Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing
Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts
This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests!
Resource type: Cloze exercise, Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
Simplified texts and DARTS activities with follow up writing tasks at E1 and E2.
Based on material from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website http://hmd.org.uk/
Prior to completing the reading and writing tasks the class listened to a podcast of a survivor talking about their experiences.The material from both the listening activity (http://hmd.org.uk/resources/podcasts/i-was-there)
and the simplified reading (original text at http://hmd.org.uk/resources/survivor-stories/hidden-histories-martha-blend) was then us
Free tags: Crimewatch
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.
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).
Free tags: Remembrance day
Context: History, Voluntary & Charity
Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts
Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion
Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Sport
Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.
Context: Motor vehicles & Transport
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.
Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing
Context: Independent living
Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts
A set of cards including birthday, get well, good luck and new baby aimed at E1/ E2 learners. Print them off and fold in half as practise for writing short messages. It may help to elicit suitable phrases from students and discuss suitable layout for their text inside the card.
I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.
Ideal for Entry Functional English writing.
Literacy: General literacy / English, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing
Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
A functional skills practice writing task for English at E3-L2. Learners write to the Bayfords, recent winners of the £148m Euro Millions jackpot, suggesting what they could spend the money on to help others (or themselves!).
Could be linked to maths: examining costs, interest, odds of winning etc.
Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing
ESOL: General ESOL
Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing frame, Writing prompts
I developed this simple resource initially as a speaking and listening exercise but quickly discovered I could extend it into a writing activity. The questions are designed not to be too personal. I have used it several times and it has worked well with learners from Entry 1 to Level 2. I particularly like the fact that learners have produced some really excellent writing, which is usually what they find the most difficult.
For the first part of the activiy, learners work in pairs.
Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths
Free tags: Diamond Jubilee
Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Lesson plan, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
This carousel of Jubilee tasks was hurriedly put together for a group of 10 E1-E3 Functional Maths and English 16-19 year old learners who had just (very successfully!) finished all their Edexcel Functional Skills assessments.
After a year of hard work from my students, the emphasis was on celebration and fun. However, learning objectives included: measuring, counting, writing an email, spelling, 2D shapes, estimating, rounding and working with money.