Reading comprehension

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

Beating Crime - Functional Skills reading

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Fri, 2013-03-15 19:03

Literacy: Reading, Functional English - reading

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

An E3-L1 Functional Skills reading resource modelled on C&G assessments. The activities are based around two documents, one from the BBC news website and the other a leaflet advertising a private police service. May prompt discussion on the nature of crime, punishment and the role of the police force in society.

Costa Concordia - inference and bias

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Sun, 2013-02-17 12:34

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Inference - Whitney Houston

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Thu, 2013-02-14 10:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

This is a news article about the death of Whitney Houston followed by a series of questions which ask the reader to decide whether statements in the artice are true, false or inferred.

I have used it with several groups of adult learners who were working towards Edexcel level 2 Functional Skills. They really enjoyed discussiong the article. I did make an answer sheet but I changed it so many times in the light of discussion with different groups that I decided it was best to let them make up their own minds.

Jumbled Poems & Limericks

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-02-11 12:14

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2, SLlr/E1.2, Poetry

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2, E3

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started).

L1 Crimewatch Functional English lesson

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Fri, 2013-02-01 13:15

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Crimewatch

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A collection of resources based around the BBC programme CrimeWatch.
Designed with L1 Functional English students in mind, the lesson can lead in to further discussion about crime, security, safety etc.

Editor’s note
The PPT also acts as a lesson outline which covers the following learning objectives.

  • Identify information from a video source.
    Identify information in text format.
    Summarise text in own words.
    Create a headline and newspaper article.
    Use adjectives to describe appearance (extension).

The US Presidential Election 2012

Submitted by M Reagan on Sat, 2012-10-06 14:49

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

This is a reading exercise I will be using with my L1-2 readers here in the U.S.

My students all speak Spanish as their first language and there are many Spanish cognates in the text. We have also been working on “who/what/when/where/why” questions in class, so that is the focus of the questions.

Editor’s note Also suitable for Functional English.

Victoria Beckham in Amercia

Submitted by Jan Long on Fri, 2012-09-28 17:12

Literacy: General literacy / English

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Revision material

Written for students to practise their skills just before the old-style multiple choice literacy exams – but it can be used to check many Functional English reading and writing skills at any time.

Young drivers - reading, discussion and writing

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 19:45

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An original resource to generate discussion, practise reading comprehension and writing skills (formal letter). Ideal for Functional Skills Motor Vehicle students. Aimed at L1-2 although the discussion is also suitable for Entry Level.

Lasagne instructions

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 16:34

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

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading practice based on a lasagne recipe.
Ideal for mixed ability groups. Questions range from straightforward E3-L1 comprehension through to the features-of-text type that are so important at L1-2 Functional English.

Can be used in conjunction with “Using imperatives “ PPT (see below) and could lead on to a recipe writing type task (writing frame also available below).

Literacy: General literacy / English

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2

A set of reading and writing activities to accompany Readwell Road book 2A Will the Shop Shut?. You will also need need to download book 2A (scroll down to See also)

Readwell Road adult reading scheme books have been a great hit since they first appeared on skillsworkshop in 2010. Site contributor Linda has now gone on and independently published the complete set of 48 books. Linda has recently produced sets of photocopiable activity books to accompany all the stories in Steps 1 and 2.

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