Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Comparing texts - gunpowder plot

Submitted by Sarah Holmes on Wed, 2018-01-03 12:13

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A2 Analyse, GCSE A3 Compare texts

Free tags: Guy Fawkes

Context: History

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Revision material

Aimed at Functional Skills Level 2 learners, this resource is also suitable for the new 9 -1 GCSE requirements (Reading A2 and A3).

It is designed to be done towards the end of a unit on reading skills as it draws together skimming, scanning, information retrieval skills and the ability to collate information.

3 non-fiction texts on the theme of the gunpowder plot are provided along with a worksheet with exam-style reading comprehension questions about the 3 texts.

New Year 2018

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2018-01-02 12:49

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A reading comprehension based on the BBC news website with related writing activities, one at E3 (informal letter) and one at L1-L2 (email).

Editor’s note
There is also some maths thrown in for good measure! A great resource for the start of (spring) term.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST, Christmas

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

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

A revision activity for Level 1 Functional Skills English reading and writing.

Editor’s note
Reading questions cover all aspects of the FS criteria. The writing activity (formal letter) stresses the use of persuasive techniques and is ideal for both Level 1 and Level 2. It includes a useful writing checklist.

Conjunctive adverbs

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Mon, 2017-12-11 23:33

Literacy: GCSE A5, GCSE A6 SPaG, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: adverbial conjuncts, adverbs, conjunctive adverbs

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a short explanation with examples of eight sorts of conjunctive adverb arranged by type. There is an activity to complete, as well as some stretch/research activities for differentiation.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to L2 Functional English and GCSE English

Sentences using homographs

Submitted by Elizabeth Henderson on Wed, 2017-12-06 18:56

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.5, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Identify main points and detail, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Free tags: Brexit, conjunction, contrast, EU, government, leisure, public funding, sport

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L1, L2

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

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Learners start by discussing issues around sports funding, before reading Text A, which is adapted from an article published in 2016, following the Brexit vote. There are five comprehension questions.

Literacy: Wt/L1.1, Wt/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Interactive worksheet, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2


How to format and plan a formal letter or email for English functional skills.
Word document / template.

Editor’s note
Two very useful editable Word documents – one for a letter, one for an email.
[5/12/17] Minor edits to the formal letter template

Halloween complex sentences

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2017-10-18 20:06

Literacy: Ws/L1.1, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A series of tasks designed to help learners improve their sentences and hence their writing style. These tasks assume no previous knowledge of complex sentences or subordinating conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e. one clause, one verb) and compound sentences. (See my related Entry Level ‘Halloween Compound Sentences’ resource for more on compound sentences and coordinating conjunctions).

Aimed at L1-2 students but parts could be useful at Entry 3.

Are graffiti artists criminals?

Submitted by Sean Delaney on Tue, 2017-10-10 16:59

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Use appropriate language and strategies

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Two PowerPoint resources for discussion that can feed into Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills for English, Speaking & Listening.

Editor’s note
Also covers research, reading and writing. Great for prompting discussion among 14-19 year olds.

Halloween compound sentences

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2017-10-09 11:28

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.3, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

10/10/17 Several minor and one major correction made

These tasks assume no previous knowledge of compound sentences and/or conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e.

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