Discussion points

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

Hair & Beauty Giving Advice

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2011-09-09 11:57

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E3, L1

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

This is a worksheet that can be used for discussion and /or writing. The learners can discuss the advice they would give and then practice writing it down in full sentences using correct selling and punctuation. It also helps them to start thinking about being tactful!
Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Functional English writing and discussion.

1953: Derek Bentley hanged for murder

Submitted by Philip Mansfield on Sun, 2011-09-04 21:01

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Excellent set of reading comprehension, vocabulary (definitions, synonyms, antonyms), grammar (parts of speech) and writing tasks (write an article) on this emotive topic. Based on a BBC “On this day” article.
Also ideal for prompting a Level 1 or 2 Functional English discussion.

Drug awareness embedded Functional English

Submitted by Andrew Speers on Sat, 2011-09-03 08:32

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Drug awareness

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Independent living

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Poster, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Everything you need for embedding literacy / Functional English into a teaching session that looks at drugs.

Learners explore the types types of drugs and also some of the origins of the problem. It covers types of text and some reading and spelling, including segmenting. There is also a ‘DARTs’ type exercise that explores how to treat a person who may become ill, instructions to re-order, and posters to laminate and discuss.

Big Brother Functional Skills discussion task

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2011-09-02 11:52

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

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

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

I first used this was used as practice for the written and spoken part of Functional Skills exams.

Learners need to begin by discussing TV shows and hopefully someone will mention Big Brother. Then they have to write about 150 words about what sort of housemate they would be in the house.

Next they have to read through the 20 housemate descriptions and choose 10 of them to join them. This needs to be a team decision.

Chris Moyles in numbers

Submitted by George Wormald on Wed, 2011-08-31 18:54

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A numeracy or Functional Maths worksheet that uses data handling, rounding, days and dates, percentages and fractions related to the Radio 1 presenter Chris Moyles.
It is based on The Guardian’s Infomania page in ‘The Guide’.
Also useful as revision material.
Could be used for a discussion on Chris Moyles and musical taste.
Questions are aimed at Level 1 with some at Entry 3 or Level 2.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

Six task sheets written as embedded literacy resources for Entry Level core NOCN module: Introduction to diversity in society.

  • What is diversity?
  • Recognising diverse groups
  • What is discrimination?
  • Responding to discrimination
  • Effects of discrimination
  • Tupac – Changes

Although aimed at Entry 2-3 most of the sheets could also be used in higher level groups and make marvellous discussion prompts.

Check your Functional Skills learning

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2011-08-26 15:06

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond, Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Resource type: Assessment material, Discussion points, Poster, Teaching idea

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

A set of posters / cards / checklists designed to prompt discussion, check learning and keep a record of student progression. Designed for Entry Level Functional Maths and English learners in an FE setting but suitable for all levels and subjects.

ESOL: ESOL Lr/L1.2a, ESOL Lr/L1.5a, ESOL Lr/L2.1a, ESOL Lr/L2.3a, ESOL Sc/L1.2b, ESOL Sc/L2.3b

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Education

Level: L1, L2

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

A Yorkshire Yarn is a short documentary series exploring the English language learning experiences of three students at the University of Huddersfield. There are three episodes in the series.

1 The Tales of a Trainee Tutor
http://www.youtube.com/user/ESOLRESOURCES#p/a/u/2/Itb9nc9rIMg

‘The Tale of a Trainee Teacher’ is the first episode and explores the experiences of Wafaa Fathy. Wafaa was born in Egypt and now lives in Leeds.

Alcohol Abuse L2 Functional English study pack

Submitted by Tina Smith on Fri, 2011-08-19 09:23

Literacy: Functional Skills English

Free tags: Drug awareness

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L2

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

A fabulous and very topical study pack for Level 2 Functional English students. Covers all aspects of Functional English and is fully mapped to the Functional Skills criteria.
13 tasks covering reading, writing and discussion. Includes: spelling, dictionary work, formal and semi-formal letter writing, surveys and graphical information, reading comprehension, punctuation and paragraphing, and summarising. With teaching notes and several exemplar answers.

Harry Potter in numbers

Submitted by George Wormald on Tue, 2011-07-19 11:27

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Harry Potter

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Using a newspaper article to interpret numbers and use decimals, fractions and percentages. This resource introduces the learner to billions, but the majority of questions and process are aimed at Level 1 (with some suitable for Entry 3).

Questions cover writing numbers in words and figures, place value, equivalent fractions, dates, measures, rounding, etc. Makes useful revision material.

The Level 2 extension questions involve creating a chart and converting a currency – all with a Harry Potter theme.

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