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Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

This maths investigation brings awareness about reusable energy and therefore, sustainability. Students are asked to analyse data and make decisions through connecting a few different topics of mathematics such as large numbers, rational numbers (including ratio and scale), handling data and elements of geometry. Moreover, the project can be continued by English language tutors.

999 Real emergencies

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 16:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E1.1, Rt/E2.1

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1b, ESOL Rt/E2.1a

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Cut and stick, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2

Photos and pictures to match with accounts of real emergency situations. All in the present tense. All the accounts are true. Accounts can be cut in to strips and given to pairs of learners who can put them in to a sequence to tell a story.

Adjectives in order (review and practice)

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 16:47

Pre-entry: Speaking & Listening

ESOL: ESOL Sc/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.4d, ESOL Sc/E2.3f, ESOL Ws/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E2.2a

Context: Independent living

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

Level: E1, E2

Used with an Entry Level 1 ESOL group.
1) Bring in some real objects such as a long red wool scarf, a green plastic bag, a small silver mobile phone. Discuss the word order used to describe them. Learners can describe their own bags, phones, and clothes as necessary and write some examples on the table.
2) Put the adjectives in order in the example sentences and check as a group.
3) Role play.

BetterWorld Books

Submitted by Helen Connell on Tue, 2013-09-10 16:17

Numeracy: Number, Functional Maths - number

Free tags: starter

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

This is a worksheet based on data supplied by a librarian. The library had been collecting second hand books from people and sent them to BetterWorld Books. The librarian told me that 688 books had been sent and then provided the information of what would be saved, earned or donated if there were 1000 books sent. The worksheet asks the students to work out the quantities for all the books that had been sent.

The horror film vocabulary game

Submitted by Karen Duncan on Wed, 2013-04-10 20:25

Literacy: General literacy / English, Recognise and understand a range of words, Use knowledge of grammar

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

This is a great session starter. Students will work on their sentence construction and vocabulary with a card game that allows them to experiment with word order and effective word choice. Students have to put the words into a sensible order, even if the subject of their film is far from sensible.

In this game, students compete to make the scariest film title, or to sabotage other people’s film titles. It is a light hearted and fun game. The film titles created can also become writing prompts.

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3

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

This was produced as practice assessment material for a group of learners working towards E3 Functional English (with City & Guilds). They were struggling with producing the writing in the time allowed so we practised several short, sharp topics. Planning methods were tackled separately.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to the E2-L1 Functional English writing criteria.

Leaving gift Functional English writing tasks

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Sun, 2013-04-07 19:30

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3

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

A writing activity that requires learners to write 2 emails suitable for the workplace. Tasks are loosely based on the type of writing tasks required for City & Guilds Functional English at E3. Also involves searching for a suitable gift (Argos book or web site).

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to the E2-L1 Functional English writing criteria.

Come Dine with Me

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Sun, 2013-04-07 18:54

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3

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!

Cash machine Functional English tasks

Submitted by Sue Cawdron on Thu, 2013-04-04 22:49

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Business & Money management, Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

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

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises.

Holocaust Memorial Day - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Kate Buckell on Sun, 2013-03-24 15:23

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: History

Level: E1, E2

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

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