Functional Skills English

What do the three main parties stand for?

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Sun, 2010-04-25 22:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading, Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Three main UK political partiesThree main UK political partiesA series of reading and writing tasks based on an information text about the three main political parties in the UK. Written to help a group of Entry 3 learners prepare for their Entry 3 literacy tests but also suitable for (and fully mapped to) E3 Functional English.

My MP lesson plan and resources

Submitted by Matt Barnes on Sat, 2010-04-24 22:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Originally used pre-2010-election in a mixed ability (E1-L2) group but also makes an excellent Functional English resource at any time.
Detailed 2.5 hour lesson plan includes discussion, mini-presentations, web research and paired writing. Includes internet research guidance sheets, scaffolded gap-fill sheet to help with the web research task and a sample MP information sheet. Ideal for (and fully mapped to) E3-L2 Functional English.

Stop FE & HE education cuts! E2-E3 tasks

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Thu, 2010-03-18 22:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E2, E3

Education cutsEducation cutsA fabulous set of scaffolded reading/writing tasks – written for E2-E3 ESOL but absolutely ideal for Entry 2-3 (and higher) Functional English. The reading is based on three different topical texts on this emotive subject (spring 2010).
The writing involves writing a letter to your MP – a frame is provided for E2 writers. Get your college/students involved in this now!
With full details of relevant Functional English criteria.
Please also download the related PowerPoint (see below).

The Caller

Submitted by Pauline O'Connor on Sun, 2010-02-21 22:29

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, SLc/E2.2, SLc/E3.4

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension

An unusual and very useful exercise written for preparation for work students who were nervous of taking messages and writing down information. It also provides useful reading and comprehension practice for all Entry Level learners and will prompt discussion on the importance of asking the right questions and writing down messages.
Ideal for Entry Level work skills students and for underpinning Entry 2 Functional English. Fully mapped to E2 Functional English crieria and the Skills for Life curriculum.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project

A series of tasks designed as both an embedded literacy / Functional English assignment and also as a model to assist Art and Design students who had to make a portfolio describing various types of fabric.
It would be of interest to other learners who enjoy fashion subjects, leading to an extended project on silk in the fashion industry. Includes reading, watching a video, discussion, research and writing.

E3-L1 Functional English for Care (Early Years)

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Sun, 2010-01-03 22:14

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

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

Functional English task sheets for Care (Early Years) provides contextualised help with the underpinning skills necessary to achieve Functional English (FE) at E3-L1. Includes reading comprehension (based on a topical article about the need for more male childcare workers), spelling, punctuation, fact and opinion, sentence structure, writing and discussion. With full details of relevant FE criteria and teaching notes.

Fairtrade business project

Submitted by Helen Connell on Tue, 2009-08-18 17:25

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Data Handling

ICT: Functional ICT, Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Business & Money management

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

Level: L1, L2

Investigate the possibility of a college stocking fairly traded products in its canteen. Covers many reading, writing, ICT, numeracy, speaking and listening skills inc. data handling, report writing, creating charts and questionnaires, giving a presentation, etc. Ideal for embedding all three functional skills (or literacy, numeracy and ICT) especially for business students.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Resource type: Assessment material

Level: L1

An excellent practice paper that could also be used as an initial assessment. Covers speaking, listening and communication; reading and writing. Ideal for all those providers now switching from adult literacy to Functional English.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Writing frame

A great 3 hour Key Skills Communication / Literacy Level 1 / Functional English lesson plan for Painting & Decorating students. Also includes cards for hands-on planning and discussion (in small groups) and work sheet / writing frame for drafting a job program for a 3 bedroom house.

Weekend away

Submitted by Antony Cahill on Fri, 2007-06-01 17:18

Literacy: Functional Skills English

Numeracy: Functional Maths

ICT: Functional ICT

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Investigation or project

Level: E3, L1

A substantial resource designed to encourage students to tackle large projects in bite sized pieces. Originally used with E2E learners but suitable for all age groups. Aimed at E3- L1, it covers many literacy and numeracy topics and also requires some IT and research skills. Also used for L1 Key Skills IT portfolios and would now (2010) make an ideal Functional Skills project.

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