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Top Tips for L1-2 Functional Skills English tests

Submitted by Rachel Wilks on Fri, 2014-10-17 09:45

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Revision material

Top Tips for English tests is a handout that can be given out to learners.

Literacy: Functional English - writing

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

More and more vocational teachers are being asked to prepare learners for Functional Skills exams.

This resource is designed to give advice on format, style and layout; appropriate content and paragraphing which would accompany any awarding organizations exam. My college used Edexcel . Can be used for Level 1 and Level 2.

Editor’s note
This resource is ideal for all but will be especially helpful to non-specialist English teachers. Incredibly useful!

Job adverts

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:40

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E3.4

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Gardening & Horticulture, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Reported vs Direct speech

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:34

Literacy: Apply punctuation and capitalisation, SLc/L1.2, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

A handout and exercise sheets for using direct and reported speech. Gives several example of each and the exercises work by switching the same message between direct and reported speech.

I have used this as a speaking/listing exercise as well as writing for grammar/punctuation. Target group is really L1 /L2 but can work well with high E3 too.

Railway Safety discussion prompts

Submitted by Meera Popat on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:09

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLd/E2.2, SLd/E3.2, SLd/L1.1

Context: Health and safety

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation

A railway safety PowerPoint to be used as a discussion on why we need to stay safe around railway lines. Can be used as a speaking and listening tool to form discussion points or as a reading comprehension.

Types of Text PPT

Submitted by Samantha Dowd on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:06

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.2

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: L1

A power point attached that covers the 4 main types of text. Includes objectives and group activities.

Aimed at Level 1 and ideal for Functional English.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

I attach handouts for one of my recent sessions. It’s fairly self explanatory and tests learners’ comprehension skills. Also covers scanning for info and correcting punctuation errors. Great for teenagers.

Star Interview worksheets

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Sat, 2014-03-15 17:38

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

This integrated set of worksheet tasks develops speaking, listening & communication; reading and writing skills in relation to a topic of individual interest to the learner and also encourages independent research and planning.

Having compared and discussed the features of a few celebrity interview articles from a range of magazines, learners choose a celebrity (or star) who they would like to interview.

Floods UK 2014 L1-2 Functional English

Submitted by Kath Blanchard on Wed, 2014-01-22 13:03

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

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism, Politics & News items

Level: L1, L2

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

Functional English resource for Level 1/2 learners, working on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The PowerPoint presentation was used as a quiz to see if learners could recognise the flooded places and to encourage discussion leading onto the reading work.
Further opportunity is included for practising writing skills. A discussion was included on ‘Britain has the best climate in the world – do you agree?’

Editor’s note (Jan 23, 15.15)
Typo (p2) and several hyperlinks fixed

Capital letters consequences game

Submitted by Ruth North on Fri, 2014-01-17 10:23

Literacy: Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4, Functional English - writing

Free tags: consequences, fun

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Ice breaker, Teaching idea

A recap game to practise applying knowledge of when to use capital letters. Learners supply names, dates, places and objects to create a mis-matched story.

It could also be used as an icebreaker.

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