Functional English - reading

Layout and text features - card match

Submitted by Nigel Henry on Thu, 2015-12-17 07:36

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.4, Rt/L2.6

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: L1, L2

A L1/L2 Functional English card match resource. Serves as a tactile supplement/plenary for the recognition of text and layout features assessed at Level 1/2. Colour coded to aid learners in organising the columns, this resource allows learners to place the layout feature next to its descriptor and layout effect.

Black Friday & online Christmas shopping

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Tue, 2015-12-08 23:44

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Based on two recent articles / surveys on Black Friday shopping, the main focus of this resource is Functional Mathematics but there is also an introductory page of English questions that check vocabulary, purpose of text and the ability to extract meaning from graphical material and captions.

This is followed by three pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the infographics within the text.

A history of Christmas trees

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-12-08 21:23

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

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading comprehension based on a piece of text outlining the origins of Christmas trees in the UK with accompanying questions and a descriptive writing activity.

Buying gifts - Functional English tasks (E1-2)

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Mon, 2015-10-12 08:23

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment

Two differentiated functional English tasks that involves a number of reading and writing skills (with a bit of maths thrown in!). Learners can personalise this by using names of their own friends and family. For both versions you will need copies of the current Argos book or access to the web site.

Entry 2 version includes: using a catalogue or web site, writing a list & a gift tag, budgeting, writing a note. You will need one gift tag per learner.

2015 'Supermoon' eclipse comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-09-29 15:51

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

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading activity based on a BBC News article about the recent ‘Super-moon’ eclipse. Learners are to extract information from the text and from images included in the article.

Purpose of Text interactive PowerPoint

Submitted by Richard Scott on Mon, 2015-08-17 10:08

Literacy: Recognise purpose, Functional English - reading, Use language style and purpose

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1, L2

A movable PowerPoint that can be used as a starter, revision, recap, group activity, etc. Covering ALL FOUR purposes: INFORMATIVE, INSTRUCTIVE, PERSUASIVE and DESCRIPTIVE. Can be used in conjunction with the ‘comparison table’ which contains the same information in the simple and quick reference table (see my other resources).

Editor’s note
For full interactvity DO NOT use full screen

King Richard III Functional English tasks

Submitted by Helen Whittaker on Fri, 2015-03-13 16:27

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Reading comprehension on the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
Followed by writing tasks.
Level 1-2, with answers and curriculum mapping

Adult Ed Funding Cuts - English tasks

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-03-10 17:25

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Editor’s note (11/3/2015)
Now includes an E2-3 version.

Topical L1-2 Functional English reading and writing tasks based on publicity about the latest, terrible round of adult education cuts.

Two cleverly differentiated resources. One for L1-2, the other for E2-E3. Both consist of a reading comprehension and two writing tasks.

Red Nose Day comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Sun, 2015-03-08 16:35

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Comprehension based on a Red Nose Day order form for schools. Two comprehensions – one L1/L2, one E3. Also some embedded maths and the E3 version includes form filling.

I recommend introducing the form with a discussion about features of text and layout.
The PDF form is available below and also online at:https://shop.rednoseday.com/sites/default/files/docs/rnd15_schools_orderform.pdf

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