Discussion points

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

Ramadan Functional English tasks

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2016-06-09 20:35

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Form filling

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1

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

A text based around Ramadan to practise E3 -L1 English reading in detail / skimming & scanning for information.
There is also a related form filling exercise (E2-E3), dictionary work, and a discussion prompt (all levels)

The letter-writing task focuses on charity, so it could also tie in to employability qualifications if you are teaching community project modules or similar.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

Littergram renamed? L1-2 Functional English pack

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Sun, 2016-05-15 15:09

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Discussion points, Hands-on / practical activity, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

This is a literacy resource based around a recent news story. There are a range of tasks relating to an anti-litter app called ‘littergram’ and legal challenges made to the use of its name, with the potential to extend tasks into other aspects of littering and how the litter problem might be resolved. A final extension task asks students to take their own photographs of local examples of litter as supporting evidence for a writing activity.

Trolls face prosecution - L1 Functional English

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-03-03 21:48

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

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

A Level 1 Reading, Speaking and Listening and Writing resource pack based on topical issues around social media.

Editor’s notes
With answers and curriculum mapping. Ideal for all ages, but especially 16-19 year olds.
9/3/16: Minor edit, missing quotation mark in title fixed on page 1.

The Worst Video Game in History?

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-02-23 15:05

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

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L1, L2

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

A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.

Editor’s note
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.

What is a mean average?

Submitted by Janet Kinsey on Mon, 2015-10-12 15:14

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

An interesting meld of description, investigation, paired discussion and tasks.
Ideal introduction to L1 averages – also useful at high E3.
Adapted from one page of Nikki Gilbey’s Data Collection and Averages – functional tasks (listed below under See also).

Nepal earthquake Functional Maths

Submitted by Geraldine Cruse on Wed, 2015-05-06 08:18

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

A topical and challenging series of differentiated questions for upper E3 to Level 2.

Job adverts

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:40

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E3.4

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Gardening & Horticulture, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Railway Safety discussion prompts

Submitted by Meera Popat on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:09

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLd/E2.2, SLd/E3.2, SLd/L1.1

Context: Health and safety

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation

A railway safety PowerPoint to be used as a discussion on why we need to stay safe around railway lines. Can be used as a speaking and listening tool to form discussion points or as a reading comprehension.

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 13:03

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

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

Functional English resource for Level 1/2 learners, working on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The PowerPoint presentation was used as a quiz to see if learners could recognise the flooded places and to encourage discussion leading onto the reading work.
Further opportunity is included for practising writing skills.

Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Fri, 2013-12-20 09:11

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E3-L2 Functional English, this substantial work pack includes detailed teaching notes and curriculum mapping information. A useful writing frame is included for E3 learners.

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