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Red Nose Day comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Sun, 2015-03-08 17:35

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Comprehension based on a Red Nose Day order form for schools. Two comprehensions – one L1/L2, one E3. Also some embedded maths and the E3 version includes form filling.

I recommend introducing the form with a discussion about features of text and layout.
The PDF form is available below and also online at:https://shop.rednoseday.com/sites/default/files/docs/rnd15_schools_orderform.pdf

Drink driving - write a speech

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 22:29

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Wt/L2.1a

Context: Health and safety, Health, Social care, Early years, Motor vehicles & Transport

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

Level: L2

One of the Level 2 Functional English Writing exam papers asked students to write a speech.

I found a speech online and showed them how to use repeated words, emphasis, subheadings and to think about their audience. I then used the Drink Aware website to create this resource to enable students to practise speech writing.

Calculating with Time

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 17:17

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L2.2

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

I wanted to create a resource to enable my students to practise calculating with time.

Most of the students work in Wiltshire, but live in Yorkshire, so I thought it would be fun if they explored different travel methods to Yorkshire to see which was the fastest. The travel distances and times were from the Internet and I created this resource differentiated for Levels 1 and 2.

Editor’s note
Clever differentiation.

Cyclones in Australia

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sat, 2015-02-21 05:57

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Ww/E1.2

Free tags: Australia, weather

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: M8, E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A simplified reading about cyclones with reference to the two cyclones in Australia in February 2015 followed by some exercises. The exercises are at different levels to meet the very different abilities of students in my class.

Editor’s note
Lovely selection of reading materials and exercises – includes fill-in tables, questions, word searches (two levels), and a blank map to add cyclone paths. E1-E3.

Update (28/2/15)
Small error in wind speed chart now corrected.

Ratios for army soldiers

Submitted by Lulu Spink on Tue, 2015-01-20 10:18

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.7, N1/L2.3

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

This is a PowerPoint slide show on ratios (with answers) to use with Army soldiers. The subject matter is Adventurous Training and Mountain Leader Trainers (MLTs). Most of the presentation deals with the instructor/novice ratio. The final slide is about ammunition.

New Year's Eve - E2 Functional English test

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 11:59

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

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: New Year

Context: History

Level: E2

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

A simplified and adapted version of Carrie Bray’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Functional English practice test (which is aimed at E3). This version is aimed at E2 and includes: reading comprehension questions based on New Year superstitions, a cloze exercise, form filling, writing task, and speakign & listening actvities. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also and select New Year’s Eve E3 English tasks.

New Year 2015 comprehension v2 (E2-E3)

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 11:43

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

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified and adapted version of Laura Bell’s New Year Resource (which is aimed at E3-L2).
This version is aimed at E2-E3 and is a reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also.

New Year 2015 comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2015-01-01 21:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

Social Ups and Downs (game)

Submitted by Andrea Slade on Mon, 2014-12-08 21:25

Pre-entry: N1/M8.1, SLlr/M8.3

Literacy: SLlr/E1.3

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/E1.1

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: M8, E1

A counting game along similar lines to Snakes and Ladders. Learners will learn turn-taking, following instruction & basic counting skills. In addition, they will pick up social and communication skills along the way.

(Print onto A3 – a dice and counters needed)

Editor’s note
A PPT version is also included to enable the game to be played on a smartboard.

Blood Swept Lands L1-2 Functional Maths tasks

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2014-11-07 01:18

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

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A challenging set of questions based on a short text about the stunning Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.
Questions cover number measures, time, money, area – many calculations involve working with very large numbers.

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