Literacy Resources

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Cyclones in Australia

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sat, 2015-02-21 04:57

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Ww/E1.2

Pre-entry: Ww/M8.1

Free tags: Australia, weather

Context: Politics & News items

Level: M8, E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A simplified reading about cyclones with reference to the two cyclones in Australia in February 2015 followed by some exercises. The exercises are at different levels to meet the very different abilities of students in my class.

Editor’s note
Lovely selection of reading materials and exercises – includes fill-in tables, questions, word searches (two levels), and a blank map to add cyclone paths. E1-E3.

Update (28/2/15)
Small error in wind speed chart now corrected.

New Year's Eve - E2 Functional English test

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 10:59

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Free tags: New Year

Context: History

Level: E2

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

A simplified and adapted version of Carrie Bray’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Functional English practice test (which is aimed at E3). This version is aimed at E2 and includes: reading comprehension questions based on New Year superstitions, a cloze exercise, form filling, writing task, and speakign & listening actvities. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also and select New Year’s Eve E3 English tasks.

New Year 2015 comprehension v2 (E2-E3)

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-01-06 10:43

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Free tags: New Year

Context: Politics & News items

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A simplified and adapted version of Laura Bell’s New Year Resource (which is aimed at E3-L2).
This version is aimed at E2-E3 and is a reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also.

New Year 2015 comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2015-01-01 20:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: New Year

Context: Politics & News items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

Social Ups and Downs (game)

Submitted by Andrea Slade on Mon, 2014-12-08 20:25

Pre-entry: N1/M8.1, SLlr/M8.3

Literacy: SLlr/E1.3

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number, N1/E1.1

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: M8, E1

A counting game along similar lines to Snakes and Ladders. Learners will learn turn-taking, following instruction & basic counting skills. In addition, they will pick up social and communication skills along the way.

(Print onto A3 – a dice and counters needed)

Editor’s note
A PPT version is also included to enable the game to be played on a smartboard.

Top Tips for L1-2 Functional Skills English tests

Submitted by Rachel Wilks on Fri, 2014-10-17 09:45

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Revision material

Top Tips for English tests is a handout that can be given out to learners.

Literacy: Functional English - writing

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1, L2

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

More and more vocational teachers are being asked to prepare learners for Functional Skills exams.

This resource is designed to give advice on format, style and layout; appropriate content and paragraphing which would accompany any awarding organizations exam. My college used Edexcel . Can be used for Level 1 and Level 2.

Editor’s note
This resource is ideal for all but will be especially helpful to non-specialist English teachers. Incredibly useful!

Job adverts

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:40

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E3.4

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Gardening & Horticulture, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Reported vs Direct speech

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:34

Literacy: Apply punctuation and capitalisation, SLc/L1.2, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

A handout and exercise sheets for using direct and reported speech. Gives several example of each and the exercises work by switching the same message between direct and reported speech.

I have used this as a speaking/listing exercise as well as writing for grammar/punctuation. Target group is really L1 /L2 but can work well with high E3 too.

Railway Safety discussion prompts

Submitted by Meera Popat on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:09

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, SLd/E2.2, SLd/E3.2, SLd/L1.1

Context: Health and safety

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation

A railway safety PowerPoint to be used as a discussion on why we need to stay safe around railway lines. Can be used as a speaking and listening tool to form discussion points or as a reading comprehension.

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