photocopied for multiple use.

Understanding Me

Understanding Me


An invaluable resource for professionals working with adolescents with communication difficulties, by Susan Stewart & Amanda Hampshire.

This product temporarily unavailable while a revised edition is prepared.

By Susan Stewart & Amanda Hampshire, first published in 2007

ISBN 978-1-874534-44-0

An invaluable resource for professionals working with adolescents with communication difficulties. 115 pages give detailed session plans and associated photocopiable material to support students to gain insight into their communication difficulties, allowing them to develop coping strategies and to be able to explain their problems to others. The programme was designed for small groups but it can be adapted for use with individual clients.

The programme of 12 sessions covers the following areas:

  • What is communication?
  • Which parts of the body are used in communication
  • The 8 different intelligences
  • Intelligence Profiles and Communication Disorders
  • Sharing Information about personal difficulties with Family and Friends
  • Diagnostic terms such as: Language Disorder; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Asperger’s Syndrome; ADHD; Semantic / Pragmatic Language Disorder 

A4 photocopiable book 115pp

Vocabulary Voyage CD

Vocabulary Voyage CD

£25.00 plus VAT

A vocabulary teaching programme with printable resources.

by Shiena Stockton, MRCSLT with
Kathy Barber B Ed Hons. 
Ruth Cusack MRCSLT
Lucy Morse Reg. MRCSLT

  • Helping you to help students develop their vocabulary
  • Target words and activities to use in school and at home
  • Useful for EAL
  • All on a disc to print off what you want when you want it!

Vocabulary Voyage is a vocabulary teaching programme and was developed as a practical response to the needs of language impaired and dyslexic secondary school age pupils. It consists of a specific vocabulary of 240 words which are not subject linked but are in common use and are essential for understanding everyday language used in the classroom and for reading texts.  The words are based on Coxhead’s Academic word list (Coxhead 2000).

The words have then been grouped into sets of 10 and a range of activities have been developed to enable pupils to learn the words in a fun way and in a way which can be easily incorporated into the curriculum at Key Stage 3. The scheme has also proved valuable for older pupils and young adults with specific learning difficulties which impact on vocabulary learning and expressive language skills.

This scheme differs from existing work in the field in that, rather than giving strategies for word learning and ways to determine the words to teach, it actually focuses on a designated set of words and gives activities to support learning.  The scheme is seen as an addition to the existing material in the field of vocabulary teaching rather than an alternative.

There are 24 packs each one covering 10 words.

All the packs have the same sequence of activities as follows:

  1. 5 words introduced at a time: Definitions, ideas for discussion and a sentence completion sheet.
  2. Word cards: To be used for a variety of activities.
  3. Words and Definitions: A sheet with all 10 words and definitions.
  4. Word to picture matching: Pupils find their own pictures to represent the words - an excellent activity for discussion.
  5. Missing Words: Sentences with missing words from the 10 target words.
  6. Suffixes and Prefixes: Encourage pupils to consider how suffixes and prefixes are used to alter a word.
  7. Sentence Starters: First part of a sentence, using one of the 10 target words, for the pupils to complete.
  8. Inference Texts: One or more paragraphs using the target words with questions aimed to support comprehension of these words in context.
  9. Phrases to Words: one or more passages using phrases which can be replaced with the target words. Includes questions about the text.
  10. Lotto Boards

This scheme is not about spelling, it is about word knowledge and encouraging pupils to be more adventurous and creative in their use of language. This package will enable young people to be more concise and precise in the way they talk and more able to infer meaning from the texts.