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Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2d, ESOL Rt/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.4e, ESOL Sd/E3.1d, ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Ice breaker, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3


4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what-…

The starter is a true / false questionnaire, to elicit prior knowledge and to prompt discussion on age limits, and how the UK consists of four countries with differing laws.

Money in, money out

Submitted by Deborah Proudfoot on Mon, 2017-05-08 13:25

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

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This a functional resource. This resource uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and rounding numbers.
Sam and Tom have weekly incomes from various sources and lots of expenditure!
Subtraction is needed to find out how much money they have left, and multiplication is used to work out money needed for lunches for each day. Each section ends with a rounding task showing items the students have saved for.

Making and dealing with complaints

Submitted by Hawa Lunat on Sun, 2017-05-07 15:13

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Lr/E3.2b, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E2.3d, ESOL Sc/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E3.4d

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

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

Level: E2, E3

This resource has a range of activities to help students learn useful expressions/ language to make a complaint.
It is useful in building confidence in making complaints in person and on the telephone.

Editor’s note
Includes sample dialogue with questions (can also be used as a reading comprehension), matching cards, sammple scenarios, curriculum mapping and teaching notes.

General Election 2017 Reading and Video task

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Sat, 2017-05-06 15:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Number patterns & sequences for Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2017-04-17 16:21

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/E1.8, N1/E2.1, N1/E2.2, N1/E3.1

Context: Gardening & Horticulture, Leisure Travel Tourism, Retail Hospitality Customer service, Sport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

Although many learners find patterns and sequences (including odd & even numbers) straightforward, there is a sizeable proportion that really struggle – particularly those with dyslexia and/or dyscalculia.

This resource grew from my frustration at the lack of practice material available for this topic at Entry Levels 2 and 3 in my one to one support sessions.

Red Nose Day 2017 Functional English reading

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Fri, 2017-03-31 08:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on information taken from the Red Nose Day website.
Created for a group of mixed ability E2-L1 students.

March quiz with embedded maths, English and E&D

Submitted by Laura Bell on Mon, 2017-03-06 23:52

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Spring, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Quiz

A starter or ice breaker featuring random facts about March. Includes some embedded maths and E&D

Editor’s note
With answers and embedding /extension ideas for all levels.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Health and safety, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A work book style resource to support the development of Functional Skills English for Construction students (also specific activities for Painting & Decorating and Plastering students).
Editor’s note
Includes reading comprehension, planning leaflets, summarising key points, and report writing. With curriculum mapping (and very useful writing frames for lower level students).

Solar panels L2 Functional Maths questions

Submitted by Hannah Yates on Mon, 2017-03-06 17:16

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS2/L2.2, MSS2/L2.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Employment skills & Public services, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

5 questions, increasing in difficulty, to get learners to work out how many solar panels can fit on different size roofs. Involves metric conversions between mm, cm and m. Learners have to work with the panels being placed in 2 different orientations to work out the maximum number of panels that can fit.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS2/L2.2, MSS2/L2.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Four challenging Functional Skills maths questions to encourage learners to use diagrams to cut shapes out of different materials. The questions are based on past Edexcel Functional skills exam questions that learners find difficult. Also involves metric conversions.

Editor’s note
Includes answer sheet and curriculum mapping. Excellent coverage of a topic that almost all learners find tricky.

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