Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Pick 'n Mix writing task

Submitted by Ruth North on Tue, 2017-06-20 20:50

Literacy: GCSE English, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.

Summer Solstice reading & writing tasks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2017-06-20 18:20

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Solstice

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A topical summer solstice resource. A bit of reading comprehension based on a general article about the solstice which includes some embedded maths. This is followed by another short article with further comprehension questions and two associated writing tasks: one at L1/L2 and one at E3 (the latter a bit wacky!).

Volunteer Job Advert - reading & writing tasks

Submitted by Jane Stringer on Tue, 2017-06-13 16:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

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

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role.

Big Brother writing and discussion task (2)

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Mon, 2017-06-05 16:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Flash cards, Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity

I have had feedback from people using the Big Brother PDF discussion worksheet (see link below – under see also) but without any pictures! The fun part of the session (and for it to really work) is to show the students the people they have chosen: this generates plenty of discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. So, here are the 20 pictures to match to each description given in the earlier resource.

New Job - Functional Skills

Submitted by Hannah Yates on Fri, 2017-06-02 13:52

Numeracy: Functional Maths, N2/L1.9, N2/L2.8, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L1.1, MSS1/L1.3, MSS1/L2.2, N2/L1.5

Literacy: Functional English - writing

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A differentiated resource to recap many number & measure skills and to help learners with the skills needed when looking for or applying for a job.

How to not pass your driving test

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2017-05-30 09:42

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A short, contextual news article with associated comprehension and two writing tasks (a Facebook message and a formal letter).

Editor’s note
With answers and detailed curriculum mapping.

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.

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