Engage in Discussion

Fidel Castro

Submitted by Lynn Bradshaw on Thu, 2017-01-05 19:54

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Engage in Discussion

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a reading comprehension and dictionary exercise based on the life of Fidel Castro. I have provided the reading text first and then the vocabulary work. However, with some groups it may be better to work on the vocabulary before tackling the text.
Editor’s note
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.

EU quick quiz

Submitted by Jay Hall on Tue, 2016-06-21 16:44

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.5, Engage in Discussion

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Discussion points, Quiz, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

A quick paper based quiz on the EU adapted from the on-screen version on the uk.gov site at: www.eureferendum.gov.uk

It isn’t directly about the referendum but might be useful to spark debates.

The Leicester City Story

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-05-05 10:22

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Engage in Discussion

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level 2 reading comprehension and writing activities based on three different texts (article, blog and cartoon).

  • Pack 1 – reading comprehension, Text B (blog post) and a discussion idea.
  • Pack 2 – reading comprehension, Text C (news article) and a writing idea. You need Text A (available separately – see below)

Note that Text A (which is carton based) can also be cut up and used as a sequencing activity for lower levels – not as easy as it looks!

Health related role play and conversation

Submitted by Adele Harris on Wed, 2016-03-09 00:58

Literacy: Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Independent living

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

Level: E1, E2

I have been covering how to make an appointment with the GP and taking part in a role play with the GP with my ESOL group, so I have prepared these materials.

My courses are not accredited, so I don’t know how this fits into the ESOL SFL criteria and my classes are, inevitably, a mix of Pre-Entry and E1 learners. Hope it might be useful.

Editors note
Ideal for E1-2 ESOL and also some adult literacy learners.

Passport costs around the world

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Fri, 2013-02-01 15:57

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Engage in Discussion

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points

A list of passport prices (converted into £ January 2012) and a set of associated questions.
Useful in Functional English as a discussion or research prompt, especially just before the summer holiday season.

Giving fitness and lifestyle advice

Submitted by Tom Morris on Wed, 2012-09-26 20:44

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Sport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Discussion exercise - famous phrases

Submitted by Helen Holt on Wed, 2012-01-25 21:54

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Engage in Discussion

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: E3, L1

This task was originally used for Functional Skills although it can be applied just as effectively to literacy sessions. The task aims to encourage learners to work in small groups to discuss what each phrase really means and therefore explore the different interpretations that other people have of them. Also makes a good ice breaker. Includes proverb cards, answer sheet and worksheet.

Car Adverts Functional English

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2011-09-15 13:53

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Engage in Discussion

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Comprehension questions, writing and discussion based on car adverts. This resource is suitable for motor vehicle students, or a more general audience.

Learners can discuss the important features of a car advert and the advice they would give their tutor. They can then practice writing their own car adverts (not full sentences). They can also write down the advice they would give their tutor, using full sentences and paying attention to spelling and punctuation.

Big Brother Functional Skills discussion task

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2011-09-02 12:52

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

I first used this was used as practice for the written and spoken part of Functional Skills exams.

Learners need to begin by discussing TV shows and hopefully someone will mention Big Brother. Then they have to write about 150 words about what sort of housemate they would be in the house.

Next they have to read through the 20 housemate descriptions and choose 10 of them to join them. This needs to be a team decision.

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