Functional English - reading

Goose Fair - L1-2 Functional English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-02-08 20:22

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

Free tags: AFOREST

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

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

Reading and writing tasks based on an over-the-top article about a new ride at Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair.
The emphasis is on language features ( I HAD A FOREST) and persuasive writing but many aspects of L1-2 reading and writing are covered.

Valentine's Day Functional English tasks

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2018-02-05 23:42

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

Free tags: Valentine's Day

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2.

Features of persuasive texts

Submitted by Sarah Penneck on Thu, 2018-01-25 22:10

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4

ESOL: ESOL Rt/L1.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Cut and stick, Reading comprehension

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Students first use Laura’s drag and drop activity on the computer (this covers both persuasive and instructive texts).
I then gave them the features of persuasive texts (see page 1 of resource) which they cut up and stick on the text on page 2 (or they could simply annotate the text using colo

Blue Planet E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-01-18 22:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource based on an article about the popular, award-winning Blue Planet 2 series.
General reading comprehension questions (with a focus on reading for detail) followed by a challenging writing exercise where the learner has to email a friend and persuade them not to leave litter on the beach.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Blue Moon E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Tue, 2018-01-16 22:29

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource about the the Blue Moon Eclipse due on 31 Jan 2018.
General reading comprehension questions followed by an interesting writing exercise where the learner has to enter a competition to win a telescope.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Comparing texts - gunpowder plot

Submitted by Sarah Holmes on Wed, 2018-01-03 12:13

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, GCSE A3 Compare texts

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Context: History

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material

Aimed at Functional Skills Level 2 learners, this resource is also suitable for the new 9 -1 GCSE requirements (Reading A2 and A3).

It is designed to be done towards the end of a unit on reading skills as it draws together skimming, scanning, information retrieval skills and the ability to collate information.

3 non-fiction texts on the theme of the gunpowder plot are provided along with a worksheet with exam-style reading comprehension questions about the 3 texts.

New Year 2018

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2018-01-02 12:49

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A reading comprehension based on the BBC news website with related writing activities, one at E3 (informal letter) and one at L1-L2 (email).

Editor’s note
There is also some maths thrown in for good measure! A great resource for the start of (spring) term.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST, Christmas

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A revision activity for Level 1 Functional Skills English reading and writing.

Editor’s note
Reading questions cover all aspects of the FS criteria. The writing activity (formal letter) stresses the use of persuasive techniques and is ideal for both Level 1 and Level 2. It includes a useful writing checklist.

Sentences using homographs

Submitted by Elizabeth Henderson on Wed, 2017-12-06 18:56

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.5, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Halloween, with associated writing assessments.
Two texts for each Entry Level: an email, a party invitation, a recipe, instructions for a Halloween game, a contents page, and a newspaper article.

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