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Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Fri, 2013-12-20 10:11

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

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Employment skills & Public services

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E3-L2 Functional English, this substantial work pack includes detailed teaching notes and curriculum mapping information. A useful writing frame is included for E3 learners.

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Free tags: discussion in maths

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1, L2

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

The main resource has four pages. Three of the pages contain a chart and a brief to a group of students to discuss and write some sentences saying what the chart tells them. The twist is that each group of 3 students has a different chart drawn from the same data as the groups next to them. The fourth page has the table from which the charts were drawn.

The charts used are: dual/clustered bar chart comparing types of drink sold on two days.

Bank Statement: mind the gaps.

Submitted by Laura Addamiano on Fri, 2013-10-18 11:21

Numeracy: Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, HD1/L2.1, N2/L2.6

Context: Business & Money management

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

I have created this worksheet to assess learners in operating with decimals and reading and extracting data from a table.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping and answer sheet.

Song: Knock on Wood

Submitted by M Reagan on Tue, 2013-10-15 09:45

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity

Uses the call-and-response song “Knock on Wood” from “Casablanca” to discuss superstitions (touch wood), opposites, emotions, and contracted words.

Two pages, the first of which has the vocabulary and song lyrics printed out for students, the second is the teacher’s lesson plan. Teachers will either need a “Casablanca” DVD or access the song clip from YouTube.

Babies at the Hospital - Functional Maths

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Mon, 2013-10-14 17:42

Numeracy: Functional Maths

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Entry level Functional Skills Maths (with some English too!). A multi skill resource on the theme of a maternity ward.
Ideal for Health & Social Care or Childcare students.
Editor’s note
Two versions available: E1-E2 and E2-E3.
With detailed Functional Maths mapping and teaching tips

The Melbourne Cup

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2013-10-10 20:03

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

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E2.1b, ESOL Rt/E3.1a

Free tags: Australia

Context: Animal care & Equine, Leisure Travel Tourism, Sport

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A short description of the famous Australian horse race followed by comprehension questions. Includes suggested answers.

Stoptober maths - the cost of smoking

Submitted by Rachel Pearson on Thu, 2013-10-10 17:20

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/L1.9, N1/L2.6, N2/L1.11, N2/L2.10

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment

I have created this to enable learners to estimate and calculate and to emphasis the (financial) costs of smoking.
Editor’s note
With Functional maths mapping.

Purpose of text - Club sandwich instructions

Submitted by Kereen Smith on Wed, 2013-10-09 14:37

Literacy: Ws/L1.2, Wt/E2.1, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.3, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.2, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L1.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Club sandwich instructionsClub sandwich instructionsThis is a simple activity to get learners used to the concept of writing instructive text. It can be used as an introduction to the topic of ‘Purpose of Text’ and is easily adaptable to different contextualised areas e.g.

Converting metric measures of length info sheet

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Thu, 2013-10-03 15:29

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E2.5, MSS1/E3.5, MSS1/L1.6, MSS1/L1.7, MSS1/L2.5

Free tags: convert, measure, metric, Metric units

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Poster, Reference card

My L1 learners were really struggling to remember what to do to convert units of measurement and were getting very confused at the initial stage, so I made this resource and laminated it so that it was available for them to look at if they couldn’t remember. Could also be made into a poster.

A resource I created to support my students getting used to what they needed to divide or multiply by to convert between units. Can easily be laminated for repeated use, or increased in size and turned in to a poster.

Coded construction maths

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Thu, 2013-10-03 11:06

Numeracy: N1/E2.3, N1/E3.2, Functional Maths - number, N1/E2.10, N1/E3.4, N1/E3.10

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Addition and subtraction task I use in induction sessions with Entry level construction students.
Students need to use the code to work out the ‘value’ of each word. They can then use the answers for the second page.
Normally I give out the first page and use the second as an extension task.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

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