Discussion points

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

Olympics 2012 Torch relay

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Thu, 2012-06-14 11:05

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.

Youth Clubs

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sat, 2012-05-19 18:17

Literacy: Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Discussion points, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1

Predicting words from context in a text about youth clubs. It then opens up discussion for how they might help reduce youth crime.

Editor’s note: cloze exercise with opportunities for writing / commenting. With answer sheet.

News Report: Farm Accident

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sat, 2012-05-19 17:28

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: E2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension

This is a short reading adapted from an online news report. It includes a short vocabulary exercise – matching words and phrases with the same meaning, an ordering question, and some comprehension questions for discussion. Answer sheet included.

Editor’s note: fully mapped to E2 Functional English

Spelling strategies evaluation

Submitted by Lisa Smith on Sat, 2012-04-28 18:05

Literacy: Ww/E2.1, Ww/E3.1, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1

General: Dyslexia support

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Handout or guide, Hands-on / practical activity, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

This was designed to be used with a group of dyslexic learners but would be applicable for any learners with spelling difficulties.

I have used this by separating the group into small groups or pairs and then giving each group a different strategy to try with one of the words from the word list (two are provided – one for E2-E3, one for L1-2) or a word of their own that they want to spell.

The learners get 10 minutes with each strategy and then need to evaluate the strategy.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Health and safety

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Warm-up, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E1, E2

Worksheets and tasks around the theme of emergencies. Written for ESOL but also suitable for adult literacy and Functionakl English.

The worksheets and tasks include reading for information, preparing and practising an emergency phone call, speaking and writing about an emergency situation. The material is set in an Irish context so some of the vocabulary is specific e.g. ‘garda’ is a police officer and ‘gardai’ is police.

The next England manager

Submitted by Richard Buckley on Sun, 2012-03-11 21:03

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Finding and selecting information, Developing, presenting and communicating information

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, ICT task sheet, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Learners must choose the next manager of the England football team. Using the task sheet to guide them, they must research, collate and present information for five candidates and then make the final choice.

There is scope for plenty of lively discussion around the choices made and also about what the manager’s job entails.

A Power Point presentation is included as an example, but can also be printed out to use in some of the additional activities described.

21 CV questions

Submitted by George Wormald on Mon, 2012-03-05 23:08

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

Free tags: CV, quiz

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Quiz

21 questions to answer about dos and don’ts on your CV preparation. Are the statements true, false or is there some discretion about what you can do? As a team quiz it prompts discussion and lets learners express their opinions and justify the points made. Can be used as a revision or introductory tool prior to creating a CV in Functional English, Functional ICT or work skills classes.
Answers are included.

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

A practice exam question based on the style of Edexcel functional skills writing exam questions. Ideal for motor vehicle students.

One task for L1/L2 (formal letter) and one for E3 (letter) which also has a writing frame. Both tasks are on the subject of proposed changes to the driving test and driving laws for new drivers.

99p Shop E1-E2 Functional English

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Wed, 2012-02-29 18:42

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Text about the 99p shop chain with comprehension questions, cloze exercise, writing numbers as words and more.

The text and picture are adapted from the wonderful First News site and the 99p Store site.

Formal and informal language resources

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Wed, 2012-02-29 12:14

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Functional English - writing

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation, Sort or match cards

A powerpoint to spark discussion and introduce the topic of formal and informal language and choosing which is appropriate for different social and work situations. Aimed at E3-L1 Functional English learners.

The PPT can be used with the word match up game, which gets learners thinking about the difference between formal and informal language. Laminate the page and cut up into individual word cards.

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