Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Goose Fair - L1-2 Functional English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-02-08 19:22

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

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

Reading and writing tasks based on an over-the-top article about a new ride at Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair.
The emphasis is on language features ( I HAD A FOREST) and persuasive writing but many aspects of L1-2 reading and writing are covered.

Valentine's Day Functional English tasks

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2018-02-05 22:42

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: Valentine's Day

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2.

Features of persuasive texts

Submitted by Sarah Penneck on Thu, 2018-01-25 21:10

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Rt/L2.4

ESOL: ESOL Rt/L1.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.2a, ESOL Rt/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Cut and stick, Reading comprehension

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Students first use Laura’s drag and drop activity on the computer (this covers both persuasive and instructive texts).
I then gave them the features of persuasive texts (see page 1 of resource) which they cut up and stick on the text on page 2 (or they could simply annotate the text using colo

John's Crazy Socks

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2018-01-21 17:32

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Follow and understand, Plan, compose and draft, Identify main points and detail, Rw/L1.2, Use reading strategies, Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: disability rights, Down's Syndrome, Equality and Diversity, inclusion

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3, L1

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

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

In the activity, there are six tasks – prediction, vocabulary, comprehension (reading for gist and detail), gap filling (missing headlines), discussion and writing (a social media comment).

Blue Planet E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-01-18 21:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource based on an article about the popular, award-winning Blue Planet 2 series.
General reading comprehension questions (with a focus on reading for detail) followed by a challenging writing exercise where the learner has to email a friend and persuade them not to leave litter on the beach.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Blue Moon E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Tue, 2018-01-16 21:29

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource about the the Blue Moon Eclipse due on 31 Jan 2018.
General reading comprehension questions followed by an interesting writing exercise where the learner has to enter a competition to win a telescope.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Word Wheel Template (editable)

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Mon, 2018-01-08 20:56

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Recognise and understand a range of words, Apply strategies to spell correctly

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Stretch & Challenge

Resource type: Cut and stick, Hands-on / practical activity, Resource generator, Teaching idea, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

This is a basic editable word wheel which you can print, cut out and attach together with a brass paper fastener.
Learners can concentrate on one word at a time. Word wheels can be used for building vocabulary, spelling practice and much more. Suitable for all levels of Functional Skills and ESOL.
Instructions and ideas are included within the PPT.

Find the /f/ sounds

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Sun, 2018-01-07 13:59

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/E3.2, GCSE A6 SPaG, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1, Word origins

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

This is a spelling/phonetics resource that could be used as a starter, differentiated activity or filler. Learners colour in the squares where the words have an /f/ sound, these words are hidden with words that are ‘gh’ but aren’t pronounced /f/. When completed the grid shows a smiley face. There are a few trap words in here which can be used for dictionary or internet search practice.

Greetings and feelings - ESOL worksheet

Submitted by Ann-Marie Okeke on Sat, 2018-01-06 06:51

Literacy: Rw/E1.1, SLc/E1.3

Pre-entry: Speaking & Listening, SLc/M8.3, Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E1.5a, ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Sc/E1.3a, ESOL Sd/E1.1c

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

A worksheet which aims at getting pre-entry /E1 ESOL learners to practice different responses to greetings; both positive and negative responses. It also includes a picture matching task which helps learners to understand feelings and moods.

Editor’s note
Also suitable for pre-Entry literacy.

Formal and informal writing

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Wed, 2018-01-03 21:24

Literacy: (a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

A set of two exercises (one vocabulary exercise, then a directed writing exercise) plus an extension (fun exercise where learners use the ‘wrong’ register to write a text) to learn about formal and informal language in English.

Editor’s note
No answers
Love the final exercise :) The examples (which involve David Beckham and a broken washing machine) are hilarious.

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