Identify the main points and specific detail (a) Understand the difference between main points and specific detail as they occur in different types of text, e.g. a letter, a safety report, a rail timetable (b) Understand the importance of knowing when it is sufficient to grasp the main points and when the details are also important (c) Understand that knowledge of the organisation and layout of different texts can help distinguish main points from detail, e.g. headings, topic sentences

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday, Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study.

New Year 2015 comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2015-01-01 21:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

Chinese customs

Submitted by Philip Mansfield on Sun, 2012-04-29 14:36

Literacy: Rs/L2.1, Rt/L1.4, Rt/L1.5, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.7, Rw/L1.1, Rw/L1.2, Rw/L1.3

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level 1 / Level 2 resource for literacy students exploring Chinese customs. This has proved to be a popular resource with my students. Includes: reading, dictionary work, comprehension and grammatical knowledge with a fun part where learners find their Chinese horoscope animal.

Get the point

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Thu, 2012-01-19 21:22

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: L1, L2

Two resources, one for L1 and one for L2. Both resources include the same 12 short paragraphs. Each paragraph has four points – but which one is the main point?

Designed to be a group activity or a matching exercise this was adapted from an online resource at http://www.softschools.com/ because I didn’t have computer access for my groups and wanted to encourage group discussion. The learner has to read each short paragraph and decide which of four statements describes the main point.

Is 'working from home' a skive?

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2012-01-04 14:45

Literacy: Apostrophes, Rt/E2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rw/L2.3, Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A set of exercises based around an article from the BBC News website during the adverse weather of 2010.
There are multiple choice comprehension questions, together with exercises on apostrophes, vocabulary and synonyms and anagrams. The learner is then asked to write his/her views.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5, Rt/L2.7, Rt/L2.8, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L2

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

A series of challenging reading questions and writing activities based on three texts about the fast food industry.
Makes an ideal revision activity for Level 2 Functional Skills English. Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Ten ages of Christmas

Submitted by Jan Long on Tue, 2011-11-08 10:39

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Beautiful set of L1-2 Reading comprehension exercises. Includes Medieval Christmas, Victorian Christmas, Post-War Christmas, etc. The main focus is reading for detail but there are also vocabulary and dictionary questions.

Based on a series of BBC British History web pages of the same name – but note that only nine “ages” are included in this resource! (There is no Georgian/Regency Christmas).

Hysterical, deluded and thoroughly English

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Mon, 2011-03-28 12:17

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: FIFA World Cup 2010

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Series of L2 tasks based on an article from the BBC News website written after England left the World Cup 2010 competition.
This is a complicated text. The exercises include a comprehension, identifying spelling mistakes and a vocabulary task. There is also a short writing task.

1066 and all those baby names

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Thu, 2010-11-04 18:09

Literacy: Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Rw/L2.3, Wt/L2.2, Word origins

Context: History

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A set of comprehension questions, together with vocabulary exercises, anagrams and a writing prompt.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy and anyone with an interest in word origins and English linguistics.
All based on an article from the BBC News website www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10776581
See below for links to other Level 2 exercises.

Primary education 'too narrow'

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2010-03-17 22:13

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rt/L2.3

Context: Education

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Primary education ‘too narrow’ is a comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report. General comprehension questions and recognising the main points.

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