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Things for class wordsearch

Submitted by Jay Hall on Sun, 2016-09-18 15:20

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a

Free tags: classroom objects, stationary, wordsearch

Context: Education

Resource type: Wordsearch

Level: M8, E1

An easy word search (downwards and across only – no diagonals of backward-spelt words). Ideal for consolidating a vocabulary lesson on things to bring to class. A first lesson warmer / homework / filler.

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: ESOL Listening, ESOL Speaking, ESOL Reading

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea

Passage to IndiaPassage to IndiaThese lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Olympic Rio opening ceremony - Functional English

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2016-08-16 17:39

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Olympics

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing prompts

A short cloze exercise on the Olympic Opening Ceremony based on numbers (E2-L1), plus a writing activity at 2 levels (E2-3 and L1-L2).

Editor’s note
The cloze is also a clever way of embedding some maths (large numbers).

Handling cash in a restaurant

Submitted by Anne Waddington on Mon, 2016-08-01 09:59

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A contextualised set of Functional Maths tasks for catering and hospitalitystudents.
Includes:

  • Counting up money and making up floats
  • Adding up prices and working out change
  • Extracting information from a table

A separate answer sheet is also included.

Adapted from the ‘Salon’ and ‘Garage’ versions of this worksheet by Carrie Bray (20111) – see links below.
All three worksheets are also linked to the “Working with Decimals” lesson plan, PPT & objective checker by Charlotte Gustar (listed under *See also

Postal charges matching activity

Submitted by Chris Farrell on Thu, 2016-07-28 16:38

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money

ESOL: ESOL Reading

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E3, L1

I use this in my ESOL Functional Maths classes. I know there are already excellent measures / postal charges resources on Skillsworkshop, but I wanted to do a matching type exercise, which ESOL students are very familiar with.

Working in groups of 2 or 3 it promotes discussion and language development. The money amounts and phrases are cut into slips.

How much?

Submitted by Marion Martin on Wed, 2016-07-27 20:10

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A worksheet suitable for those who have difficulty relating number amounts to the value of items. A hamburger £5 – a jacket £50. Exercises: write in the correct prices, match the word to the number, answer which is cheaper / more expensive. Includes answer key.

Editor’s note
This resources is available in UK pounds or Australian dollars. Ideal for E1-2 Functional Maths.

Conversation Skills for Hair & Beauty students

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Wed, 2016-07-27 13:11

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation

Aimed at Hairdressing students working towards Functional English at E3 and L1, this helps with the S&L section in a vocational context.

Typical Seaside Holiday - entry maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2016-07-13 20:49

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Based on an infographic from the I Newspaper at https://twitter.com/iNewsGraphics/status/752825714920095744
this makes an ideal starter activity and discussion prompt with the infographic displayed on a large screen.
Can also be used as a traditional paper based worksheet, aimed at E1-E3 Functional Maths learners – questions cover graphs & charts, number, shapes and position.

Dogs saving penguins

Submitted by Marion Martin on Fri, 2016-07-08 14:20

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

Free tags: Australia

Context: Animal care & Equine

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Crossword, Reading comprehension, Wordsearch

A reading based on a news item. Includes comprehension questions, wordsearch puzzle, crossword, putting words in order to make sentences.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E2-E3 but some parts are suitable for E1 (with support). With Functional Skills mapping.

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

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

I have created this lesson to try and cover the main criteria laid out by C&G for the Speaking and Listening English Functional Skills, Level 2 internally set assessment (activity 2 – presentation).

I trialled it with my learners as a ‘practise’ presentation before their final assessment.

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