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Passport costs around the world

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Fri, 2013-02-01 15:57

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Engage in Discussion

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points

A list of passport prices (converted into £ January 2012) and a set of associated questions.
Useful in Functional English as a discussion or research prompt, especially just before the summer holiday season.

L1 Crimewatch Functional English lesson

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Fri, 2013-02-01 14:15

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Crimewatch

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A collection of resources based around the BBC programme CrimeWatch.
Designed with L1 Functional English students in mind, the lesson can lead in to further discussion about crime, security, safety etc.

Editor’s note
The PPT also acts as a lesson outline which covers the following learning objectives.

  • Identify information from a video source.
    Identify information in text format.
    Summarise text in own words.
    Create a headline and newspaper article.
    Use adjectives to describe appearance (extension).

Cars tally slideshow

Submitted by Matthew Tiller on Thu, 2013-01-24 13:07

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/E1.2, N1/E1.1, HD1/E2.4, HD1/E2.5, HD1/E3.3

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Investigation or project, Warm-up

The classic example of a tally is keeping track of how many cars of each colour go past in the street, but that is rather awkward to do in practice.

Use this presentation to save having to leave the comfort of the classroom! It is a PowerPoint slideshow of cars of various colours, to be projected onto the board. Tell learners to keep a tally of how many cars of each colour appear. Where a car has more than one colour, they should put it under the predominant colour.

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

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

I wrote this E3 writing task to supplement the E1/2 excellent worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Plan, draft and proof read an email invitation to a friend.

Functional maths garden project

Submitted by Tina Smith on Tue, 2012-10-23 21:35

Numeracy: Functional Maths, MSS1/L1.8, HD1/E3.1, HD1/L1.1, MSS2/L1.1, HD1/L2.1, MSS2/L1.2, MSS2/L2.1, MSS2/L2.2

Context: Gardening & Horticulture

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Covers geometric drawings, area, perimeter, money, metric measures, tallies, line graphs and much more.
Fully mapped to the Functional Maths criteria and process skills. With answer sheet.

Editor’s note
Wonderful open ended project. Ideal for E3-L2 mixed ability groups.

Tax calculations 2012-2013

Submitted by Stella Jales on Mon, 2012-10-22 13:37

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number, N2/L2.8, MSS1/L2.1, N2/L2.9

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

An updated version of Gordon Noblett’s 2011 resource (see below). This version includes the correct tax allowances and information for 2012-13. It also includes an answer sheet. The original description is repeated below.

_Challenging and very functional worksheets where learner must complete the missing information and calculate the take-home pay etc. for various UK tax payers.

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.

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