Summarise information from longer documents (a) Understand that summarising must be preceded by locating and selecting information through skimming, scanning and detailed reading (b) Understand that selection involves distinguishing the main points and supporting detail in the document (c) Understand that what to select and how best to present it in summary form will also depend on knowing the purpose and audience for the summary

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.

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.

American taste for soft toilet roll

Submitted by Sanchia Hylton-Smith on Sun, 2011-05-08 15:41

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rt/L2.8

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

Series of L2 tasks based on a 2009 Guardian environmental article about the ecological consequences of manufacturing toilet tissue from virgin trees.

The exercises include comprehension and vocabulary questions, distinguishing between fact & opinion, identifying a spelling mistake and omitted punctuation, recognising the purpose of a text, and summarising.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5, Rt/L2.8, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a topical lesson, looking at the Japanese tsunami disaster and its coverage in the media.

It introduces students to identifying facts and opinions. It also allows students to discuss their own views (appropriately) about this disaster. Students are also given the opportunity to write their own newspaper article based around the facts of the events.

The PPT includes links to news videos and is best used in conjunction with the Fact or opinion handout.

Rage of the very cross dressers!

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Mon, 2011-03-07 01:00

Literacy: General literacy / English, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: Humour

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A comprehension exercise based on an amusing newspaper article of the same name. Questions cover purpose of text, vocabulary, punctuation and summarising.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rt/L2.8, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: Winter

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Snow daysSnow daysTopical help (three different texts) with the underpinning skills necessary to achieve Functional English (FE) at L1-L2. Includes reading comprehension, summarising, and writing (a formal email using the provided documents to back up points). With full details of relevant FE criteria.

Michael Jackson obituary

Submitted by Kathryn Galara on Mon, 2009-07-06 17:25

Literacy: Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.8, Rw/L2.2, Ws/L2.4

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A series of comprehension, vocabulary, apostrophe and summarising questions.

Swine flu web research questions

Submitted by Pam Benfold on Wed, 2008-12-10 17:25

Literacy: General literacy / English, Rt/L2.8

ICT: General ICT resources

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Swine flu web research questions. 1 page of general swine flu questions to research and then summarise in Word.

Living in Poverty

Submitted by Billy Count on Mon, 2008-07-07 16:53

Literacy: Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5, Rt/L2.8, Wt/L2.6

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Living in Poverty is a thought provoking article from the Nursing Times. It is used in this literacy initial assessment for possible Access to Healthcare students. The accompanying questions are designed to check whether students are working at level 2 standards and can follow an argument, summarise information, recognise bias, distinguish between fact and opinion, and write using supporting evidence.

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