Staff development

Resources for improving the literacy, numeracy, ICT and general skills of adult basic skills teachers.

Literacy: Functional Skills English

General: Staff development

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Tracking or mapping

The Core Curriculum and Functions Skills Progression Overview side-by-side.
Editor’s note
The print quality of this resource may be low as it is a cut, pasted and scanned (very useful) document. It is not available, even to contributors, as a Word document.
Richard has also posted a link to an interactive version of this document.

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: L2

Resource type: Teaching idea

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Some surprising and counter-intuitive conclusions are reached. It is shown that in the partnership between consciousness and unconsciousness the latter is likely to be senior.

Listening Skill or How to learn phonemic awareness.

Submitted by Hugo Kerr on Tue, 2011-12-20 12:50

Literacy: Decode, Apply strategies to spell correctly

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea

The need for deliberate teaching of phonemic awareness, and a means of doing this.
A research paper followed by a useful step by step method.

Functional Maths process skills powerpoint

Submitted by Chris Farrell on Sat, 2011-09-24 14:11

Numeracy: Functional Maths

General: Staff development

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

I have developed this to help me explain the process of answering open questions in Functional Maths to my L1 / L2 ESOL Foundation students (Entry 3 ESOL). However, it is suitable for any group of E3-L2 Functional Maths students.

I’m hoping it’s better than trying to read through a lot of text in a book.

Numeracy: Functional Maths

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: E3

Resource type: Handout or guide

A very useful one page reference of the E3 Functional Maths coverage and range statements with additional amplification. Extra pages list and explain the all-important process skills (skill standards).
Modelled after our similar document for L1-L2 Functional Maths (see below) this resource is particularly useful for teachers that are new to embedding Maths and want a more detailed framework and and guidance with underpinning skills.

Help sheet for teaching L1-2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2009-09-09 16:25

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: L1, L2

Summarises some of key points and is aimed at those who are switching from teaching Skills for Life adult numeracy to Functional Maths (FM).
The importance of the process skills is discussed (and how these should be considered when using any L1 or L2 skillsworkshop numeracy resource for teaching FM – particularly those of an investigative or problem-solving nature).
Also includes handy one page overviews of all the L1 and L2 FM pilot standards (performance skills, and coverage and range statements).

Creating class handouts

Submitted by Ginette Kriche on Tue, 2008-05-27 15:53

General: Staff development

Resource type: ICT task sheet

Level: L2

Two really useful step by step sets of instructions for creating a) a labelling handout (e.g. of a computer or any diagram/picture you want learners to label); b) a multiple choice question type handout with tick boxes. Originally used for training teachers on an NUT ICT training class. Also suitable for any L2 ICT / CLAIT students.

Create signs and student lists

Submitted by Ginette Kriche on Tue, 2008-05-27 15:53

ICT: Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL

General: Staff development

Free tags: Humour

Resource type: ICT task sheet

Level: L2

Create signs and student lists – plus useful XP DTP tips – two really useful step by step worksheets for creating a) clever signs with some very amusing real life examples!; b) alphabetical student lists in tables.
Plus a super 1 page collection of quick DTP tips / shortcuts for Windows XP. Originally used for training teachers on an NUT ICT training class but suitable for any L2 ICT / CLAIT students.

General: Staff development

Resource type: Scheme of work

Level: L2

Two day intensive workshops for staff taking literacy and numeracy tests provides outline plans and background information on how Wiltshire College has used a whole-organisation approach to improving literacy and numeracy and preparing staff for tests.

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