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Celebrating Diwali

Submitted by Louise Swain on Tue, 2009-09-15 17:25

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Diwali

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: L1

Celebrating Diwali cleverly combines details about the Hindu festival with information on the common homophones: there – their – they’re.

Dolch words board game

Submitted by Annie Hammersley on Tue, 2009-09-15 17:25

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

General: Dyslexia support

Level: E1

Resource type: Game

An E1 kinaesthetic resource for 2-4 players – also ideal for dyslexic learners at higher levels.

Questioning for understanding

Submitted by Jeff Moran on Tue, 2009-09-15 17:25

Literacy: SLc/E1.3, SLc/E2.2, SLc/E3.4, SLc/L1.2, SLc/L2.2, Poetry

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Listening and/or speaking activity

Questioning for understanding is a really useful help sheet that encourages learners to ask relevant questions (any topic, any level). Based on Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” with teaching ideas and useful links.

For a related resource using the same idea to investigate and write newspaper reports please see Ellie Walsh’s Looking at Newspapers (below).

Memory tips for ordering months of the year

Submitted by Nancy Burn on Mon, 2009-09-14 17:25

Numeracy: MSS1/E2.3

Literacy: Ww/E2.1, Rw/E2.1

General: Dyslexia support

Resource type: Handout or guide, Sort or match cards

Level: E2

Memory tips for ordering months of the year was written for a dyslexic student but is also very useful for Entry 2 measures, reading and spelling (and dyslexic students at any level).

A-Z wallet sized cards

Submitted by Dawn Jones on Sat, 2009-09-12 17:25

Literacy: Rw/E1.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.3a

General: Dyslexia support

Resource type: Reference card

Level: E1

Handy reference for Entry Level ESOL and Literacy learners. Helps with Alphabetical order, upper / lower case and vowels / consonants.

Help sheet for teaching L1-2 Functional Maths

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2009-09-09 17:25

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: L1, L2

Summarises some of key points and is aimed at those who are switching from teaching Skills for Life adult numeracy to Functional Maths (FM).
The importance of the process skills is discussed (and how these should be considered when using any L1 or L2 skillsworkshop numeracy resource for teaching FM – particularly those of an investigative or problem-solving nature).
Also includes handy one page overviews of all the L1 and L2 FM pilot standards (performance skills, and coverage and range statements).

Fairtrade business project

Submitted by Helen Connell on Tue, 2009-08-18 17:25

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Data Handling

ICT: Functional ICT, Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Business & Money management

Resource type: Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

Investigate the possibility of a college stocking fairly traded products in its canteen. Covers many reading, writing, ICT, numeracy, speaking and listening skills inc. data handling, report writing, creating charts and questionnaires, giving a presentation, etc. Ideal for embedding all three functional skills (or literacy, numeracy and ICT) especially for business students.

Day at the zoo

Submitted by John Thompson A on Fri, 2009-06-19 17:25

Literacy: General literacy / English

Numeracy: MSS1/E3.1

ICT: Entry 3 ICT

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Investigation or project

Level: E3, L1

A web research project that covers money and general reading / research / writing skills. You must plan a trip for 15 pre-school children.

Is it were or we're?

Submitted by Sheila Williams on Wed, 2009-05-27 17:25

Literacy: Apostrophes, Ww/E2.1, Rs/L1.2, Rw/E2.1

General: Dyslexia support

Level: E2, L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Written for students who confuse these two words in their writing. Suitable for E2 or dyslexia support at any level. Also useful for introducing the omissive apostrophe. Includes info, examples and tips followed by practice exercises and self evaluation.

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Informative presentation, Revision material

A a wonderful way to get across the importance of reading questions carefully. Cleverly combines 6 typical, misunderstood L1/2 multiple choice questions with related optical illusions. Makes a great introduction to a revision session.

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