Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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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

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work.

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. The main text can be divided up into a five-part jigsaw (all the paragraphs with headings), with learners sharing the information verbally before looking at the full text.

Making and dealing with complaints

Submitted by Hawa Lunat on Sun, 2017-05-07 16:13

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Lr/E3.2b, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E2.3d, ESOL Sc/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E3.4d

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3

This resource has a range of activities to help students learn useful expressions/ language to make a complaint.
It is useful in building confidence in making complaints in person and on the telephone.

Editor’s note
Includes sample dialogue with questions (can also be used as a reading comprehension), matching cards, sammple scenarios, curriculum mapping and teaching notes.

Sunny Estate Agents - Persuasive Writing Task

Submitted by Narinder Kallay on Sun, 2017-05-07 09:08

Literacy: GCSE English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Writing prompts

Level: L2

This resource is a writing task which asks the learners to use relevant literary devices (languages features) to compose a ‘For Sale’ ad for a house.

Prior to commencing the task, the learners are made aware of the following devices using a card match activity:

  • Flattery
  • Opinion
  • Hyperbole
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Imperative Command
  • Triples
  • Emotive Language
  • Statistics and Figures
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Repetition

General Election 2017 Reading and Video task

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Sat, 2017-05-06 16:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Writing for impact GCSE 9-1

Submitted by Suz Groves on Fri, 2017-03-31 17:22

Literacy: Functional Skills English, GCSE English

Resource type: Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L2

A resource suitable for GCSE or Functional Skills English (L2) that uses an image of an old lady as the basis of a series of activities for students to learn/embed the following:

  • To understand how to quickly plan a piece of writing,
  • To consider genre, audience, purpose, tone and use language devices
  • To improve the impact of the writing.

Red Nose Day 2017 Functional English reading

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Fri, 2017-03-31 09:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on information taken from the Red Nose Day website.
Created for a group of mixed ability E2-L1 students.

Personal Information for E1 ESOL

Submitted by Rebecca Gordon on Thu, 2017-03-09 11:11

Literacy: Syllables

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a, ESOL Rw/E1.3b, ESOL Ww/E1.1b, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Level: M8, E1

Resource type: Cut and stick, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

This resource will help learners recognise words related to personal information. Learners will read, match, fill in the gaps and identify the number of syllables.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Health and safety, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A work book style resource to support the development of Functional Skills English for Construction students (also specific activities for Painting & Decorating and Plastering students).
Editor’s note
Includes reading comprehension, planning leaflets, summarising key points, and report writing. With curriculum mapping (and very useful writing frames for lower level students).

Alphabet chart for ESOL adults

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Wed, 2017-02-15 14:58

Literacy: Rw/E1.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M6.1, Rw/M7.1, Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.2

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a

General: Dyslexia support

Resource type: Handout or guide, Reference card

Level: M6, M7, M8, E1

A-Z chart of pictures with the corresponding initial sound. I’ve tried to select pictures which Beginner ESOL adults will recognise.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.1, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday, Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study.

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