Study Skills and General Teaching

Resources aimed to develop study skills across many disciplines.

Identifying BIAS - tips & tasks L2 English

Submitted by Rachel Wilks on Thu, 2015-12-31 10:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Level: L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Tips and four tasks designed to help Level 2 Functional English learners think about how they can identify BIAS in texts.

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.

Poor PowerPoints

Submitted by Helen Redman on Sun, 2011-12-11 14:06

ICT: General ICT resources, Developing, presenting and communicating information

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

A demonstration of how not to make a PowerPoint. This has been used for all levels as an extreme example of the worst PowerPoint ever.

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.

Would you rather...? Warm up

Submitted by Charlotte Gustar on Wed, 2011-04-13 19:13

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Free tags: Humour

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Warm-up

This is a fun, short warm up activity to energise learners at the start of the lesson. It asks students to make a decision on a question and either stand up or sit down depending on their views.

I use it with my Foundation learners, as I teach them maths at 9am in the morning and sometimes they need a short activity to engage them!

Two different versions are included. Some of the questions are not for the faint-hearted but all can be easily edited to suit your own learners.

Tackle unfamiliar / technical words and jargon

Submitted by Leia Fee on Mon, 2010-03-29 21:13

Literacy: Rw/L2.1

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Context: Sport

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: L2

A really useful handout with an example text that clearly demonstrates how readers can use both context and knowledge of word roots / prefixes / etc to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary without using a dictionary or glossary. The sample technical text is about gliding.

Internet Searching

Submitted by Jane Harbord on Wed, 2009-10-14 16:24

ICT: General ICT resources, Finding and selecting information

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Context: Business & Money management

Resource type: ICT task sheet

Level: E2, E3, L1

Internet Searching is a gentle introduction for those new to the internet (suitable for all levels from E2 upwards) based on the BBC home page.

Questioning for understanding

Submitted by Jeff Moran on Tue, 2009-09-15 16:25

Literacy: SLc/E1.3, SLc/E2.2, SLc/E3.4, SLc/L1.2, SLc/L2.2, Poetry

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Listening and/or speaking activity

Questioning for understanding is a really useful help sheet that encourages learners to ask relevant questions (any topic, any level). Based on Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” with teaching ideas and useful links.

For a related resource using the same idea to investigate and write newspaper reports please see Ellie Walsh’s Looking at Newspapers (below).

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).

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