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Letter layout

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Tue, 2012-10-02 22:10

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Cut and stick, Hands-on / practical activity

Level: L1, L2

A recap exercise where Functional English learners match the correct aspects of formal letter writing together and lay them out in letter format.

This could be printed out and laminated but I usually give my students a printout of the first pages and they cut out the text boxes and arrange them appropriately.

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - number

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Business & Money management

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2, E3

Great set of three differentiated Functional Maths task sheets for E1, E2 and E3. Originally written for ESOL Numeracy groups but suitable for all Entry Maths learners. The picture shows part of the E3 version.

All tasks are based on office equipment (pencils, hole punches, staplers, etc.). The focus is on number skills (counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, rounding, simple fractions) but there is also a sprinkling of data handling and measure/money skills.

Types of fire extinguisher - wordgames

Submitted by Phil Bird on Sun, 2012-09-30 17:09

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Health and safety

Resource type: Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

Here are a set of worksheets for use with learners based around fire safety. The vocabulary included are types of fire extinguisher and types of fire. The first sheet is a wordsearch, the second features anagrams, and the third sheet is a blank learning check to see how much learners remember.

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.

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