Functional Skills English

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!

Cadbury Easter Eggs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-03-22 00:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L1, L2

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

A reading comprehension and writing activity based on a Cadbury’s Easter Brand Fact Sheet. Ideal for Level 1 Functional English.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped with answer sheet and S&L idea.

Star Interview worksheets

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Sat, 2014-03-15 18:38

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

This integrated set of worksheet tasks develops speaking, listening & communication; reading and writing skills in relation to a topic of individual interest to the learner and also encourages independent research and planning.

Having compared and discussed the features of a few celebrity interview articles from a range of magazines, learners choose a celebrity (or star) who they would like to interview.

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 14:03

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

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

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

Functional English resource for Level 1/2 learners, working on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The PowerPoint presentation was used as a quiz to see if learners could recognise the flooded places and to encourage discussion leading onto the reading work.
Further opportunity is included for practising writing skills. A discussion was included on ‘Britain has the best climate in the world – do you agree?’

Editor’s note (Jan 23, 15.15)
Typo (p2) and several hyperlinks fixed

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 revision games

Submitted by Hayley Rainsforth on Mon, 2013-09-23 20:01

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Revision material

Some games to play with literacy or Functional English groups for revision.
Ideal for Entry 3-Level 2

Editor’s note
The students make the games, play them and then discuss them. A great combination!

Cash machine Functional English tasks

Submitted by Sue Cawdron on Thu, 2013-04-04 22:49

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

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

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises.

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