Literacy Resources

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Conjunctions - for hairdressing students

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2016-01-24 14:11

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

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive presentation

A PPT to supplement work on this topic in the context of hairdressing.
Also includes a quick starter on punctuation.

Homework Horror!

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2016-01-19 21:23

Literacy: Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

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

A resource based on a current (Jan 2016) Huffington Post news report about a piece of homework that was sent home for a child to learn which contained incorrect spellings.
Learners are to identify and correct the errors, write a full explanation of their thoughts on the matter and write an appropriate email to the head teacher.

Editor’s note
A wonderful, real-life and very functional task!

Museum of Your Life

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Wed, 2016-01-06 21:45

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

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

An enjoyable and challenging Creative Writing exercise that learners can use for reflection and self-expression. Responses from my learners have been in the form of articles, reports, power-point presentations, stories, poems, museum guidebooks, and notated floor-plans, but could also be in any other format agreed between tutor and learner.
The sheet can also be used as a discussion exercise for Speaking, Listening and Communication purposes.

The problem with obesity

Submitted by Laura Bell on Wed, 2016-01-06 20:42

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

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Cloze activity, reading and a writing exercise to mark National Obesity Awareness Week which runs 12th-18th January 2015, although the activity does not specifically refer to this and so can be used at any time. The cloze acts as an introduction, while the reading should stimulate discussion and provide the background for the writing activity.

New Year 2016 reading comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Fri, 2016-01-01 12:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L2.1

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on the BBC website’s coverage of celebrations around the world.

Identifying BIAS - tips & tasks L2 English

Submitted by Rachel Wilks on Thu, 2015-12-31 10:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Study Skills and General Teaching

Level: L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Tips and four tasks designed to help Level 2 Functional English learners think about how they can identify BIAS in texts.

Plural spellings - proofreading practice

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Tue, 2015-12-22 11:35

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.6, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A resource designed to be used with Abigail Illife’s excellent Plural Spelling rules resource [ see ‘See also’ below].

Learners can practise their proofreading skills and apply the spelling rules. Give learners the first sheet and ask them to highlight the mistakes. As well as spelling mistakes there are capital letters and the US spelling of centre.

Hand out the second sheet on which the mistakes are underlined so that they can mark themselves and check that they have spotted all the mistakes.

Fact, opinion and bias match up cards

Submitted by Nigel Henry on Thu, 2015-12-17 08:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: L1, L2

A L1/2 Functional English Card match activity. Serves as a tactile supplement/plenary to identifying the contrasts in the tone of language used in factual, opinionated and biased statements.

Layout and text features - card match

Submitted by Nigel Henry on Thu, 2015-12-17 07:36

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.4, Rt/L2.6

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: L1, L2

A L1/L2 Functional English card match resource. Serves as a tactile supplement/plenary for the recognition of text and layout features assessed at Level 1/2. Colour coded to aid learners in organising the columns, this resource allows learners to place the layout feature next to its descriptor and layout effect.

Black Friday & online Christmas shopping

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Tue, 2015-12-08 23:44

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Extract and interpret information, Functional Maths - data handling, Functional Maths - number, HD1/L1.1, HD1/L2.1

Free tags: Christmas

Context: Business & Money management, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Based on two recent articles / surveys on Black Friday shopping, the main focus of this resource is Functional Mathematics but there is also an introductory page of English questions that check vocabulary, purpos eof text nad the ability to extract meaning from graphical material and captions.

This is followed by three pages of challenging differentiated questions for E3-L2 Functional Maths – all are based on the infographics within the text.

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