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Goose Fair - L1-2 Functional English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-02-08 20:22

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

Free tags: AFOREST

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

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

Reading and writing tasks based on an over-the-top article about a new ride at Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair.
The emphasis is on language features ( I HAD A FOREST) and persuasive writing but many aspects of L1-2 reading and writing are covered.

Valentine's Day Functional English tasks

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2018-02-05 23:42

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

Free tags: Valentine's Day

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

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

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2.

John's Crazy Socks

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2018-01-21 18:32

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Follow and understand, Plan, compose and draft, Identify main points and detail, Rw/L1.2, Use reading strategies, Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: disability rights, Down's Syndrome, Equality and Diversity, inclusion

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3, L1

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

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

In the activity, there are six tasks – prediction, vocabulary, comprehension (reading for gist and detail), gap filling (missing headlines), discussion and writing (a social media comment).

ICT (ITQ) Microsoft Word Task Sheet

Submitted by Mike Hackman on Sat, 2018-01-20 19:29

ICT: Functional ICT, Developing, presenting and communicating information, Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL

Context: Business & Money management

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: ICT task sheet

An exercise in Microsoft Word built around the content of a HR article from:
https://www.consultancy.uk/services/hr-consulting

Editor’s note
Three separate step by step activities cover paragraph formatting, working with tables, and pictures/objects.

Blue Planet E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-01-18 22:51

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

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource based on an article about the popular, award-winning Blue Planet 2 series.
General reading comprehension questions (with a focus on reading for detail) followed by a challenging writing exercise where the learner has to email a friend and persuade them not to leave litter on the beach.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Blue Moon E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Tue, 2018-01-16 22:29

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

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource about the the Blue Moon Eclipse due on 31 Jan 2018.
General reading comprehension questions followed by an interesting writing exercise where the learner has to enter a competition to win a telescope.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Greetings and feelings - ESOL worksheet

Submitted by Ann-Marie Okeke on Sat, 2018-01-06 07:51

Literacy: Rw/E1.1, SLc/E1.3

Pre-entry: Speaking & Listening, SLc/M8.3, Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E1.5a, ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Sc/E1.3a, ESOL Sd/E1.1c

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

A worksheet which aims at getting pre-entry /E1 ESOL learners to practice different responses to greetings; both positive and negative responses. It also includes a picture matching task which helps learners to understand feelings and moods.

Editor’s note
Also suitable for pre-Entry literacy.

Comparing texts - gunpowder plot

Submitted by Sarah Holmes on Wed, 2018-01-03 12:13

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, GCSE A3 Compare texts

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Context: History

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material

Aimed at Functional Skills Level 2 learners, this resource is also suitable for the new 9 -1 GCSE requirements (Reading A2 and A3).

It is designed to be done towards the end of a unit on reading skills as it draws together skimming, scanning, information retrieval skills and the ability to collate information.

3 non-fiction texts on the theme of the gunpowder plot are provided along with a worksheet with exam-style reading comprehension questions about the 3 texts.

New Year 2018

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2018-01-02 12:49

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A reading comprehension based on the BBC news website with related writing activities, one at E3 (informal letter) and one at L1-L2 (email).

Editor’s note
There is also some maths thrown in for good measure! A great resource for the start of (spring) term.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST, Christmas

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

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

A revision activity for Level 1 Functional Skills English reading and writing.

Editor’s note
Reading questions cover all aspects of the FS criteria. The writing activity (formal letter) stresses the use of persuasive techniques and is ideal for both Level 1 and Level 2. It includes a useful writing checklist.

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