Discussion points

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

Debt dilemmas

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2012-02-23 20:17

Numeracy: Functional Maths, MSS1/E3.1, MSS1/L1.1, N1/L1.2, N1/L2.1

Context: Business & Money management

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Game, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

An activity to explore money management and negative numbers. Be prepared to signpost students if need be.

The activity starts with discussing who is most likely to get into debt and then by recognising that anyone can if they don’t have good money skills.

Then students use *place value dice (hundreds, tens and units) to fill in their budget sheets. If you don’t have such dice you could prepare the sheets by writing in amounts to differentiate for each student.

Discussion exercise - famous phrases

Submitted by Helen Holt on Wed, 2012-01-25 21:54

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Engage in Discussion

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

Level: E3, L1

This task was originally used for Functional Skills although it can be applied just as effectively to literacy sessions. The task aims to encourage learners to work in small groups to discuss what each phrase really means and therefore explore the different interpretations that other people have of them. Also makes a good ice breaker. Includes proverb cards, answer sheet and worksheet.

Persuasion cards

Submitted by Anne Waddington on Sat, 2012-01-21 14:13

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Present information

Free tags: Humour

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity

Cards that can be laminated and used over and over again for speaking and listening using persuasive language. Ideal for Functional Skills English speaking, listening and communication practice.

New Year Activities

Submitted by Jackie McCann on Thu, 2011-12-01 12:44

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

General: Autistic spectrum support

Free tags: New Year

Resource type: Discussion points, Teaching idea, Writing frame

Level: E2, E3

A set of resources created for a group 16-19 year olds with high functioning ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) but suitable for any E2-E3 literacy /Functional English student.

Involves discussion of year’s highlights, and a written reflection and prediction exercise. Finally, the students record their hopes and wishes which are then kept in sealed envelopes until l the end of the academic year (or other agreed date).

Remembrance Day Functional English E1-2

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2011-10-21 17:49

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

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

Set of Remembrance Day tasks covering reading, writing and discussion.
Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry Level 1 and 2 Functional English. With teaching tips and extension ideas.

Bonfire Night E1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Tue, 2011-10-18 07:53

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Level: E1, E2

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

Topical set of resources covering reading, writing and discussion.Two simplified texts – one writer likes fireworks; the other does not! What do you think?
Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry Level 1 and 2 Functional English. With teaching tips and extension ideas.

Scary or not scary!

Submitted by Linda M Hoole on Sat, 2011-09-24 11:12

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Resource type: Discussion points, Teaching idea, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

I have found that many numeracy students get scared when you mention terms like percentages or fractions. I therefore developed this introductory activity for my new level 1 numeracy students. They are mostly young parents who were disengaged at school and have no mathematics qualifications.

Car Adverts Functional English

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2011-09-15 13:53

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

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Comprehension questions, writing and discussion based on car adverts. This resource is suitable for motor vehicle students, or a more general audience.

Learners can discuss the important features of a car advert and the advice they would give their tutor. They can then practice writing their own car adverts (not full sentences). They can also write down the advice they would give their tutor, using full sentences and paying attention to spelling and punctuation.

Working with alcohol units

Submitted by Charlotte Gustar on Tue, 2011-09-13 13:01

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.7, N1/L1.10, HD1/L1.1

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Drug awareness

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment

This lesson is designed to embed adding and subtracting, ratio and proportion, etc. whilst looking at the important issue of alcohol consumption and units. Students are able to look at the RDA of alcohol consumption, binge drinking, etc. in the introductory PPT.

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLd/E3.1, SLd/E3.2, SLd/E3.3

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3

Resource type: Discussion points

Aimed at getting motor vehicle students talking in readiness for Functional Skills English (speaking, listening and communication) exams.
Lots of prompts for discussing the pros and cons of driving modified cars. Fully mapped to E3 Functional English.

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