Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Literacy: Wt/L1.1, Wt/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Interactive worksheet, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2


How to format and plan a formal letter or email for English functional skills.
Word document / template.

Editor’s note
Two very useful editable Word documents – one for a letter, one for an email.

Halloween complex sentences

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2017-10-18 19:06

Literacy: Ws/L1.1, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A series of tasks designed to help learners improve their sentences and hence their writing style. These tasks assume no previous knowledge of complex sentences or subordinating conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e. one clause, one verb) and compound sentences. (See my related Entry Level ‘Halloween Compound Sentences’ resource for more on compound sentences and coordinating conjunctions).

Aimed at L1-2 students but parts could be useful at Entry 3.

Are graffiti artists criminals?

Submitted by Sean Delaney on Tue, 2017-10-10 15:59

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Use appropriate language and strategies

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Two PowerPoint resources for discussion that can feed into Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills for English, Speaking & Listening.

Editor’s note
Also covers research, reading and writing. Great for prompting discussion among 14-19 year olds.

Halloween compound sentences

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2017-10-09 10:28

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.3, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

10/10/17 Several minor and one major correction made

These tasks assume no previous knowledge of compound sentences and/or conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Halloween, with associated writing assessments.
Two texts for each Entry Level: an email, a party invitation, a recipe, instructions for a Halloween game, a contents page, and a newspaper article.

Looking out for scams

Submitted by Rachel Farrow on Thu, 2017-09-28 08:31

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Rt/E1.1

Free tags: reading, scams

Context: Independent living

Level: E1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Reading comprehension

A Powerpoint presentation designed to prompt discussion and accompanying reading comprehension to advise about avoiding scams.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping. Covers reading, writing and SL&C.

Fatbergs - L1 Functional English reading tasks

Submitted by Leon Palmer on Wed, 2017-09-27 17:24

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A Level 1 reading task based on a BBC news article about problems with London’s Victorian sewers.
It focuses on text types, reading for gist and detail, vocab building and personal responses.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping.

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.

Haunted Portsmouth

Submitted by Jayn Coe on Sun, 2017-09-17 16:36

Literacy: Functional Skills English

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Halloween

Context: History

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

Designed for Entry 3 – Level 2 Functional Skills English.
Students loved this lesson. Can be designed around other areas but covers:
Writing persuasively.
Fact and opinion.
Research write a factual article
Create a poster using appropriate language.

Speaking & listening
Everyone has a ghost story to tell, so as a starter, ask the class for their contributions.
Discuss the local area and what they believe to be haunted.
Listen and respond appropriately to other points of view.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Submitted by Jayn Coe on Mon, 2017-08-21 11:24

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Pirates

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Literacy – aimed at Level 1-2 and links to imaginative writing at GCSE.
Quirky fun starter – find your pirate name. This can be done on mobile phones if there are no PCs.
Comprehension tasks.
After finding the King’s shilling, write descriptive letter home.

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