Functional Skills English

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Health and safety

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Warm-up, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E1, E2

Worksheets and tasks around the theme of emergencies. Written for ESOL but also suitable for adult literacy and Functionakl English.

The worksheets and tasks include reading for information, preparing and practising an emergency phone call, speaking and writing about an emergency situation. The material is set in an Irish context so some of the vocabulary is specific e.g. ‘garda’ is a police officer and ‘gardai’ is police.

The next England manager

Submitted by Richard Buckley on Sun, 2012-03-11 21:03

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Finding and selecting information, Developing, presenting and communicating information

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, ICT task sheet, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Learners must choose the next manager of the England football team. Using the task sheet to guide them, they must research, collate and present information for five candidates and then make the final choice.

There is scope for plenty of lively discussion around the choices made and also about what the manager’s job entails.

A Power Point presentation is included as an example, but can also be printed out to use in some of the additional activities described.

99p Shop E1-E2 Functional English

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Wed, 2012-02-29 18:42

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2

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

Text about the 99p shop chain with comprehension questions, cloze exercise, writing numbers as words and more.

The text and picture are adapted from the wonderful First News site and the 99p Store site.

New Year's Eve E3 English tasks

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sat, 2011-12-10 13:43

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Form filling

Free tags: New Year, Equality and Diversity

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3

Resource type: Assessment material, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Revision material, Writing prompts

A practice paper written for Entry 3 Adult Literacy C&G exams at E3 but suitable for, and fully mapped to, Functional English.

All activities are based on a New Year’s Eve theme. The main text and related comprehension questions are about New Year’s Eve superstitions. Other activities include form filling, alphabetical order, dictionary work, planning and writing, and group discussion.

Achieve your New Year's resolutions

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Mon, 2011-11-21 11:31

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading, Writing

Free tags: New Year

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Revision material, Writing prompts

An excellent set of L2 literacy/Functional English tasks based on a topical text about New Year’s resolutions.
Used as a mock exam, the first 12 questions are in the style of the Adult Literacy multiple choice exam and cover spelling, comprehension, punctuation, tone, vocabulary, etc. They are followed by several challenging writing, summarising and purpose/structure questions that are also be suitable for Functional Skills English.

Remembrance Day Functional English E1-2

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2011-10-21 17:49

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

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

Set of Remembrance Day tasks covering reading, writing and discussion.
Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry Level 1 and 2 Functional English. With teaching tips and extension ideas.

Bonfire Night E1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Tue, 2011-10-18 07:53

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Level: E1, E2

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

Topical set of resources covering reading, writing and discussion.Two simplified texts – one writer likes fireworks; the other does not! What do you think?
Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry Level 1 and 2 Functional English. With teaching tips and extension ideas.

Car Adverts Functional English

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2011-09-15 13:53

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Engage in Discussion

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Comprehension questions, writing and discussion based on car adverts. This resource is suitable for motor vehicle students, or a more general audience.

Learners can discuss the important features of a car advert and the advice they would give their tutor. They can then practice writing their own car adverts (not full sentences). They can also write down the advice they would give their tutor, using full sentences and paying attention to spelling and punctuation.

1953: Derek Bentley hanged for murder

Submitted by Philip Mansfield on Sun, 2011-09-04 22:01

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Excellent set of reading comprehension, vocabulary (definitions, synonyms, antonyms), grammar (parts of speech) and writing tasks (write an article) on this emotive topic. Based on a BBC “On this day” article.
Also ideal for prompting a Level 1 or 2 Functional English discussion.

British animal resources

Submitted by Kathy Emmott on Sun, 2011-09-04 18:30

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Functional ICT

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.1a, General ESOL

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Two resources that can be used together or independently.

  • An ICC / Literacy / Functional English / ESOL research project task sheet on “My favourite British animal”. E3-L2 reading, writing and ICT
  • A basic animal anatomy vocabulary sheet for E2-E3 ESOL (paw, claw, antler, etc.)

For more of Kathy’s animal resources go to ‘see also’ below. (Birds of Prey resources)

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