News, Politics &Government items

UK Labour Market - interpreting infographics

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Thu, 2015-11-19 17:10

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is a rich source of data, charts and graphs.In particular, infographics are becoming ever more popular. They can tell complex statistical stories in an easy to grasp manner but also open doors to further mathematical interpretation and investigation.

A set of challenging differentiated questions (E3 to L2+) based on a recent ONS infographic about the UK Labour Market from July-September 2015.

UK Population data - interpreting infographics

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2015-10-25 21:50

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is a rich source of data, charts and graphs.In particular, infographics are becoming ever more popular. They can tell complex statistical stories in an easy to grasp manner but also open doors to further mathematical interpretation and investigation.

A set of challenging questions based three ONS charts about the UK population in June 2014.

Plastic bag charge E3-L2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Geraldine Cruse on Mon, 2015-10-12 14:37

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Very topical and challenging set of tasks based on a news report about the new 5p charge for plastic carrier bags introduced in England on October 5 2015.

Questions range from Entry 3 to high Level 2 and cover dates, large numbers, bar charts, averages, interpreting data in tables, mean average and percentages. It also challenges learners’ reading and English comprehension skills. Bar chart question requires graph paper or Excel.

2015 'Supermoon' eclipse comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-09-29 16:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading activity based on a BBC News article about the recent ‘Super-moon’ eclipse. Learners are to extract information from the text and from images included in the article.

Election Special 2015 !

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Fri, 2015-05-08 23:02

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Worksheet or assignment

PPT with title slide and 3 slides and a set of suggested questions to go with it.
A further worksheet showing the number of seats for the parties for the last and new parliament with tasks for E3 to L2 learners.

Editor’s note
A great resource for prompting general discussion about elections, statistics, etc.

Nepal earthquake Functional Maths

Submitted by Geraldine Cruse on Wed, 2015-05-06 09:18

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

A topical and challenging series of differentiated questions for upper E3 to Level 2.

Adult Ed Funding Cuts - English tasks

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-03-10 18:25

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Editor’s note (11/3/2015)
Now includes an E2-3 version.

Topical L1-2 Functional English reading and writing tasks based on publicity about the latest, terrible round of adult education cuts.

Two cleverly differentiated resources. One for L1-2, the other for E2-E3. Both consist of a reading comprehension and two writing tasks.

Cyclones in Australia

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sat, 2015-02-21 05:57

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Ww/E1.2

Free tags: Australia, weather

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: M8, E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A simplified reading about cyclones with reference to the two cyclones in Australia in February 2015 followed by some exercises. The exercises are at different levels to meet the very different abilities of students in my class.

Editor’s note
Lovely selection of reading materials and exercises – includes fill-in tables, questions, word searches (two levels), and a blank map to add cyclone paths. E1-E3.

Update (28/2/15)
Small error in wind speed chart now corrected.

New Year 2015 comprehension v2 (E2-E3)

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 11:43

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified and adapted version of Laura Bell’s New Year Resource (which is aimed at E3-L2).
This version is aimed at E2-E3 and is a reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also.

New Year 2015 comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2015-01-01 21:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

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