Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 14:03

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

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, Politics & News items

Level: L1, L2

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

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. A discussion was included on ‘Britain has the best climate in the world – do you agree?’

Editor’s note (Jan 23, 15.15)
Typo (p2) and several hyperlinks fixed

Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Craggs on Fri, 2013-12-20 10:11

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.

Come Dine with Me

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Sun, 2013-04-07 18:54

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

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests!

Passport costs around the world

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Fri, 2013-02-01 15:57

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Engage in Discussion

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points

A list of passport prices (converted into £ January 2012) and a set of associated questions.
Useful in Functional English as a discussion or research prompt, especially just before the summer holiday season.

Conversation skills with Tennant and Tate!

Submitted by Jan Long on Thu, 2012-09-27 13:13

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

Free tags: Humour

Context: Education, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points

Based on an hilarious Comics Relief YouTube clip. A great way to get students to look at conversations in speaking and listening or to look at humour, irony and sarcasm.

You can vary the questions or just use them as a discussion prompt. I have found it works well with lower level learners and with higher ones as well. Even students who don’t like the shows or the people will have some comments

Giving fitness and lifestyle advice

Submitted by Tom Morris on Wed, 2012-09-26 20:44

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Sport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Induction bingo

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 10:17

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity

A mingling exercise to get students talking to one another. Great as an induction activity for new classes or for ESOL learners to practise speaking and listening.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E1.1, MSS1/E2.1, MSS1/E2.2

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLc/E1.1, SLc/E1.4, SLc/E2.1, SLc/E2.3

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Choosing and purchasing food and drinks. General discussion of foods that can be bought in a cafe or other outlets.
Find the cheapest, most expensive, two the same price, etc.
E1 – match food pics to words
Adding up the total cost of their meal (whole pounds or Australian dollars only).
Plus a cafe order docket for a role play. Students can take turns in being a waiter or waitress and writing down orders and adding up the bill.

The Interview

Submitted by Diana Sandford on Tue, 2012-06-19 11:34

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing frame, Writing prompts

I developed this simple resource initially as a speaking and listening exercise but quickly discovered I could extend it into a writing activity. The questions are designed not to be too personal. I have used it several times and it has worked well with learners from Entry 1 to Level 2. I particularly like the fact that learners have produced some really excellent writing, which is usually what they find the most difficult.

For the first part of the activiy, learners work in pairs.

Formal and informal language resources

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Wed, 2012-02-29 12:14

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Functional English - writing

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation, Sort or match cards

A powerpoint to spark discussion and introduce the topic of formal and informal language and choosing which is appropriate for different social and work situations. Aimed at E3-L1 Functional English learners.

The PPT can be used with the word match up game, which gets learners thinking about the difference between formal and informal language. Laminate the page and cut up into individual word cards.

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