Functional English - reading

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

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Three sets of differentiated reading questions (E1, E2, E3) based on a poster about a shire horse centre / farm.
Covers all aspects of Entry Level functional skills reading. The writing task asks learners to plan and create an advertising poster for an attraction of their choice.
Editor’s note
With full curriculum mapping

Living room vocabulary - words and pictures

Submitted by Sian Evans on Mon, 2016-06-13 17:41

Pre-entry: Sentence Focus, Ww/M8.2, Rw/M8.2, Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Functional English - writing, Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.1a

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

8 pictures and words to teach the vocabulary of things in a living room. Can be cut up and used as a picture / word match activity for groups or as a whole class activity. Can also be used to practise alphabetical ordering. There is also
a worksheet, a labelling exercise and short simple writing activity to practise the structure ‘there is / there are’.

Muhammad Ali reading comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Wed, 2016-06-08 21:09

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3

Context: Sport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A Level 1 reading comprehension based on the late Muhammad Ali adapted from Biography.com.
Covers skimming and scanning, writing full sentences and searching for facts.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping and answers

The importance of applying sunscreen

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-08 13:16

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A reading comprehension based on two texts about the importance of applying sunscreen and a very brief outline of research (2011) into the increased risk of skin cancer for some people working in the construction industry.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet, Functional English mapping, and a related writing activity. Suitable for L1-2.

Learning to Drive - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-01 20:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1, L2

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


A set of three different texts and reading comprehension activities based on the theme of learning to drive, aimed at Level 1 learners who may be working towards Level 2. Plus two related writing activities.
Editor’s note
Includes full curriculum mapping and answers.

Littergram renamed? L1-2 Functional English pack

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Sun, 2016-05-15 15:09

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

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Discussion points, Hands-on / practical activity, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

This is a literacy resource based around a recent news story. There are a range of tasks relating to an anti-litter app called ‘littergram’ and legal challenges made to the use of its name, with the potential to extend tasks into other aspects of littering and how the litter problem might be resolved. A final extension task asks students to take their own photographs of local examples of litter as supporting evidence for a writing activity.

Phrase & metaphor follow me - domino loop cards

Submitted by Nigel Henry on Tue, 2016-05-10 16:21

Literacy: Follow and understand, Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Game, Sort or match cards

An E3- L2 Set of ‘follow-me’ cards that can be used by a group of learners or as a domino card match ‘loop’ for an individual learner. Serves as a supplementary / plenary resource to identifying and defining common phrases/sayings.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A5, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

This is new from Sept 2015 for L2 reading.
It is a list of writing techniques – the name of the technique, a description and an example.

Editor’s note (updated 7/5/2017)
Also ideal for GCSE English revision.
Covers 14 techniques: similes, hyperbole, alliteration, rhetorical questions, superlatives, personification, analogy, colloquialisms, cliches, onomatopoeia, oxymorons, imperatives, metaphors and emotive language.

Mothering Sunday

Submitted by Mary McMellon on Thu, 2016-03-10 11:36

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

Free tags: Mothers Day

Context: History

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading from a BBC site with questions based on the Edexcel L1 Functional Skills reading paper and a writing task. The topic is ‘Mothering Sunday’. It describes the history and gives information about traditional food.

Editor’s note
Very comprehensive. All aspects of L1 reading are covered – not just “reading for detail”.

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

Free tags: Quick Reads

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Scheme of work, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A mini-workscheme and accompanying worksheets for use with the Quick Reads book Ghost Dog by Brandon Robshaw.
Develops skills in reading, comprehension, word and text identification, discussion and writing.

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