Functional Skills English

Literacy revision games

Submitted by Hayley Rainsforth on Mon, 2013-09-23 19:01

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Revision material

Some games to play with literacy or Functional English groups for revision.
Ideal for Entry 3-Level 2

Editor’s note
The students make the games, play them and then discuss them. A great combination!

Cash machine Functional English tasks

Submitted by Sue Cawdron on Thu, 2013-04-04 21:49

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

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

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises.

Holocaust Memorial Day - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Kate Buckell on Sun, 2013-03-24 14:23

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: History

Level: E1, E2

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

Simplified texts and DARTS activities with follow up writing tasks at E1 and E2.
Based on material from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website http://hmd.org.uk/
Prior to completing the reading and writing tasks the class listened to a podcast of a survivor talking about their experiences.The material from both the listening activity (http://hmd.org.uk/resources/podcasts/i-was-there)
and the simplified reading (original text at http://hmd.org.uk/resources/survivor-stories/hidden-histories-martha-blend) was then us

L1 Crimewatch Functional English lesson

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Fri, 2013-02-01 13:15

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Crimewatch

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A collection of resources based around the BBC programme CrimeWatch.
Designed with L1 Functional English students in mind, the lesson can lead in to further discussion about crime, security, safety etc.

Editor’s note
The PPT also acts as a lesson outline which covers the following learning objectives.

  • Identify information from a video source.
    Identify information in text format.
    Summarise text in own words.
    Create a headline and newspaper article.
    Use adjectives to describe appearance (extension).

Design a revision board game for Functional Skills

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-30 18:20

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

ICT: Functional ICT

ESOL: General ESOL

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: game, revision

Resource type: Game, Revision material

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Students design a board game to demonstrate their learning. This can incorporate IT skills (Word template provided below) or can be done with paper, card and pens.

I originally did this with an E2E group and it proved popular. It’s an alternative to the “design a poster” task to review learning. The instructions are set out as a board game. it can be used for literacy, numeracy, ICT or ESOL.

Young drivers - reading, discussion and writing

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 19:45

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An original resource to generate discussion, practise reading comprehension and writing skills (formal letter). Ideal for Functional Skills Motor Vehicle students. Aimed at L1-2 although the discussion is also suitable for Entry Level.

Olympics London 2012 project

Submitted by Pam Benfold on Thu, 2012-08-02 14:42

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Investigation or project

A lovely unit of work from Australia. Designed to be used during and after the games.
Cloze exercise, web research, discussion and self-evaluation.

Editor’s note
Apologies, the resource file had gone missing! Re-attached Dec 9, 2013

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Diamond Jubilee

Context: History

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Lesson plan, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This carousel of Jubilee tasks was hurriedly put together for a group of 10 E1-E3 Functional Maths and English 16-19 year old learners who had just (very successfully!) finished all their Edexcel Functional Skills assessments.

After a year of hard work from my students, the emphasis was on celebration and fun. However, learning objectives included: measuring, counting, writing an email, spelling, 2D shapes, estimating, rounding and working with money.

Diamond Jubilee

Submitted by Ellie Walsh on Tue, 2012-05-29 13:51

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Diamond Jubilee

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A whole session activity based on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I used it to build on some dictionary work we hade been doing in previous sessions as well as paragraph writing and report writing. We had also been talking about open and closed questions so I have used examples of each in this resource to see if learners spotted them (they did!)

We are based in the same building as the library so there is lots of information handily available about local events but I also had internet enabled laptops in the classroom.

Writing a children's story SoW and plans

Submitted by Craig Wildman on Sun, 2012-04-29 18:11

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

Free tags: childrens, scheme, Story

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Lesson plan, Scheme of work

This is a scheme of work I have used in EBD schools to get the pupils engaged with English. It is a 7 week scheme of work aimed at between E3-L2, as it can be differentiated. I have also included the lesson plans that go with the scheme.

Editor’s note
Although written for a Key Stage 3/4 school setting this would work well as a way of embedding Functional English into a vocational childcare course or a family learning situation.

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