Functional English - reading

Beating Crime - Functional Skills reading

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Fri, 2013-03-15 19:03

Literacy: Reading, Functional English - reading

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1

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

An E3-L1 Functional Skills reading resource modelled on C&G assessments. The activities are based around two documents, one from the BBC news website and the other a leaflet advertising a private police service. May prompt discussion on the nature of crime, punishment and the role of the police force in society.

Costa Concordia - inference and bias

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Sun, 2013-02-17 12:34

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Inference - Whitney Houston

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Thu, 2013-02-14 10:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

This is a news article about the death of Whitney Houston followed by a series of questions which ask the reader to decide whether statements in the artice are true, false or inferred.

I have used it with several groups of adult learners who were working towards Edexcel level 2 Functional Skills. They really enjoyed discussiong the article. I did make an answer sheet but I changed it so many times in the light of discussion with different groups that I decided it was best to let them make up their own minds.

Jumbled Poems & Limericks

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-02-11 12:14

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2, SLlr/E1.2, Poetry

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2, E3

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started).

The US Presidential Election 2012

Submitted by M Reagan on Sat, 2012-10-06 14:49

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

This is a reading exercise I will be using with my L1-2 readers here in the U.S.

My students all speak Spanish as their first language and there are many Spanish cognates in the text. We have also been working on “who/what/when/where/why” questions in class, so that is the focus of the questions.

Editor’s note Also suitable for Functional English.

Letter layout

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Tue, 2012-10-02 21:10

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

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Cut and stick, Hands-on / practical activity

Level: L1, L2

A recap exercise where Functional English learners match the correct aspects of formal letter writing together and lay them out in letter format.

This could be printed out and laminated but I usually give my students a printout of the first pages and they cut out the text boxes and arrange them appropriately.

Features of different styles of texts

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Sun, 2012-09-30 13:07

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

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A worksheet designed to draw together all the features which identify different types of documents or texts such as emails, webpages, letters and leaflets.

I designed this a recap and to create a revision document for my learners doing Functional Skills English at Levels 1 & 2.

Dictionary skills

Submitted by Jan Long on Sun, 2012-09-30 11:52

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

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

I thought people would be interested in this resource. I have used it a lot, particularly with Entry students, to get them used to using a dictionary and to practise the different types of words. It also helps them practise alphabetical order.

Purpose of text card game

Submitted by Jan Long on Fri, 2012-09-28 15:22

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

Resource type: Game

Level: E3, L1, L2

A useful game I created to help my students understand and recognise different types of documents. It is particularly useful as a plenary. I first used it several years ago in an observed lesson, and the game was highly complimented!

Editor’s note
With extensive instructions, differentiation ideas and full Functional English mapping.

Lasagne instructions

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 16:34

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

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading practice based on a lasagne recipe.
Ideal for mixed ability groups. Questions range from straightforward E3-L1 comprehension through to the features-of-text type that are so important at L1-2 Functional English.

Can be used in conjunction with “Using imperatives “ PPT (see below) and could lead on to a recipe writing type task (writing frame also available below).

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