Literacy Resources

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Parts of the body quiz

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Fri, 2013-10-11 18:44

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1

ESOL: ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Rw/E1.1a

Level: E1

Resource type: Quiz

A quiz to help lower level learners recognise the names of parts of the body. The quiz can be done individually or in small teams; The names of body parts are on cards for each player/team. The tutor reads out clues to a part of the body. The learners choose the correct body part from their cards. There are three clues for each part. The players score for each correct answer: The highest points are for guessing after one clue and the lowest points for guessing only after all three clues.

999 Real emergencies

Submitted by Phoebe McLeod on Tue, 2013-09-10 16:48

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E1.1, Rt/E2.1

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1b, ESOL Rt/E2.1a

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Cut and stick, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2

Photos and pictures to match with accounts of real emergency situations. All in the present tense. All the accounts are true. Accounts can be cut in to strips and given to pairs of learners who can put them in to a sequence to tell a story.

Jumbled Poems & Limericks

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-02-11 13:14

Literacy: Poetry, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2, SLlr/E1.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

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

Level: E1, E2, E3

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started).

Working at the Garage Functional Skills tasks

Submitted by Annette Tedder on Sat, 2011-08-27 17:22

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Ww/E2.1, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2, E3

Great set of tasks covering maths (counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, extracting info from lists/tables, problem solving) and English (reading and spelling).
Fully mapped to E1-E3 Functional Skills criteria (most suitable for E1-E2 but some of the maths is E3) with extensive teaching tips and notes.

Adapted from Jennifer Whitehead’s “Workign in a Garage” (see below).

E1-E2 form filling

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Mon, 2011-07-18 16:39

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.2, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Wt/E1.1a, ESOL Wt/E2.1b

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A good mix of reading and writing resources all focusing on E1-E2 form-filling skills.
Includes: 3 forms to be filled in after reading three short descriptions; a personal form to complete, sentence work, and a matching exercise.
Fully mapped. Written for E1-E2 ESOL but also suitable for (and mapped to) Entry literacy and Functional English.

ESOL Form filling

Submitted by Grishma Sarabi on Thu, 2011-05-26 17:07

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.2, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Wt/E2.1b

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Flash cards, Worksheet or assignment

ESOL Form fillingESOL Form fillingSet of integrated form filling resources used in an E1-2 ESOL class but also suitable for E3 Literacy and E2 Functional English. Includes key words and pictures, synonyms matching activity and two short reading / form filling tasks.

Sending a text - personal safety workbook

Submitted by Sarah Horsley on Sat, 2011-05-21 18:37

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

Numeracy: MSS2/E1.2

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E1.1a, ESOL Wt/E1.1a

Context: Health and safety, Independent living

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

Level: E1

Lovely workbook for E1 ESOL, Literacy or Functional English. Use a prompt for discussion about the importance of keeping in touch, letting people know where you are, and asking for help. With plenty of opportunities for students to write their own texts.

A separate blank mobile template is also included – ideal for writing texts. Also useful for E1 Numeracy and Functional Maths positional vocabulary work. E.g. Which number is directly below the 6 key? Which number is in the middle on the top row? Etc.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Functional Maths

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Independent living, Politics & News items

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity

Level: E1, E2, E3

A simulation of the AV and FPTP voting system first used in an Entry Level Functional Maths and English class on Referendum day May 5th 2011.

Students vote for their favourite chocolate and compare the results when using the two different systems.

Resource includes AV and FPTP ballot papers, ballot box labels and a polling station poster. Plus links to voting information videos and easy-read referendum information leaflets.

Olympic games 2012 E1-2 Functional Skills

Submitted by Deborah Proudfoot on Mon, 2011-04-18 11:55

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Numeracy: Functional Maths

ICT: Using ICT, Finding and selecting information

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

This uses the Olympic games 2012 as a focus.The main emphasis is maths / numeracy but ICT and English reading skills are also covered.

Learners will read dates by looking at a calendar and marking on when the Olympics start and finish (including the Paralympics), read times that the football events start and finish and put these on a clockface, and read prices of tickets of a match that they choose. There are also questions on shapes, number, money and doubling.

Reading and writing letters - Functional English

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Wed, 2011-03-30 18:22

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

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Level: E1, E2

Two sets of reading comprehension questions and a writing task – all based on a simple everyday letter informing a friend of a change of address. Ideal for, and fully mapped to, E1-E2 Functional English or any literacy lesson that is focusing on informal letters.

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