Reading comprehension

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

New Year 2015 comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2015-01-01 20:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

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

Free tags: Quick Reads

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Scheme of work, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A mini-workscheme and accompanying worksheets for use with the Quick Read (Chiller Livewire) book Crazy Jack by Brandon Robshaw.
Develops skills in reading, comprehension, discussion, word and text identification and writing.

Editor’s note
March 2016 minor edit to title – no other changes

Job adverts

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:40

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E3.4

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Gardening & Horticulture, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

I attach handouts for one of my recent sessions. It’s fairly self explanatory and tests learners’ comprehension skills. Also covers scanning for info and correcting punctuation errors. Great for teenagers.

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 13:03

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

Functional English resource for Level 1/2 learners, working on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The PowerPoint presentation was used as a quiz to see if learners could recognise the flooded places and to encourage discussion leading onto the reading work.
Further opportunity is included for practising writing skills.

Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Fri, 2013-12-20 09:11

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

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Employment skills & Public services

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E3-L2 Functional English, this substantial work pack includes detailed teaching notes and curriculum mapping information. A useful writing frame is included for E3 learners.

Murder at the Grange parts 2 and 3

Submitted by Ruth Read on Fri, 2013-12-06 08:05

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E2.3, MSS1/E2.4, MSS1/E3.3, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L1.3, MSS1/L2.2

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

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

This is an adaptation of Murder at the Grange, which my students have always enjoyed.

I wanted to extend the work on calculating with time, so learners have to use and extend timetables and calculate multi-stage journey times. I also thought it would be good to have some female characters!

There’s a version for L1-2 and one for E2-3, although there is some overlap. In the L1-2 version I have used 24-hour times.

The Melbourne Cup

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2013-10-10 19:03

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

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E2.1b, ESOL Rt/E3.1a

Free tags: Australia

Context: Animal care, farming & equine, Leisure Travel Tourism, Sport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A short description of the famous Australian horse race followed by comprehension questions. Includes suggested answers.

Formula One 2013 Circuits exercise

Submitted by Sue Cawdron on Sun, 2013-09-29 18:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.5, Rt/E3.7

Context: Sport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

This is an exercise designed to have learners find particular information in a table. They then have to enter some information on circuit details forms – they also have to use an atlas or similar to identify the correct national flag for each circuit.

This is a popular resource for all-male classes where they already may have an interest in Formula One. It can make a great classroom display as well.

Cash machine Functional English tasks

Submitted by Sue Cawdron on Thu, 2013-04-04 21:49

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

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

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises.

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