Literacy Resources

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2015 'Supermoon' eclipse comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-09-29 16:51

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

Context: Politics & News items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical reading activity based on a BBC News article about the recent ‘Super-moon’ eclipse. Learners are to extract information from the text and from images included in the article.

Purpose of Text interactive PowerPoint

Submitted by Richard Scott on Mon, 2015-08-17 11:08

Literacy: Recognise purpose, Functional English - reading, Use language style and purpose

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1, L2

A movable PowerPoint that can be used as a starter, revision, recap, group activity, etc. Covering ALL FOUR purposes: INFORMATIVE, INSTRUCTIVE, PERSUASIVE and DESCRIPTIVE. Can be used in conjunction with the ‘comparison table’ which contains the same information in the simple and quick reference table (see my other resources).

Editor’s note
For full interactvity DO NOT use full screen

King Richard III Functional English tasks

Submitted by Helen Whittaker on Fri, 2015-03-13 17:27

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

Context: History

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Reading comprehension on the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
Followed by writing tasks.
Level 1-2, with answers and curriculum mapping

Adult Ed Funding Cuts - English tasks

Submitted by Rachel Emmett on Tue, 2015-03-10 18:25

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Education, Politics & News items

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Editor’s note (11/3/2015)
Now includes an E2-3 version.

Topical L1-2 Functional English reading and writing tasks based on publicity about the latest, terrible round of adult education cuts.

Two cleverly differentiated resources. One for L1-2, the other for E2-E3. Both consist of a reading comprehension and two writing tasks.

Red Nose Day comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Sun, 2015-03-08 17:35

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

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Comprehension based on a Red Nose Day order form for schools. Two comprehensions – one L1/L2, one E3. Also some embedded maths and the E3 version includes form filling.

I recommend introducing the form with a discussion about features of text and layout.
The PDF form is available below and also online at:

Writing Prompt - Short Story

Submitted by Stephen Griffin on Thu, 2015-03-05 23:05

Literacy: Functional English - writing

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

A prompt to get learners writing a short story.

Learners must plan, draft and compose a piece of fiction that culminates with the line *The door slammed shut, never to be opened again.*

Good for brainstorming, planning, drafting, composing, checking and proofreading written work.

Editor’s note
The scaffolding and writing frames make this ideal for a wide ability range.

Drink driving - write a speech

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 22:29

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - writing


Context: Health and safety, Health, Social care, Early years, Motor vehicles & Transport

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

Level: L2

One of the Level 2 Functional English Writing exam papers asked students to write a speech.

I found a speech online and showed them how to use repeated words, emphasis, subheadings and to think about their audience. I then used the Drink Aware website to create this resource to enable students to practise speech writing.

100 keywords in alphabetical order

Submitted by Anne-Marie Marsh on Tue, 2015-03-03 20:44

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E2.1, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

General: Dyslexia support

Resource type: Assessment material, Flash cards

Level: M8, E1, E2

First 100 high frequency keywords typed out on excel in alphabetical order.

Editor’s note
A multitude of uses! Spelling or reading assessments / revision, making flash cards, etc.

Cyclones in Australia

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sat, 2015-02-21 05:57

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

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.

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