General literacy / English

Literacy resources that cover a range of skills (often at several levels) from two or more of the following areas: speaking & listening, reading, writing.

Writing a children's story SoW and plans

Submitted by Craig Wildman on Sun, 2012-04-29 19:11

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

Free tags: 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.

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.

2011 England Riots

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Fri, 2012-02-17 10:14

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

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A Level 2 Functional Skills English pack based on the troubles in London and other parts of England in the summer of 2011.

Reading and writing activities are included, alongside answers.

Discussions across a range of subjects may stem from this work in order to inform Speaking and Listening skills practice.

Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Dream Holiday

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Wed, 2012-01-04 15:56

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

ICT: Finding and selecting information

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

A short project for L1 Functional Skills or ESOL, wherein students research aspects of a foreign holiday destination and produce a piece of persuasive advertising based upon findings.

Pets E2 literacy exam

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2011-12-23 17:06

Literacy: General literacy / English

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Practice for E2 exams with a pet theme. Reading comprehension, alphabetical order, writing and discussion are all covered.

Word classes Wordle

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Wed, 2011-12-21 15:04

Literacy: General literacy / English, Rs/E3.1, Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

A simple exercise where students separate the words from the Wordle into nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

Christmas celebrations around the world

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2011-12-18 20:55

Literacy: General literacy / English, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Christmas

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Reading comprehension, use of capital letters and full stops, discussion and writing exercises all with a Christmas theme.
Based on texts about Christian celebrations in four different countries (Wales, Iran, Venezuela, China) the resource includes a writing exercise for students who don’t celebrate Christmas.

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.

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