Functional Skills English

Big Brother writing and discussion task (2)

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Mon, 2017-06-05 16:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Flash cards, Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity

I have had feedback from people using the Big Brother PDF discussion worksheet (see link below – under see also) but without any pictures! The fun part of the session (and for it to really work) is to show the students the people they have chosen: this generates plenty of discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. So, here are the 20 pictures to match to each description given in the earlier resource.

General Election 2017 Reading and Video task

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Sat, 2017-05-06 16:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Writing for impact GCSE 9-1

Submitted by Suz Groves on Fri, 2017-03-31 17:22

Literacy: Functional Skills English, GCSE English

Resource type: Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L2

A resource suitable for GCSE or Functional Skills English (L2) that uses an image of an old lady as the basis of a series of activities for students to learn/embed the following:

  • To understand how to quickly plan a piece of writing,
  • To consider genre, audience, purpose, tone and use language devices
  • To improve the impact of the writing.

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.

The Poppy Appeal L1-2 Functional English workbook

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Mon, 2016-11-07 15:52

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: Employment skills & Public services, History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a selection of literacy tasks, based on the Poppy Appeal 2016 and John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, covering aspects of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Editor’s note: covers all aspects of L1-2 Functional English – also suitable for GCSE.

Work & Leisure pack E2-L1

Submitted by Sandy Fleming on Mon, 2016-10-10 10:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A huge and extremely comprehensive pack of resources. Written for ESOL learners but many parts are also suitable for Functional English and/or Job Skills groups.

Help for Heroes - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Mon, 2016-06-20 18:17

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Ws/E2.1

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Reading, writing and discussion tasks based on an email about a charity event. Discuss the email with a friend, design a poster, complete compound sentences, and answer a wide range of reading questions. Its wide appeal makes it ideal for mixed ability Entry groups.
With detailed E1-E2 Functional English curriculum mapping.

Lisa's Diary - past & future tenses

Submitted by Marion Martin on Tue, 2016-06-14 20:57

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2, E3

Using a diary and a timeline to consolidate the use of past and future tense.
Answering and forming questions. What did she do yesterday? She went…
What is she going to do tomorrow?

Ramadan Functional English tasks

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2016-06-09 21:35

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Form filling

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1

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

A text based around Ramadan to practise E3 -L1 English reading in detail / skimming & scanning for information.
There is also a related form filling exercise (E2-E3), dictionary work, and a discussion prompt (all levels)

The letter-writing task focuses on charity, so it could also tie in to employability qualifications if you are teaching community project modules or similar.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

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!

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