Literacy Resources

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Using timetables to plan a journey

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Sun, 2015-11-29 17:50

Numeracy: Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, MSS1/E3.3, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L1.3

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

Students regularly tell me they cannot read bus timetables and just wait for the next one to come along! This activity asks learners to find the most appropriate bus for my journey.
I print the timetables (pages 2-8) out enlarged to A3 and stick them to walls of my classroom.

Plan a Christmas Fete E1-E2

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Sat, 2015-11-28 18:41

Literacy: Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

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

Students are to plan and advertise a Christmas fete.
The resource covers writing lists and sentences, proof reading and using basic adjectives.
Students could use the Internet to find some ideas for Christmas stalls.

Remembrance Day E1-E2 writing practice

Submitted by Diane Lambert on Fri, 2015-11-06 14:01

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

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing prompts

I wrote this E1-2 writing task to supplement the excellent E1-2 reading/writing/discussion worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Write a note to a friend. Use conjunctions and check your work.

Editor’s Note
There is an E3 version of this task (writing an email) – contributed by Diane a couple of years ago. See below.


Submitted by Joanne Collins on Thu, 2015-10-22 19:54

Literacy: Ws/E2.2, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: E1, E2

A simplified adjectives resource that I created to use with E1/E2 learners to introduce them to writing a description of something. Students should be encouraged to provide one describing word each that can be displayed on the whiteboard before discussing the term adjective.

This resource covers what an adjective is with underlining and cloze writing exercises to build knowledge before students attempt to write a description of two pictures.

Spelling days and months

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Thu, 2015-10-22 14:15

Literacy: Apply strategies to spell correctly, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

Aimed at E1-E3 learners, this resource can be used to introduce the spellings of days and months at E1 or E2, or as a revision tool at E2 or E3. After finding the names of all 7 days and 12 months in the Wordsearch, where they are presented in upper-case letters, the learner uses the next sheet to write the names in the chart using the correct combination of upper and lower case letters.

Literacy: Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1

Free tags: Halloween

Context: History

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified reading comprehension based on the origins of Halloween with accompanying questions.
Two versions: one for E2 – low E3, another for high E3 – L1.

Buying gifts - Functional English tasks (E1-2)

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Mon, 2015-10-12 08:23

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Worksheet or assignment

Two differentiated functional English tasks that involves a number of reading and writing skills (with a bit of maths thrown in!). Learners can personalise this by using names of their own friends and family. For both versions you will need copies of the current Argos book or access to the web site.

Entry 2 version includes: using a catalogue or web site, writing a list & a gift tag, budgeting, writing a note. You will need one gift tag per learner.

2015 'Supermoon' eclipse comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-09-29 15:51

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

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading activity based on a BBC News article about the recent ‘Super-moon’ eclipse. Learners are to extract information from the text and from images included in the article.

Purpose of Text interactive PowerPoint

Submitted by Richard Scott on Mon, 2015-08-17 10:08

Literacy: Recognise purpose, Functional English - reading, Use language style and purpose

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1, L2

A movable PowerPoint that can be used as a starter, revision, recap, group activity, etc. Covering ALL FOUR purposes: INFORMATIVE, INSTRUCTIVE, PERSUASIVE and DESCRIPTIVE. Can be used in conjunction with the ‘comparison table’ which contains the same information in the simple and quick reference table (see my other resources).

Editor’s note
For full interactvity DO NOT use full screen

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