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.
Free tags: Diamond Jubilee
Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism
Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts
A whole session activity based on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I used it to build on some dictionary work we hade been doing in previous sessions as well as paragraph writing and report writing. We had also been talking about open and closed questions so I have used examples of each in this resource to see if learners spotted them (they did!)
We are based in the same building as the library so there is lots of information handily available about local events but I also had internet enabled laptops in the classroom.
Resource type: Cloze exercise, Discussion points, Writing prompts
Editor’s note: cloze exercise with opportunities for writing / commenting. With answer sheet.
ESOL: General ESOL
Context: Health and safety
Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Warm-up, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts
The worksheets and tasks include reading for information, preparing and practising an emergency phone call, speaking and writing about an emergency situation. The material is set in an Irish context so some of the vocabulary is specific e.g. ‘garda’ is a police officer and ‘gardai’ is police.
Resource type: Interactive presentation, Writing prompts
A set of Power Point slides to get Functional Skills students writing.
I use it towards the end of lessons to get them doing some free writing and to demonstrate whatever they have been working on in the lesson.
Ideas include: smoking, binge drinking, pets, tattoos, Christmas, mobile phones, changing laws, cars and more!