Contextual Resources

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Muhammad Ali reading comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Wed, 2016-06-08 21:09

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3

Context: Sport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A Level 1 reading comprehension based on the late Muhammad Ali adapted from Biography.com.
Covers skimming and scanning, writing full sentences and searching for facts.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping and answers

The importance of applying sunscreen

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-08 13:16

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A reading comprehension based on two texts about the importance of applying sunscreen and a very brief outline of research (2011) into the increased risk of skin cancer for some people working in the construction industry.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet, Functional English mapping, and a related writing activity. Suitable for L1-2.

Learning to Drive - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-01 20:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1, L2

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


A set of three different texts and reading comprehension activities based on the theme of learning to drive, aimed at Level 1 learners who may be working towards Level 2. Plus two related writing activities.
Editor’s note
Includes full curriculum mapping and answers.

Dialogue prompts for Entry ESOL role play (Set 2)

Submitted by Jenny Cole on Sun, 2016-05-22 18:30

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Listen and respond

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

11 page document with 8 sets of very useful scripts and prompts.
Includes:

  • Asking for personal information
  • Phoning about a job
  • Cancelling and changing appointments
  • On the bus
  • Shopping (includes post office, butchers, etc.)
  • At the bank
  • Reporting an absence
  • Calling for an application form

Profit or loss? Follow me cards

Submitted by Judith White on Thu, 2016-05-19 09:20

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L2.1

Context: Business & Money management

Level: L2

Resource type: Game

Very useful set of follow me cards for checking learners’ knowledge of adding and subtracting negative numbers. With instructions.

In credit or overdrawn? Follow me cards.

Submitted by Judith White on Wed, 2016-05-18 19:36

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.2, N1/L2.1

Context: Business & Money management

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Game

Very useful set of follow me cards based on everyday scenarios such as car repair bills, lottery wins, and finding money down the back of the sofa! With instructions.

Council services

Submitted by Liz Santry on Tue, 2016-05-17 18:16

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

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

Context: Independent living, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1

A straightforward word matching/writing resource for Entry 1 ESOL.

Editor’s note
Also ideal for prompting discussion about local council services.

Littergram renamed? L1-2 Functional English pack

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Sun, 2016-05-15 15:09

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

ICT: Finding and selecting information

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

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

Level: L1, L2

This is a literacy resource based around a recent news story. There are a range of tasks relating to an anti-litter app called ‘littergram’ and legal challenges made to the use of its name, with the potential to extend tasks into other aspects of littering and how the litter problem might be resolved. A final extension task asks students to take their own photographs of local examples of litter as supporting evidence for a writing activity.

Food collocations

Submitted by Sian Evans on Sun, 2016-05-08 19:30

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Reading

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

Free tags: collocations, food, worksheet

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

Worksheet designed to revise / practise collocations of food.

The Leicester City Story

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-05-05 09:22

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!

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