Functional English - reading

E1-E2 Comic Relief Functional Skills

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2011-03-18 10:16

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

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

Context: Voluntary & Charity

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

Level: E1, E2

I was prompted to create this set of tasks after seeing a lovely Red Nose event poster in my staff email. Although it focuses on Comic Relief 2011, this resource could easily be adapted for other charity events. Please read the resource to find out how you can obtain an editable Word version.
Functional English covers reading, spelling, writing, listening, speaking and discussion skills. Functional Maths covers time, money, doubling and halving, and 2D shapes.
Fully mapped to E1-E2 Functional Skills criteria.

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.

Tsunami comprehension

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Fri, 2011-03-11 13:10

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rw/L1.3, Rw/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A comprehension exercise in response to the earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan. To be used along with research tasks or discussion.

Introduce the lesson with a discussion about the events surrounding the earthquake and some BBC footage.

The students need to be given the information without the questions to encourage them to read fully – this is not a scanning exercise.

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

Resource type: Assessment material, Tracking or mapping

Level: E1, E2, E3

A student friendly resource. Uses the Functional Skills English Skills Standards / Coverage and Range information to keep track of students’ progress.

Three separate 3-page documents to track success in reading, writing, and speaking – listening – communication.

E3-L1 Stop smoking Functional English reading

Submitted by Jill Dainton on Sat, 2010-05-08 21:22

Literacy: Reading, Functional English - reading

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A a series of very useful Functional English / Literacy reading tasks based on two short topical texts. Covers comprehension, spelling (suffixes), and grammar (parts of speech). Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Police web quest

Submitted by Sara Bishop on Fri, 2010-02-05 21:29

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading

ICT: General ICT resources, Finding and selecting information

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3

Police web quest is a wonderful way of embedding literacy in Public Service (PS) lessons – allowing students to find out more about careers (inc support staff) in the Police Force. Written for Entry level PS students but could also be used in Work Skills and law & order/ justice sessions. Includes reading, writing, vocabulary, gap fill, word search and much more. Also ideal for embedded E3 Functional English and Functional ICT.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rt/L2.8, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: Winter

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Snow daysSnow daysTopical help (three different texts) with the underpinning skills necessary to achieve Functional English (FE) at L1-L2. Includes reading comprehension, summarising, and writing (a formal email using the provided documents to back up points). With full details of relevant FE criteria.

E3-L1 Functional English for Social Care

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Sun, 2010-01-03 21:14

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Five task sheets providing contextualised help with the underpinning skills necessary to achieve Functional English (FE) at E3-L1. Includes reading comprehension, punctuation, fact and opinion, and sentence structure. With full details of relevant FE criteria and teaching notes.

Wimbledon E1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Christine Robinson on Tue, 2008-06-24 16:27

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E2.4, Rw/E3.4, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Wimbledon

Context: Sport

Level: E1, E2, E3

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

Wimbledon is a simplified text for E1-2 with comprehension, dictionary and sentence-writing questions followed by alphabetical ordering work on the men’s/women’s top seeds.
Editor’s note
June 2017 – fully updated – now with 2017 lists of seeds plus Functional Skills mapping, answers.
(First uploaded June 2008 but updated in 2009, 2010, 2016, 2017)

Research and plan a journey from Wales to Italy

Submitted by Anne Hodgson on Sun, 2007-02-18 16:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Use reading strategies

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

General: Autistic spectrum support

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project

Level: E3, L1

Planning a Journey. Research and plan a journey for Wales to Italy. Structured, with fill-in boxes for destinations, mode of transport, cost, etc. Covers many areas of the E3 – L1 literacy & numeracy curricula. Inc: money, timetables, calendars, extracting information, reading strategies.
Written for learners on the autistic spectrum (who often find it particularly difficult to infer meaning that is not explicitly stated) but suitable for many literacy and/or numeracy students.

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