Contextual Resources

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Victoria Beckham in Amercia

Submitted by Jan Long on Fri, 2012-09-28 18:12

Literacy: General literacy / English

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Revision material

Written for students to practise their skills just before the old-style multiple choice literacy exams – but it can be used to check many Functional English reading and writing skills at any time.

Conversation skills with Tennant and Tate!

Submitted by Jan Long on Thu, 2012-09-27 13:13

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

Free tags: Humour

Context: Education, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points

Based on an hilarious Comics Relief YouTube clip. A great way to get students to look at conversations in speaking and listening or to look at humour, irony and sarcasm.

You can vary the questions or just use them as a discussion prompt. I have found it works well with lower level learners and with higher ones as well. Even students who don’t like the shows or the people will have some comments

Giving fitness and lifestyle advice

Submitted by Tom Morris on Wed, 2012-09-26 20:44

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Sport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Nationalities word search

Submitted by Jo Bowler on Mon, 2012-09-24 12:47

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: nationalities, nationality

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Wordsearch

This simple wordsearch is ideal for ESOL beginners and E1-2 Literacy. Nationalities included are Polish, Bangladeshi, Italian, Japanese, South African, Chinese, British, Egyptian and Irish. The chosen nationalities give examples of the most common suffixes -ish, -i, -ian, -n and -ese.

Beer, Barrels and Casks L2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Alexander Ross on Mon, 2012-09-24 11:54

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

Context: Business & Money management, Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A functional skills activity based on production at microbrewery. Mostly covers measures and percentages. Includes a challenging extension section on calculating excise duty.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to L1-2 Functional maths. Sorry have no time to create an answer sheet – volunteers welcome!
If your learners are E3-L1 try the equally good “Out for a drink” by the same author.

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

This resource has been designed using ideas in the popular Celebrity BMI resource (From Janet Wilkins – see below) already available on Skillsworkshop but adapted to suit the needs of Entry/ Level 1 learners.

I have approached the activity as a practical introduction to measurement, rather than an introduction to formulas. The questions and activities are meant to cover using a calculator, measuring height, weight and reading decimals and I usually use it after working on the four rules and currency.

Data Collection and Averages - functional tasks

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Tue, 2012-09-18 20:18

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.3, HD1/L1.4, HD1/L2.3, HD1/E3.1, HD1/L2.4

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment

A set of differentiated tasks for construction students. I used the E3-L1 task with my Entry to L1 group and then the more challenging task with my L1-L2 students.

The use of measure is aways useful for my students as it is something they need to practise constantly given their vocational areas. The lesson was enjoyed by all, especially the hands-on measuring task prompted lots of fun and discussion.

How many Mo Farahs are there? 1-10

Submitted by Fiona Campbell on Wed, 2012-09-12 16:41

Literacy: Ww/E1.1

Pre-entry: N1/M8.1

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Level: M8, E1

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Topical PPT adapted from Chris Farrell’s How many smileys 1-20 (see below).
use as a starter in pre-Entry/ E1 ESOL, Maths or literacy groups.

Clicking reveals the number (as a digit) and a further click reveals the number spelt out as a word. Good used with small individual whiteboards.

Young drivers - reading, discussion and writing

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 20:45

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An original resource to generate discussion, practise reading comprehension and writing skills (formal letter). Ideal for Functional Skills Motor Vehicle students. Aimed at L1-2 although the discussion is also suitable for Entry Level.

Writing cards

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 20:45

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

A set of cards including birthday, get well, good luck and new baby aimed at E1/ E2 learners. Print them off and fold in half as practise for writing short messages. It may help to elicit suitable phrases from students and discuss suitable layout for their text inside the card.

I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.

Ideal for Entry Functional English writing.

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