Discussion points

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

2012 stadium

Submitted by June Mill on Tue, 2008-09-02 15:52

Numeracy: Number

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Warm-up

Level: L1

A short article with multiple choice questions and ideas for discussion. Several of the questions also require general L1 numeracy skills with time and large numbers, making this a good all round starter activity.

Misleading averages

Submitted by Debbie Ellis on Tue, 2008-06-10 15:53

Numeracy: HD1/L1.3, HD1/L2.3

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Misleading averages is bound to provoke much discussion how the media, and even Government reports, can mislead us!

Impossible averages

Submitted by Debbie Ellis on Tue, 2008-06-10 15:53

Numeracy: HD1/L1.3, HD1/L2.3

Resource type: Discussion points, Poster

Level: L1, L2

Uses illustrations and thought-provoking statements to instigate discussion and a realisation of what the ‘mean’ really tells us.

Plastic surgery

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Sat, 2008-05-17 15:53

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Quiz, Writing prompts

An interesting article, quiz, research and writing task for Level 2 Beauty Therapy / Care students or any Literacy students interested in this topic (originally written for a group of teenagers).

St George's Day discussion

Submitted by Trish Bradwell on Wed, 2008-04-30 15:53

Literacy: SLd/E2.2, SLd/E3.2

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, St George's Day

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points

Uses a news report to prompt discussion about St George’s Day and whether it should be a national holiday. Written for E2-E3 but could also be used at higher levels.

Easter Eggs - value for money?

Submitted by Judith White on Sun, 2008-03-09 15:53

Literacy: General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number, N1/L2.3, MSS1/L1.1, N2/L1.5, N2/L1.6, N2/L1.7

Free tags: Spring, Easter, Equality and Diversity

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Shared text, Worksheet or assignment

An L1-2 investigation that covers direct proportion (best buy), and rounding / calculating with money /decimals. Two options are included: students can either research Easter egg and chocolate prices on internet shopping sites or use those given. In both cases they must investigate the cost per 100g chocolate and work out the best buy. Final extension work includes consideration of ‘buy one get one free’ and ‘two for £…’ offers.

*Editor’s note.

Be my Valentine

Submitted by Margaret Lagoyianni on Mon, 2008-02-04 15:53

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.2, Rt/E3.7, Rt/L1.1, Rw/L1.2, SLc/L1.1, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.3, Poetry

Free tags: Valentine's Day, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Shared text, Writing prompts

A brilliant resource – especially for younger, teenage students. Includes an original poem, discussion of slang, background info on Valentine’s Day, writing and speaking ideas.

Talking Turkeys

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Thu, 2007-12-06 16:17

Literacy: Speak clearly and appropriately, Rt/L2.2, Engage in Discussion

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Christmas

Level: L2

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

A transcript and video link to a performance of Benjamin Zephaniah’s great poem. Great for discussion of language, dialect and oral performance and for Level 2 reading – inferring meaning, etc.

Planning a fireworks display

Submitted by Margaret Lagoyianni on Tue, 2007-10-30 16:18

Literacy: Engage in Discussion

Numeracy: Money

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Resource type: Discussion points, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

Provides useful prompts for general discussion work (small groups). Its budgeting slant also makes it suitable for numeracy classes.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Writing frame

A great 3 hour Key Skills Communication / Literacy Level 1 / Functional English lesson plan for Painting & Decorating students. Also includes cards for hands-on planning and discussion (in small groups) and work sheet / writing frame for drafting a job program for a 3 bedroom house.

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