Sign up to our monthly e-news update featuring the latest news, courses, resources & career opportunities / Subscribe now

Home » News » Emojis in English and ESOL

Emojis in English and ESOL

Research , ESOL , English
Emojis In English and ESOL

Find out how FE practitioners from Kendal College and South Lakes Community Learning have been using emojis to help learners develop their vocabulary acquisition skills and confidence in using new words.

The project

Learners were encouraged to use emojis for reading, writing, and developing vocabulary, through concentrating on persuasive, emotive writing skills. The intention was to create a strong link between image and meaning, that would then be built upon. Learners interpreted emojis, developed vocabulary around them and used the newly acquired language. They then created their own emojis and associated sentiments with them too.


The project reported that this approach has had a significant impact on learners’ attitude towards reading, and has enhanced their acquisition and retention of vocabulary. Teacher and learner feedback showed that the approach has helped learners to engage and to make progress in GCSE, Functional Skills and ESOL courses.

Find out more

You can explore the project findings and access resources developed by the project teams here

Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA)

The project was part of the OTLA 7 programme, which was delivered by ccConsultancy Ltd and funded through The Education and Training Foundation.

Further Information

Sign up for our e-News Update

You may also like

Black British Book Map

Black British Book Map

The National Literacy Trust have created a digital map of Black and Black British authors, illustrators, publishers and bookshops from all over the UK.

Inclusion Network

Essential Skills & Inclusion Network meeting

The next meeting of the Essential Skills and Inclusion Network will be held online on the 11th of November. All Practitioners of English, Maths, ESOL, SEND and digital skills working in the prison sector are welcome.

SEND Community of Practice

SEND Community of Practice

The next meeting of this SEND Community of Practice will be held online from 2.30pm to 4pm on the 25th November 2022 (no charge).