Discussion points

A range of resources that are particularly good for prompting class discussion

John's Crazy Socks

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2018-01-21 17:32

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Follow and understand, Plan, compose and draft, Identify main points and detail, Rw/L1.2, Use reading strategies, Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: disability rights, Down's Syndrome, Equality and Diversity, inclusion

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3, L1

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

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

In the activity, there are six tasks – prediction, vocabulary, comprehension (reading for gist and detail), gap filling (missing headlines), discussion and writing (a social media comment).

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Identify main points and detail, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Free tags: Brexit, conjunction, contrast, EU, government, leisure, public funding, sport

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L1, L2

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

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Learners start by discussing issues around sports funding, before reading Text A, which is adapted from an article published in 2016, following the Brexit vote. There are five comprehension questions.

Looking out for scams

Submitted by Rachel Farrow on Thu, 2017-09-28 08:31

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Rt/E1.1

Free tags: reading, scams

Context: Independent living

Level: E1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Reading comprehension

A Powerpoint presentation designed to prompt discussion and accompanying reading comprehension to advise about avoiding scams.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping. Covers reading, writing and SL&C.

Using distance and mileage charts

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Mon, 2017-09-25 18:13

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Length weight capacity temperature scales, HD1/E3.1, HD1/L1.1, MSS1/L1.5

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation

Functional skills maths.
Extract information from mileage and distance (network) diagrams. Complete a mileage chart.
Editor’s note
With worked solutions, pop up help and a final challenge question.
Ideal as an introduction or for revision.

How to not pass your driving test

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2017-05-30 08:42

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1

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

A short, contextual news article with associated comprehension and two writing tasks (a Facebook message and a formal letter).

Editor’s note
With answers and detailed curriculum mapping.

Fidel Castro

Submitted by Lynn Bradshaw on Thu, 2017-01-05 18:54

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Engage in Discussion

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

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

This is a reading comprehension and dictionary exercise based on the life of Fidel Castro. I have provided the reading text first and then the vocabulary work. However, with some groups it may be better to work on the vocabulary before tackling the text.
Editor’s note
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.

The Poppy Appeal L1-2 Functional English workbook

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Mon, 2016-11-07 14:52

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: Employment skills & Public services, History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a selection of literacy tasks, based on the Poppy Appeal 2016 and John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, covering aspects of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Editor’s note: covers all aspects of L1-2 Functional English – also suitable for GCSE.

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: ESOL Listening, ESOL Speaking, ESOL Reading

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea

Passage to IndiaPassage to IndiaThese lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Conversation Skills for Hair & Beauty students

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Wed, 2016-07-27 12:11

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation

Aimed at Hairdressing students working towards Functional English at E3 and L1, this helps with the S&L section in a vocational context.

EU quick quiz

Submitted by Jay Hall on Tue, 2016-06-21 15:44

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 uk.gov site at: www.eureferendum.gov.uk

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

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