Discussion points

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

ESOL chatter groups

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Mon, 2011-07-18 16:17

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E1.2e, ESOL Lr/E1.4a, ESOL Lr/E1.4b, ESOL Lr/E1.5b, ESOL Sc/E1.3a, ESOL Sc/E1.3b, ESOL Sc/E1.4b, ESOL Sd/E1.1a

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

Level: E1

Lovely set of speaking, listening and discussion resources for the start of term in E1 ESOL classes. Covers taking part in social conversation; listening and responding to requests for personal information; accepting and declining offers / invitations (e.g. Would you like a sandwich?), and much more.
Includes question cards, would you like cards, food cards and a do-you-like questionnaire / ice breaker.
Full mapped and with detailed teaching ideas.

Knife crime resources

Submitted by George Wormald on Mon, 2011-07-04 07:51

Literacy: General literacy / English

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Family learning

Context: Health and safety, Independent living

Resource type: Discussion points, Game

Level: E3, L1, L2

An outstanding set of resources. Developed to prompt discussion on knife crime with parents and children in a family learning setting, they are equally suitable in an FE setting – prompting discussion between students and tutors.

Yesterday's Tomorrow's World L2 writing

Submitted by Paul Dickinson on Mon, 2011-05-23 17:33

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Engage in Discussion

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Writing prompts

Set of challenging L2 discussion, writing (and even movie production!) tasks. Particularly suitable for older learners who remember the Tomorrow’s World TV show and/or technology lovers. A link to the BBC video archive is included. Writing tasks include informal and formal letters and a persuasive essay.

Sending a text - personal safety workbook

Submitted by Sarah Horsley on Sat, 2011-05-21 18:37

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E1.1, Wt/E1.1, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: MSS2/E1.2

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1a, ESOL Wt/E1.1a

Context: Health and safety, Independent living

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

Level: E1

Lovely workbook for E1 ESOL, Literacy or Functional English. Use a prompt for discussion about the importance of keeping in touch, letting people know where you are, and asking for help. With plenty of opportunities for students to write their own texts.

A separate blank mobile template is also included – ideal for writing texts. Also useful for E1 Numeracy and Functional Maths positional vocabulary work. E.g. Which number is directly below the 6 key? Which number is in the middle on the top row? Etc.

Problem page extra handouts for E2-L1

Submitted by Lisa Holland on Mon, 2011-04-18 18:21

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

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

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Writing prompts

I created these hand-outs for my Entry 1 to Level 1 learners and used them to accompany Saul Pope’s E3-L2 Problem Page resource (see below for a link to Saul’s resource).

I found the resources very useful for both motivational purposes (all students enjoyed the discussion aspect) and also to inform future planning (all students found it difficult putting pen to paper when writing their response).

The initial hand-out (page 1) is an example problem and response taken from a contemporary magazine.

Writing a letter of complaint

Submitted by Julie Harding on Fri, 2011-04-01 19:06

Literacy: Wt/E3.2, Wt/E3.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Shared text, Teaching idea, Writing prompts

This activity is designed to follow on from previous discussion about formal language and letter writing. It can be adapted to suit all levels but is best for Entry 3 – Level 2.
Learners will consider the importance of the purpose, content, style and tone of letters; and write a suitable letter of complaint from a given scenario.
After initial discussion I ask students what they think of my efforts to compose a letter of complaint about a leisure centre and I show them two letters.

E1-E2 Comic Relief Functional Skills

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2011-03-18 11:16

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

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

Context: Voluntary & Charity

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

Level: E1, E2

I was prompted to create this set of tasks after seeing a lovely Red Nose event poster in my staff email. Although it focuses on Comic Relief 2011, this resource could easily be adapted for other charity events. Please read the resource to find out how you can obtain an editable Word version.
Functional English covers reading, spelling, writing, listening, speaking and discussion skills. Functional Maths covers time, money, doubling and halving, and 2D shapes.
Fully mapped to E1-E2 Functional Skills criteria.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5, Rt/L2.8, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a topical lesson, looking at the Japanese tsunami disaster and its coverage in the media.

It introduces students to identifying facts and opinions. It also allows students to discuss their own views (appropriately) about this disaster. Students are also given the opportunity to write their own newspaper article based around the facts of the events.

The PPT includes links to news videos and is best used in conjunction with the Fact or opinion handout.

E1-E2 Red Nose Functional English

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Tue, 2010-06-08 22:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Red Nose posterRed Nose posterA super selection of functional English tasks. Based on a Red Nose Day / Comic Relief poster and story but can be used successfully at any time of year. Reading, writing and discussion tasks – with extra teaching ideas. Fully mapped to E1-2 Functional English.
Poster updated Feb 11 2011.

Ask Anne - sharing a problem

Submitted by Anne Candan on Mon, 2010-06-07 22:22

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Writing, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

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

Level: E1, E2

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

A great set of functional English tasks based on an ‘agony aunt’ letter from someone who wants to lose weight (tutors should therefore use their discretion before using this resource).
Reading comprehension, discussion and a scaffolded writing task (with writing frame). Ideal for (and fully mapped to) E1-2 Functional English.

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