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Features of persuasive texts

Submitted by Sarah Penneck on Thu, 2018-01-25 22:10

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4

ESOL: ESOL Rt/L1.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Cut and stick, Reading comprehension

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Students first use Laura’s drag and drop activity on the computer (this covers both persuasive and instructive texts).
I then gave them the features of persuasive texts (see page 1 of resource) which they cut up and stick on the text on page 2 (or they could simply annotate the text using colo

John's Crazy Socks

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2018-01-21 18:32

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Follow and understand, Plan, compose and draft, Identify main points and detail, Rw/L1.2, Use reading strategies, Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: disability rights, Down's Syndrome, Equality and Diversity, inclusion

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

Level: E2, E3, L1

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

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

In the activity, there are six tasks – prediction, vocabulary, comprehension (reading for gist and detail), gap filling (missing headlines), discussion and writing (a social media comment).

Word Wheel Template (editable)

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Mon, 2018-01-08 21:56

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Recognise and understand a range of words, Apply strategies to spell correctly

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Stretch & Challenge

Resource type: Cut and stick, Hands-on / practical activity, Resource generator, Teaching idea, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

This is a basic editable word wheel which you can print, cut out and attach together with a brass paper fastener.
Learners can concentrate on one word at a time. Word wheels can be used for building vocabulary, spelling practice and much more. Suitable for all levels of Functional Skills and ESOL.
Instructions and ideas are included within the PPT.

Greetings and feelings - ESOL worksheet

Submitted by Ann-Marie Okeke on Sat, 2018-01-06 07:51

Literacy: Rw/E1.1, SLc/E1.3

Pre-entry: Speaking & Listening, SLc/M8.3, Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E1.5a, ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Sc/E1.3a, ESOL Sd/E1.1c

Context: Independent living

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

Level: M8, E1

A worksheet which aims at getting pre-entry /E1 ESOL learners to practice different responses to greetings; both positive and negative responses. It also includes a picture matching task which helps learners to understand feelings and moods.

Editor’s note
Also suitable for pre-Entry literacy.

Sentences using homographs

Submitted by Elizabeth Henderson on Wed, 2017-12-06 18:56

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.5, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Identify main points and detail, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Free tags: Brexit, conjunction, contrast, EU, government, leisure, public funding, sport

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L1, L2

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

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Learners start by discussing issues around sports funding, before reading Text A, which is adapted from an article published in 2016, following the Brexit vote. There are five comprehension questions.

No Way Jose

Submitted by Will Dixon on Tue, 2017-09-26 16:40

ESOL: General ESOL

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

Level: E1

This is a set of work about personal information. Includes matching exercise, organising and writing sentences, and questioning – all loosely based on a simple text.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: biography

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech.

Volunteer Job Advert - reading & writing tasks

Submitted by Jane Stringer on Tue, 2017-06-13 16:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

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

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2d, ESOL Rt/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.4e, ESOL Sd/E3.1d, ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Ice breaker, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3


4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what-…

The starter is a true / false questionnaire, to elicit prior knowledge and to prompt discussion on age limits, and how the UK consists of four countries with differing laws.

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