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The Leicester City Story

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-05-05 10:22

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Engage in Discussion

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level 2 reading comprehension and writing activities based on three different texts (article, blog and cartoon).

  • Pack 1 – reading comprehension, Text B (blog post) and a discussion idea.
  • Pack 2 – reading comprehension, Text C (news article) and a writing idea. You need Text A (available separately – see below)

Note that Text A (which is carton based) can also be cut up and used as a sequencing activity for lower levels – not as easy as it looks!

Cadbury Easter Eggs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-03-22 00:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L1, L2

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

A reading comprehension and writing activity based on a Cadbury’s Easter Brand Fact Sheet. Ideal for Level 1 Functional English.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped with answer sheet and S&L idea.

Mothering Sunday

Submitted by Mary McMellon on Thu, 2016-03-10 12:36

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

Free tags: Mothers Day

Context: History

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading from a BBC site with questions based on the Edexcel L1 Functional Skills reading paper and a writing task. The topic is ‘Mothering Sunday’. It describes the history and gives information about traditional food.

Editor’s note
Very comprehensive. All aspects of L1 reading are covered – not just “reading for detail”.

Health related role play and conversation

Submitted by Adele Harris on Wed, 2016-03-09 00:58

Literacy: Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Independent living

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

Level: E1, E2

I have been covering how to make an appointment with the GP and taking part in a role play with the GP with my ESOL group, so I have prepared these materials.

My courses are not accredited, so I don’t know how this fits into the ESOL SFL criteria and my classes are, inevitably, a mix of Pre-Entry and E1 learners. Hope it might be useful.

Editors note
Ideal for E1-2 ESOL and also some adult literacy learners.

Asking where something is in a supermarket

Submitted by Sian Evans on Fri, 2016-03-04 01:00

Literacy: SLc/E1.3, SLc/E1.4, SLlr/E1.6

Pre-entry: SLlr/M8.1, SLlr/M8.2, SLc/M8.2, SLc/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E1.2b, ESOL Lr/E1.4b, ESOL Sc/E1.3a, ESOL Sc/E1.3b, ESOL Sc/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.4b

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Independent living, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: M8, E1

A speaking and listening activity designed to practise asking where food items are in a supermarket. Also involves practise with the numbers 1 to 8.
The sheet is repeated five times – with food items in different positions (numbered supermarket aisles) on each sheet.

Linked to Cambridge Pre-entry ESOL Activities 7a Excuse me …

Trolls face prosecution - L1 Functional English

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-03-03 22:48

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

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

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

A Level 1 Reading, Speaking and Listening and Writing resource pack based on topical issues around social media.

Editor’s notes
With answers and curriculum mapping. Ideal for all ages, but especially 16-19 year olds.
9/3/16: Minor edit, missing quotation mark in title fixed on page 1.

Picture - word match (food)

Submitted by Jacqui Garrett on Tue, 2016-03-01 20:42

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Ww/M8.1, Rw/M8.1

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

Write or match the correct word under each picture.
Milk, bread, oil, tea, eggs, potatoes, bananas, and biscuits.

The Worst Video Game in History?

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-02-23 16:05

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

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L1, L2

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

A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.

Editor’s note
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.

Sugar levels in food E3-L2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2016-02-21 17:02

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Based on three recent articles about sugar in food and drinks – with a special focus on high sugar drinks sold by popular High Street coffee shops.

The articles are followed by six pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the articles. Topics include large numbers; fraction, decimal & percentage equivalents, averages & range, extracting information from tables, and the four operations.

Also includes embedded Functional English.

Shocking sugar levels in High Street hot drinks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-02-19 00:15

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame

Level: E3, L1, L2

Topical resource based on a news story. Reading comprehension at 2 levels (E3 and L1/L2) plus two writing extension activities with writing frames. Some embedded maths (including a chart in the L1/L2 exercise) and the opportunity to discuss healthy eating. The higher level comprehension aims to get learners to understand in depth what they are reading, rather than just answer the questions from the text.

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