Engage in Discussion

Big Brother Functional Skills discussion task

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2011-09-02 11:52

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.

You're hired!

Submitted by Matt Barnes on Sat, 2011-06-04 15:44

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

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Investigation or project, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

This is an adapted and expanded version of Jodie Travis’ ‘Hired or Fired’ resource which is of course based on the popular TV show “The apprentice”. I used Jodie’s resource last year with a really big group, getting them to create a poster to ‘sell’ Manchester. I added some more ‘Apprenticey’ bits in, such as getting them to pitch their ideas at the front of the class after they’d made the posters, and it worked really well.

Yesterday's Tomorrow's World L2 writing

Submitted by Paul Dickinson on Mon, 2011-05-23 16:33

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Engage in Discussion

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Writing prompts

Set of challenging L2 discussion, writing (and even movie production!) tasks. Particularly suitable for older learners who remember the Tomorrow’s World TV show and/or technology lovers. A link to the BBC video archive is included. Writing tasks include informal and formal letters and a persuasive essay.

Problem page extra handouts for E2-L1

Submitted by Lisa Holland on Mon, 2011-04-18 17:21

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

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

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Writing prompts

I created these hand-outs for my Entry 1 to Level 1 learners and used them to accompany Saul Pope’s E3-L2 Problem Page resource (see below for a link to Saul’s resource).

I found the resources very useful for both motivational purposes (all students enjoyed the discussion aspect) and also to inform future planning (all students found it difficult putting pen to paper when writing their response).

The initial hand-out (page 1) is an example problem and response taken from a contemporary magazine.

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.

Stop education cuts! Photo prompts PPT

Submitted by Rebecca Galbraith on Sun, 2010-03-21 21:29

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

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation

Education Cuts!Education Cuts!Stop FE/HE Education Cuts is a set of 6 photographs (taken in Hackney, March 2010). Each accompanied by questions to get learners thinking about the effects of proposed education cuts (spring 2010). Designed to accompany any of the 4 related resources on this topic (see below) and ideal for prompting discussion about the importance of education for all.
Contributed by Rebecca Galbraith, Rose Veitch and Rachel Emmett.

Bad hair day

Submitted by Ruth Uprichard on Sun, 2009-11-08 16:24

Literacy: Rs/E3.1, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E3, L1

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

A super writing and discussion exercise that gets hairdressing students thinking about the importance of writing clear instructions. Will also spark off other activities as suggested in the accompanying teacher’s notes. Also mapped to Entry 3 Functional English (writing).

Cartoon concepts - colds and flu

Submitted by Yvonne Long on Fri, 2009-08-14 16:25

Literacy: Engage in Discussion

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

A great speaking and listening tool which involves discussing and sorting out myths and facts. The great thing about this concept (originally used in Junior science lessons) is the way it can be easily adapted for any topic and any group.

Talking Turkeys

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Thu, 2007-12-06 16:17

Literacy: Speak clearly and appropriately, Rt/L2.2, Engage in Discussion

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Christmas

Level: L2

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

A transcript and video link to a performance of Benjamin Zephaniah’s great poem. Great for discussion of language, dialect and oral performance and for Level 2 reading – inferring meaning, etc.

Planning a fireworks display

Submitted by Margaret Lagoyianni on Tue, 2007-10-30 16:18

Literacy: Engage in Discussion

Numeracy: Money

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

Provides useful prompts for general discussion work (small groups). Its budgeting slant also makes it suitable for numeracy classes.

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