Functional English - reading

Job adverts

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:40

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E3.4

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Gardening & Horticulture, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Types of Text PPT

Submitted by Samantha Dowd on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:06

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.2

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: L1

A power point attached that covers the 4 main types of text. Includes objectives and group activities.

Aimed at Level 1 and ideal for Functional English.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

I attach handouts for one of my recent sessions. It’s fairly self explanatory and tests learners’ comprehension skills. Also covers scanning for info and correcting punctuation errors. Great for teenagers.

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 13:03

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: E3, L1, L2

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

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

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.

Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Fri, 2013-12-20 09:11

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

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Employment skills & Public services

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E3-L2 Functional English, this substantial work pack includes detailed teaching notes and curriculum mapping information. A useful writing frame is included for E3 learners.

Parts of the body quiz

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Fri, 2013-10-11 17:44

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1

ESOL: ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Rw/E1.1a

Level: E1

Resource type: Quiz

A quiz to help lower level learners recognise the names of parts of the body. The quiz can be done individually or in small teams; The names of body parts are on cards for each player/team. The tutor reads out clues to a part of the body. The learners choose the correct body part from their cards. There are three clues for each part. The players score for each correct answer: The highest points are for guessing after one clue and the lowest points for guessing only after all three clues.

The Melbourne Cup

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2013-10-10 19:03

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

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E2.1b, ESOL Rt/E3.1a

Free tags: Australia

Context: Animal care, farming & equine, Leisure Travel Tourism, Sport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A short description of the famous Australian horse race followed by comprehension questions. Includes suggested answers.

Text types matching game

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Thu, 2013-10-10 08:53

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: E3, L1, L2

Cards which can be used as a plenary or warm up to match definitions and features to types of text.
Editor’s note
With Functional English mapping

Formula One 2013 Circuits exercise

Submitted by Sue Cawdron on Sun, 2013-09-29 18:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.5, Rt/E3.7

Context: Sport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

This is an exercise designed to have learners find particular information in a table. They then have to enter some information on circuit details forms – they also have to use an atlas or similar to identify the correct national flag for each circuit.

This is a popular resource for all-male classes where they already may have an interest in Formula One. It can make a great classroom display as well.

Features of Instructions and Explanations

Submitted by Fay Gooding on Wed, 2013-09-25 13:11

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

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This worksheet was created to encourage students to recognize the features of written instructions (numbered lists to show the chronological order of the steps – use of imperative verbs) and explanations (headings written as questions which the text answers).

Editor’s note
Functional English mapping has been added.

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