Reading comprehension

One or more texts accompanied by questions and/or other activities

Smart Meters reading comprehension

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Thu, 2016-10-06 18:31

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A reading comprehension activity, based on an extract from a Guardian article on the value of smart meters. Questions cover the following skills: reading for gist, skimming, scanning, identifying the use of a pronoun, vocabulary matching and inferring. Suitable for Entry 3 – Level 1.

Postal charges matching activity

Submitted by Chris Farrell on Thu, 2016-07-28 15:38

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money

ESOL: ESOL Reading

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E3, L1

I use this in my ESOL Functional Maths classes. I know there are already excellent measures / postal charges resources on Skillsworkshop, but I wanted to do a matching type exercise, which ESOL students are very familiar with.

Working in groups of 2 or 3 it promotes discussion and language development. The money amounts and phrases are cut into slips.

Dogs saving penguins

Submitted by Marion Martin on Fri, 2016-07-08 13:20

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1

Free tags: Australia

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Crossword, Reading comprehension, Wordsearch

A reading based on a news item. Includes comprehension questions, wordsearch puzzle, crossword, putting words in order to make sentences.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E2-E3 but some parts are suitable for E1 (with support). With Functional Skills mapping.

Ice Falling from Planes

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sun, 2016-07-03 17:02

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

General: Autistic spectrum support, Dyslexia support

Free tags: accidents, aeroplanes, ice, news

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A simplified version of a newspaper article. The reading is followed by comprehension questions, a meaning match, a word find, and a scanning for correct spelling exercise. Developed for an adult student with Asperger’s, as well as dyslexia, who needs lots of motivation and exercises easy enough for him to be able to be successful without too much help.

Adapted from a Level 1 resource What happens to Ice Falling from planes
from Dave Norgate (2010).

Help for Heroes - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Mon, 2016-06-20 17:17

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Ws/E2.1

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Reading, writing and discussion tasks based on an email about a charity event. Discuss the email with a friend, design a poster, complete compound sentences, and answer a wide range of reading questions. Its wide appeal makes it ideal for mixed ability Entry groups.
With detailed E1-E2 Functional English curriculum mapping.

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

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Three sets of differentiated reading questions (E1, E2, E3) based on a poster about a shire horse centre / farm.
Covers all aspects of Entry Level functional skills reading. The writing task asks learners to plan and create an advertising poster for an attraction of their choice.
Editor’s note
With full curriculum mapping

Ramadan Functional English tasks

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2016-06-09 20:35

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Form filling

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1

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

A text based around Ramadan to practise E3 -L1 English reading in detail / skimming & scanning for information.
There is also a related form filling exercise (E2-E3), dictionary work, and a discussion prompt (all levels)

The letter-writing task focuses on charity, so it could also tie in to employability qualifications if you are teaching community project modules or similar.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

Muhammad Ali reading comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Wed, 2016-06-08 21:09

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3

Context: Sport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A Level 1 reading comprehension based on the late Muhammad Ali adapted from Biography.com.
Covers skimming and scanning, writing full sentences and searching for facts.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping and answers

The importance of applying sunscreen

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-08 13:16

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A reading comprehension based on two texts about the importance of applying sunscreen and a very brief outline of research (2011) into the increased risk of skin cancer for some people working in the construction industry.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet, Functional English mapping, and a related writing activity. Suitable for L1-2.

Learning to Drive - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-01 20:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1, L2

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


A set of three different texts and reading comprehension activities based on the theme of learning to drive, aimed at Level 1 learners who may be working towards Level 2. Plus two related writing activities.
Editor’s note
Includes full curriculum mapping and answers.

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