News, Politics &Government items

Council loses school catchment spying tribunal

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2011-12-20 15:55

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An article from BBC News on-line.
There is a set of comprehension questions, a homophone exercise and an
anagrams puzzle. There is a short writing task.

Misbehave and lose your mp3 player

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Sat, 2011-09-17 16:43

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

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

E3 reading comprehension based on a short news article about the replacement of ASBOs with criminal behaviour orders.

Questions cover purpose and layout of text, general comprehension and vocabulary. Ideal for, and fully mapped to, E3 Functional English. Teaching tips also included.

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Ww/L1.1, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

An article based on an on-line BBC News story. There are comprehension questions, along with vocabulary and spelling tasks. The final task is short writing exercise based on the text.

1953: Derek Bentley hanged for murder

Submitted by Philip Mansfield on Sun, 2011-09-04 22:01

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Excellent set of reading comprehension, vocabulary (definitions, synonyms, antonyms), grammar (parts of speech) and writing tasks (write an article) on this emotive topic. Based on a BBC “On this day” article.
Also ideal for prompting a Level 1 or 2 Functional English discussion.

Entry Functional English listening tasks x 4

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Sun, 2011-08-28 13:03

Literacy: SLlr/E1.1, SLlr/E1.2, SLlr/E1.3, SLlr/E2.2, SLlr/E2.3

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Listening activities are few and far between but this fabulous set is ideal for, and fully mapped, to Entry 1 and 2 Functional English learners.
Based on four everyday listening events

  • An announcement in a station
  • A notice in a waiting room
  • A news report
  • A telephone conversation

Each provides practice listening for gist and detail in short explanations.

Literacy: Reading, Writing

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A very good and rather challenging set of Level 2 reading and writing tasks. Based on a topical and controversial news article about the UK benefits system, it also makes an prompt for discussion.
The reading questions are multiple choice as in the Level 2 Literacy test but they are followed by several challenging writing and summarising questions that would also be suitable for Functional Skills English.

Victor the Vote Counter activity

Submitted by Nafisah Graham-Brown on Thu, 2011-05-05 08:33

Literacy: Listen for gist, Listen for detail, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: E1, E2, E3

This is a resource I developed, prior to the May 2011 referendum, to use as part of ‘language for expressing opinions’ at E3 Level. It’s quite basic but can be developed in different ways for classes of different levels. It is based the Victor the Vote Counter video available on YouTube or www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Functional Maths

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Independent living, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity

Level: E1, E2, E3

A simulation of the AV and FPTP voting system first used in an Entry Level Functional Maths and English class on Referendum day May 5th 2011.

Students vote for their favourite chocolate and compare the results when using the two different systems.

Resource includes AV and FPTP ballot papers, ballot box labels and a polling station poster. Plus links to voting information videos and easy-read referendum information leaflets.

Hysterical, deluded and thoroughly English

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Mon, 2011-03-28 12:17

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: FIFA World Cup 2010

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Series of L2 tasks based on an article from the BBC News website written after England left the World Cup 2010 competition.
This is a complicated text. The exercises include a comprehension, identifying spelling mistakes and a vocabulary task. There is also a short writing task.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5, Rt/L2.8, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a topical lesson, looking at the Japanese tsunami disaster and its coverage in the media.

It introduces students to identifying facts and opinions. It also allows students to discuss their own views (appropriately) about this disaster. Students are also given the opportunity to write their own newspaper article based around the facts of the events.

The PPT includes links to news videos and is best used in conjunction with the Fact or opinion handout.

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