Use initial letters to find and sequence words in alphabetical order (a) Understand that you do not have to start at the beginning of a list or dictionary (b) Use the initial letter to locate the starting point quickly

Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Submitted by Rebecca Gordon on Sun, 2017-01-08 23:36

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1b, ESOL Rw/E2.5a, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Sport

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This resource is useful for lessons relating to sports and diversity. It includes reading comprehension, alphabetical ordering, reading simple instructions, using a map/key, and a short writing task.

Editor’s note
Written for E1-E2 ESOL students but also suitable for E1-2 Functional English.

EU quick quiz

Submitted by Jay Hall on Tue, 2016-06-21 16:44

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.5, Engage in Discussion

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Discussion points, Quiz, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

A quick paper based quiz on the EU adapted from the on-screen version on the site at:

It isn’t directly about the referendum but might be useful to spark debates.

A to Z Jobs

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Mon, 2012-01-02 17:43

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4


Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

The resources have been designed to complement the alphabetical ordering component of the E2 and E3 adult literacy exams. There are are four printable worksheets suitable for levels E2-E3. Two worksheets have also been adapted as PPT slides which include audio files so that the jobs and instructions can be heard as well as read.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Straightforward but useful resource where a list of clients’ names must be listed alphabetically.

Olympic Games E2 English

Submitted by Geoff Saunders on Fri, 2011-05-13 11:27

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E2.4, Ws/E2.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Olympics

Context: History, Sport

Level: E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading exercise aimed at Entry 2 but would suit mixed ability groups from E1-E3. Based on a simplified text about the history of the Olympic Games.
Includes general comprehension and true/false questions; a ‘missing vowels’ exercise and alphabetical ordering. Fully mapped to the E2 Functional English criteria and the adult literacy curriculum.

St. George's Day Literacy / Functional English

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2011-04-07 18:30

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rw/E2.3, Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.2, Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, St George's Day

Context: History

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

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

Based loosely on C&G E3 literacy exam papers, this covers many of the criteria through a seasonal topic.
It includes reading comprehension questions (E3-L1), a dictionary and alphabetical order task (E2-E3), form filling (E2-E3) and letter writing (E3-L2). There’s also plenty of scope for discussion. The form filling and write-to-your MP tasks are also suitable for Functional English. Ideal for mixed ability groups.

Alphabetical order - colour coded

Submitted by Keith Priddle on Mon, 2009-09-28 17:25

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3

A handy set of six colour-coded groups of words to be sorted by first letters – or combine groups and sort by first and second letters.

Alphabetical order

Submitted by Jacquie Slater on Tue, 2009-09-15 17:25

Literacy: Rw/E2.3, Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

A straightforward but very useful sheet covering ordering by first and second letters, and dictionary work.

Literacy: Rw/E2.4, Rw/E3.4

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Ideal for anyone interested in cars. Use for first or second place ordering.

Susan Boyle - Britain’s got Talent

Submitted by Margery Lynott on Mon, 2009-05-25 17:25

Literacy: Form filling, Rs/E2.2, Rt/E2.1, Rw/E2.3, Rw/E2.4, Ws/E1.1, Ws/E1.2, Ws/E2.4, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

A fabulous, topical set of Entry level resources based on the popular 2009 TV series. Covers reading comprehension, sentence structure, punctuation, planning writing (includes several writing frames), paragraphs, form filling and much more.

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