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Help for Heroes - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Mon, 2016-06-20 18:17

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Ws/E2.1

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Reading, writing and discussion tasks based on an email about a charity event. Discuss the email with a friend, design a poster, complete compound sentences, and answer a wide range of reading questions. Its wide appeal makes it ideal for mixed ability Entry groups.
With detailed E1-E2 Functional English curriculum mapping.

Writing an email - I saw a car for sale

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Sat, 2016-06-18 17:12

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

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

Your brother is looking for a new car. You notice a suitable car advertised in your local supermarket so you email your brother and tell him about the car.
Entry 2 Functional Skills practice writing exam – with suggested differentiation for E1 and E3.
Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping

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

Context: Animal care & Equine

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Three sets of differentiated reading questions (E1, E2, E3) based on a poster about a shire horse centre / farm.
Covers all aspects of Entry Level functional skills reading. The writing task asks learners to plan and create an advertising poster for an attraction of their choice.
Editor’s note
With full curriculum mapping

Entry Functional English listening tasks x 2

Submitted by Hazel Hughes on Thu, 2016-06-16 20:39

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLlr/E1.1, SLlr/E1.2, SLlr/E1.3, SLlr/E2.2, SLlr/E2.3

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

Set of listening actvities ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry 1 and 2 Functional English learners.
Based on two everyday listening events

  • A radio advertisement for a local estate agent
  • An airport tannoy announcement
    Each provides practice listening for gist and detail in short explanations & instructions.

Proof reading for Early Years students

Submitted by Linda M Hoole on Wed, 2016-06-15 10:15

Literacy: Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Here is a resource I have successfully embedded into our early years training. It is a bit over the top with errors but even more able students enjoy doing it.

Editor’s note
Could be used by anyone – not just Early Years!
With answer key and Functional Skills mapping

Lisa's Diary - past & future tenses

Submitted by Marion Martin on Tue, 2016-06-14 20:57

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2, E3

Using a diary and a timeline to consolidate the use of past and future tense.
Answering and forming questions. What did she do yesterday? She went…
What is she going to do tomorrow?

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A short set of questions based on a pictorial map of The Mall and surrounding area for the Patron’s Lunch event held on June 12 2016.

Ramadan Functional English tasks

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2016-06-09 21:35

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Form filling

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1

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

A text based around Ramadan to practise E3 -L1 English reading in detail / skimming & scanning for information.
There is also a related form filling exercise (E2-E3), dictionary work, and a discussion prompt (all levels)

The letter-writing task focuses on charity, so it could also tie in to employability qualifications if you are teaching community project modules or similar.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

Muhammad Ali reading comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Wed, 2016-06-08 22:09

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3

Context: Sport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A Level 1 reading comprehension based on the late Muhammad Ali adapted from Biography.com.
Covers skimming and scanning, writing full sentences and searching for facts.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping and answers

The importance of applying sunscreen

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-08 14:16

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A reading comprehension based on two texts about the importance of applying sunscreen and a very brief outline of research (2011) into the increased risk of skin cancer for some people working in the construction industry.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet, Functional English mapping, and a related writing activity. Suitable for L1-2.

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